Larissa Fluegel

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Assistant Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Learning Society Fellow, CHM West

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MHS 2014 Grand Valley State University
MD 2003 Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo

Curriculum Vitae


Research interests: Medical ethics and public health; medical education and health promotion; integration of ethics, health policy, distributive justice and evidence base in the practice of medicine.

Laura Cabrera

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Assistant Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Faculty Affiliate, College of Law
Faculty Affiliate, Neuroscience Program, College of Natural Science
Faculty Affiliate, National Core for Neuroethics at University of British Columbia

C-211 East Fee Hall
(517) 355-7553
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PhD 2012 Charles Sturt University
MA 2008 Linköping Universitet
MA 2007 Linköping Universitet
BS 2005 Instituto Technologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Curriculum Vitae
MSU Scholars Profile
Research Gate Profile


Laura Cabrera's interests focus on the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology and neuroscientific advances. She has been working on projects that explore the media coverage and the attitudes of the general public toward pharmacological and novel neurosurgical interventions for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. She has also worked on the public perceptions towards the use of different modalities of neuromodifiers for enhancement purposes, as well as their normative implications.

Her current work also focuses on the ethical and social implications of environmental changes for brain and mental health.

Selected Publications

Cabrera LY, Goudreau J, Sidiropoulos C. Critical appraisal of the recent US FDA approval for earlier DBS intervention. Neurology. 2018. Available online June 13, 2018.

Eijkholt M, Cabrera LY, Ramirez-Zamora A, Pilitsis JG. Shaking Up the Debate: Ensuring the Ethical Use of DBS Intervention Criteria for Mid-Stage Parkinson's Patients. Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface. Available online May 11 2017. July 2017;20(5):411-416.

Cabrera LY. Rethinking Human Enhancement: Social Enhancement and Emergent Technologies. London: Palgrave Macmillan; 2015.

Cabrera L, Reiner P. Understanding public (mis)understanding of tDCS for enhancement. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. Apr 2015;9(30).


Cabrera L, Fitz N, Reiner P.B. Reasons for comfort and discomfort with pharmacological enhancement of cognitive, affective, and social domain. Neuroethics. Aug 2015;8(2):93-106. DOI: 10.1007/s12152-014-9222-3.

Cabrera L. How does enhancing cognition affect human values? How does this translate into social responsibility? In: Ohl F, Lee G, Illes J, eds. Ethical Issues in Behavioral Neuroscience: Springer; 2015:223-241.

Cabrera L, Weckert J. Human Enhancement and Communication: on Meaning and shared understanding. Science and Engineering Ethics. Sept 2013;19(3):1039-1056.

Selected Achievements and Awards

2018-2022: National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative grant award (PI: Laura Cabrera), Is the Treatment Perceived to be Worse than the Disease?: Ethical Concerns and Attitudes towards Psychiatric Electroceutical Interventions. Read More

2018-2019: National Institute on Aging grant award (MSU PI: Laura Cabrera), Latinos Perceptions and Concerns about Alzheimer Disease. Read More

2016-2018: International Neuroethics Society Response Action Task Force.

2016-2017: Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award, (PI: Laura Cabrera. Co-PIs: Robyn Bluhm, Mark Reimers), Psychiatric Interventions: Values and Public Attitudes.

2014: Abstract Award: Travel stipend for the International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting and abstract, “Substantive Discrepancies Between Academic and Public Concerns Regarding the Ethics of Neuroenhancement” (INS Abstract # 78).

2013: Brocher Foundation. Visiting research fellowship at the Brocher Foundation on the project ‘Legal and ethical issues around animal-human chimera research (the case of human neuro-related material use in non-human primates).’

2011: Singularity University Graduate Student Program Grant (June-August).

Guobin Cheng

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

2015-2016 Visiting Professor

Associate Professor, Southeast University, China

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PhD 2008 Southeast University
MBBS 1999 Southeast University (Nanjing Railway Medical College)

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Cheng's research expertise includes bioethics, cross-cultural and international bioethics, medical ethics in China, reproductive ethics, health care ethics, and the comparative history and philosophy of Chinese and Western medicine.

Selected Publications

Ethical Research of Human Gene Technology, Chinese Social Science Press, February 2012

Devan Stahl

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Assistant Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Pediatrics and Human Development

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

C-213 East Fee Hall
(517) 432-7420
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PhD 2015 Saint Louis University
M.Div. 2010 Vanderbilt Divinity School
BA 2007 University of Virginia

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MSU Scholars Profile
Research Gate Profile


Devan Stahl’s interests focus on clinical ethics, particularly beginning of life and end of life issues. She is particularly interested in the intersections between disability studies and bioethics as well as theological bioethics.

In early 2018, Devan released an edited volume (Cascade Books) examining the power of medical images and their impact on patients and the wider culture. The book brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines, including fine art, medical humanities, visual culture, philosophy, and theology, who each offer their own interpretation of a set of medical images. Visit the MSU Bioethics blog to learn more about the book, listen to Episode 7 of No Easy Answers in Bioethics.

Selected Publications

Stahl D, Banja J. The Persisting Problem of Precedent Autonomy Among Persons in a Minimally Conscious State: The Limitations of Philosophical Analysis and Clinical Assessment. AJOB Neuroscience. 2018;9(2):120-127. Available online June 5, 2018.

Stahl D, Vercler CJ. What Should Be the Surgeon’s Role in Defining “Normal” Genital Appearance? AMA Journal of Ethics. April 2018;20(4):384-391.

Stahl D, ed. Imaging and Imagining Illness: Becoming Whole in a Broken Body. Cascade Books; 2018. Read More

Stahl, D., Cabrera, L., Gibb, T. (2017). “Should DBS for Psychiatric Disorders Be Considered a Form of Psychosurgery? Ethical and Legal Considerations” Science and Engineering Ethics. DOI 10.1007/s11948-017-9934-y.

Stahl, D. and Tomlinson, T. (2017). “Is There a Right Not to Know?” Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, 14: 259-260.

Stahl, D. and D.G. Stahl. (2016). “Seeing Illness in Art and Medicine: A Patient and Printmaker Collaboration,” Medical Humanities.

Selected Achievements and Awards

Jean Vanier Emerging Scholar Award (Summer Institute of Theology and Disability), 2018

Member, Committe on Bioethics, Michigan State Medical Society

HARP Production Grant, Michigan State University, 2016

President Elect, North American Paul Tillich Society

Judith Andre

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Professor Emerita

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Philosophy

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PhD 1979 Michigan State University
BA 1967 Viterbo College

Curriculum Vitae


Judith Andre released a book called Worldly Virtue for Lexington Press (Rowman and Littlefield) in 2015. Each chapter addresses a particular virtue: honesty, humility, generosity, temperance, and so on. Each draws from traditions around the world (including our own), as well as the findings of social sciences. The chapter on temperance, for instance, includes a discussion of addiction as science now understands it; the treatment of generosity draws from the norm of reciprocity, as social science identifies it. The chapter on age and virtue draws from cultures that respect elders more than our own does. Some virtues are reconfigured and given new names: honoring oneself, for instance, and a stance toward the material world that she calls “earthy virtue.”

Selected Publications

Worldly Virtue: Moral Ideals and Contemporary Life: Lexington Books; 2015.

Open Hope as a Civic Virtue: Ernst Bloch and Lord Buddha, Social Philosophy Today. 2013: 29: 89-100.

Legal Ethics! Really? In: Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray and Robert Arp, eds. The Good Wife and Philosophy. Chicago: Open Court; 3-12.

The Virtue of Honoring Oneself. In: O’Reilly A, ed. Maternal Thinking: Philosophy, Politics, Practice. Toronto: Demeter Press; 2009.

Learning to Listen: Second Order Moral Perception and the Work of Bioethics. In: Eckenwiler L, Cohn F, eds. The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2007: 220-8.

Bioethics as Practice. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press; 2002.

Selected Achievements and Awards

Invited panel member: 9th World Congress of Bioethics, Rijeka, Croatia

Colloquium: Institute for Biomedical Law and Ethics, Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea

Outstanding University Woman Faculty Award, Faculty-Professional Women’s Association, MSU