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  • Ethics of Neurotechnology
  • Effects of Aging and Disease on Financial and Medical Decision-making

Winston Chiong, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Chiong is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology Memory and Aging Center, where his clinical practice focuses on Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, and other cognitive disorders of aging. He is the Associate Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy, is a member of the UCSF Medical Center Ethics Committee, and co-directs the Ethics, Law and Society Curriculum of the Global Brain Health Institute. Nationally, he is a member of the Neuroethics Division of the National Institutes of Health BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Multi-Council Working Group and the American Academy of Neurology’s Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee.

He received his PhD in philosophy from New York University and his MD from UCSF. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Stanford University, and a residency in neurology at UCSF. He then underwent postdoctoral research training in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging at UC Berkeley and clinical training in dementia in the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

Dr. Chiong’s academic interests lie at the intersection of philosophy, clinical medicine and cognitive neuroscience. His current research focuses on neural systems involved in decision-making and personality, and on the ethical and policy implications of perturbations of these systems due to disease, aging, and neurotechnological interventions.


Chiong W, Leonard MK, and Chang EF. “Neurosurgical patients as research subjects: Ethical considerations in intracranial electrophysiology research.” Neurosurgery (2017).

Chiong W. “Challenges in communicating and understanding predictive biomarker imaging for Alzheimer disease.” JAMA Neurology (2017).

Chiong W, Wood KA, Beagle AJ, Hsu M, Kayser AS, Miller BL, and Kramer JH. “Neuroeconomic dissociation of semantic dementia and behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia.” Brain (2016).

Chiong W, Wilson SM, D’Esposito M, Kayser AS, Grossman SN, Poorzand P, Seeley WW, Miller BL, and Rankin KP. “The salience network causally influences default mode network activity during moral reasoning.” Brain (2013).