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Senior lecturer, Deakin University

Cynthia Forlini is a Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics and Professionalism in the School of Medicine (Faculty of Health) at Deakin University. Her research explores the neuroethical issues that arise as we redefine the boundaries between treatment, maintenance, and enhancement of cognitive performance. She has examined these issues conceptually and empirically as they relate to the use of neurotechnology (e.g. neuropharmaceuticals and non-invasive brain stimulation) in different contexts such as competitive academic environments, research, healthy cognitive ageing, and dementia prevention. Her work on cognitive ageing was supported by a Australia Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (2015-2017).


  • 2022–present
    Senior lecturer, School of Medicine, Deakin University
  • 2019–2021
    Lecturer, School of Medicine, Deakin University
  • 2016–2019
    Research Fellow, Sydney Health Ethics, The Univerity of Sydney
  • 2013–2016
    Postdoctoral research fellow, The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research
  • 2009–2013
    PhD (Neuroscience), Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal (McGill University)