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Epigenetics, Experience and Responsibility: Implications for neurodevelopmental disorders

Research project The project investigates the ethical implications of epigenetics for neurodevelopmental conditions.

NEUROEPIGENETHICS will use theoretical and empirical methods to investigate how certain concepts (innate/biological/genetic) affect the ways in which professionals and stakeholders (persons with a neurodevelopmental disorder and their families) conceive of responsibility. We will research how individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families experience the interaction between their condition and their biological and social environment. Finally, we will define moral responsibility in light of the emerging field of epigenetics in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders and child psychiatric practice. The project is led by Kristien Hens, at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Project overview

Project period:

2019-01-01 2023-12-31


This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 804881).
PI Kristien Hens. Overall budget 1 453 012 EUR.

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

Research area

Philosophy and philosophy of science

Project description

Learn more about the project at http://www.neuroepigenethics.com/

Latest update: 2019-09-18