Should chronic pain be considered a brain disease? Ethics lessons from the brain disease model of addiction

March 10, 2021 12:00PM

In this free webinar, Dr. Daniel Buchman will examine recent arguments made by researchers, health care providers and people living with pain to classify chronic pain as a brain disease. He will explore the ethical strengths and vulnerabilities of a brain disease framing, and how the recent history of framing addiction as a brain disease offers a cautionary tale with respect to chronic pain.

 
Dr. Daniel Buchman

Dr. Daniel Buchman

Dr. Daniel Buchman is a Bioethicist and Independent Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, a member of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and an Affiliate Scientist in the Krembil Research Institute at the University Health Network. Daniel's primary areas of research interest include ethical issues related to mental health, substance use, and chronic pain. Themes related to stigma, identity, moral responsibility, and compassion are prominently featured in his work. Some of Daniel's current research interests are in the areas of ethics of machine learning and big data in mental health, neuroethics, and psychedelic-assisted mental health care.

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