Neuroethics 2024
INS Annual Meeting
Baltimore USA + Virtual

Stigma and the Brain Disease Model of Chronic Pain – Helping or Hurting?

This session will explore the neuroethical implications of brain disease explanations of chronic pain on stigma. Panelists’ presentations aim to shed light on the complexities of neuroessentialist explanations of chronic pain and explore potential avenues for improving interventions in pain management to reduce rather than entrench stigma for people living with chronic pain.


  • Daniel Buchman, PhD RSW
  • David Seminowicz, PhD
  • Iris Coates McCall, MBE
  • Emeralda Burke, MHE
  • Jada Wiggleton-Little, PhD


Neuroethics 2024

  • Date: Friday, April 19, 2024
  • Start Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT
  • Duration: 60 minutes


  1. Introduction and pre-session survey / 5 mins
  2. Presentations / 40 mins
  3. Discussion, Q&A and post-session survey / 15 mins


  1. Barnett A, O’Brien K, Hall W, Carter A. Support for the psychosocial, disease and brain disease models of addiction: A survey of treatment providers’ attitudes in Australia, the UK, and U.S. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2020 Aug;115:108033.


Daniel Buchman, PhD RSW

Bioethicist and Scientist
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Joint Centre for Bioethics
University of Toronto

David Seminowicz, PhD

Department of Medical Biophysics
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Western Ontario

Iris Coates McCall, MBE

Research Analyst
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Emeralda Burke, MHE

Experience and Engagement Specialist
Unity Health Toronto

Jada Wiggleton-Little, PhD

Neuroethics Fellow
Neurological Institute & Center for Bioethics
Cleveland Clinic