Fabrice Jotterand

Fabrice Jotterand, PhD

Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA, is associate professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities and director of the Graduate Program in Bioethics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He holds a second appointment as senior researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He is originally from Switzerland but moved to the United States in 1995 for his education and subsequent academic career. His experience as an educator has been fostered by more than a decade of teaching courses in bioethics, neuroethics and medical humanities. Educated in Switzerland, Canada, and the United States, he brings an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary perspective on issues pertaining to medicine and health care delivery, essential in our pluralistic society.

Jotterand’s scholarship and research interests focus on issues including neuroethics, ethical issues in psychiatry and mental health, the use of neurotechnologies in psychiatry, medical professionalism, neurotechnologies and human identity, and bioethics and moral/political philosophy. He has published more than 50 articles and book chapters as well as reviews in leading academic journals and has published four books. He serves on the editorial advisory board of ​​The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and is an associate editor for ​​Archives of Public Health. He is the founding co-editor of the book series Advances in Neuroethics (Springer). Jotterand is a member of the International Neuroethics Society's Communications, Outreach and Membership Committee and was a member of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on Philosophy and Medicine between 2012–2015.

His present research focuses on an examination of the ethical, regulatory and social issues arising from the use of emerging neurotechnologies in psychiatry and neurology as well as developing a conceptual framework to address questions of health equity that reflect a commitment to human flourishing and social justice. He is also working on a book, titled ​​The Unfit Brain and the Limits of Moral Bioenhancement (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan), that focuses on the ethical and social implications of the potential use of neurotechnologies in psychiatry to alter brain functions to address so-called “moral pathologies” (antisocial, aggressive, and harmful behavior; psychopathic traits).

Updated May 2018