Winston Chiong, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology
UC San Francisco

associate director
ucsf/uc Hastings consortium on law, science and health policy
UCSF Faculty Profile
Key Areas: neuroethics, decision neuroscience, neuroimaging, online computer-based testing

With population aging and other global demographic changes, people are now expected to make more complex and consequential decisions much later in life than ever before.

Winston Chiong’s interests lie at the intersection of ethics, clinical neurology, and cognitive neuroscience. He studies the neural bases of decision-making in the aging brain in both health and disease using techniques such as task-based functional MRI, large-scale online population-based methods, and computational behavioral modeling. He also studies the ethical and policy implications of age- and disease-related changes in decision-making in collaboration with colleagues in diverse fields such as law, economics, sociology, and philosophy. This research is informed by his clinical practice caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, and other cognitive disorders of aging.

As part of GBHI, Chiong co-directs the Ethics, Law, and Society curriculum to prepare fellows for these and other emerging ethical and policy challenges. He is particularly interested in work that spans different fields and disciplines, given the complex relationships between neurobiological, economic, sociological, legal and philosophical factors in addressing these changes.

Bio: Winston Chiong is an assistant professor at the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences’ Memory and Aging Center, and he is associate director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy. He received his PhD in philosophy from New York University and his MD from UCSF. Alongside his training in behavioral neurology at UCSF, he has undertaken postdoctoral research training in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging at UC Berkeley. He serves as 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.