Professor James Giordano

Professor James Giordano


Prof. James Giordano is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Co-director of the O’Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC.

As well, he is Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions, and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany, and was formerly JW Fulbright Professor of Neuroscience and Neuroethics at the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.

Prof. Giordano is a Senior Research Fellow of the European Union’s Human Brain Project, working on neuroethical and social issues in brain science, and serves as an appointed member of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Advisory Council on Human Research Protections.

A neuroscientist and neuroethicist with over 25 years’ experience in basic and translational research upon mechanisms of chronic pain and other neurological and psychiatric disorders, his current work focuses upon neuroethical and legal issues arising in and from the use of advanced neurotechnologies in medicine, public life, and national security.

Prof. Giordano is the author of over 250 publications and 7 books in neuroscience and neuroethics, and 11 governmental whitepapers on bioscience, biotechnology and biosecurity.

Prof. Giordano was awarded a PhD in biological psychology from the City University of New York; was NIEHS post-doctoral fellow in neurotoxicology and neuropathology at the Johns Hopkins University; APA Visiting Fellow in advanced neuroimaging at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital; and completed post-graduate training in bioethics and health policy at the Neiswanger Institute of Loyola University, Chicago.

In recognition of his work, he was elected to the European Academy of Science and Arts.