Dear INS Members,

The recent U.S. Executive Order about immigration has caused widespread concern, including at your International Neuroethics Society. Last November the INS issued a statement affirming that we seek a diversity of global perspectives, values and experiences, and encourage multi-cultural and intellectual exchange:

The International Neuroethics Society is committed to working with its members and partners to align considerations of ethics, society, policy and law with advances in neuroscience. As an international organization, we seek a diversity of global perspectives, values and experiences, and encourage multi-cultural and intellectual exchange. Our successful 10th anniversary Annual Meeting (November 2016) coincided with a time of political change and uncertainty. We remain optimistic for the future, and focused on expanding our international work in an inclusive way.

The new, unsupportable U.S. action requires a more specific response. The Society’s Executive Committee will meet by teleconference as soon as possible to discuss paths forward. Expect to see a statement from the Society about the situation shortly after that meeting, probably similar to positions taken by the AAAS, SfN, and most major U.S. universities.

The INS is scheduled to hold its annual meeting in November in Washington, D.C.  One of the issues the Executive Committee will consider urgently is whether, and under what conditions, that meeting should go forward as planned, as well as possible alternatives. The immigration order is in great flux right now, with the judicial, legislative, and executive branches all involved in what it will look like going forward. The Executive Committee and I need to watch the situation carefully as it evolves. Our consideration would be helped by your thoughts; please send your comments to

We assure you that the INS leadership takes this situation very seriously and is deeply concerned about its effects on all of our members—as well as all those affected by this action.

Judy Illes
President, International Neuroethics Society
Brain Awareness Week
The 22nd annual observance of Brain Awareness Week will be March 13-19, 2017. Coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, the campaign aims to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. S everal of your INS member colleagues will be participating with the following activities.
Sex, Lies and Brain Scans: Can Scans Reveal What Goes on in Our Minds?
March 13 (7:30–9:00 PM),  Cambridge, United Kingdom
Studies using functional MRI (fMRI) enable us to ‘read minds’ and detect conscious brain activity in patients who are thought to be in a persistent vegetative state. As our ability to read thoughts improves, what are the ethical issues? Barbara Sahakian, John Pickard, Molly Crockett, and Dr. Julia Gottwald will discuss what brain scans tell us, what they may tell us in the future, and what impact fMRI may have on society. This event is organized as part of the the Cambridge Science Festival 2017, March 13-26.
Ethical Challenges from Emerging Neurotechnology: Humans and Intelligent Devices in Interaction
March 13 (12:15–1:45 PM),  Basel, Switzerland
With the unprecedented progress in the basic sciences of mind and brain and in the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders, comes an expanding role of neuroscience and neurotechnology in our society. These advancements also raise novel ethical challenges. This talk by Philipp Kellmeyer, University Medical Center Freiburg (Universitätsklinikum Freiburg), is organized as part of the University of Basel's Contemporary Debates in Neuroethics series. 
If you or your institution will be organizing an event, discussion or debate during Brain Awareness Week, March 13-19, 2017, please let us know by completing the news/event form and we will share with our international members and neuroethics leaders.
BNA2017 Festival of Neuroscience
The INS is participating in the British Neuroscience Association's BNA2017 Festival of Neuroscience to be held April 10-13 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Nick Davis, Manchester Metropolitan University, will give a public talk titled "Using brain science to boost behaviour" on April 11 (10:00–11:45am) at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.

Sir Colin Blakemore, University of London, and Irene Tracey, University of Oxford, will lead a discussion forum on "Brain research, ethics, policy and society" on April 13 (10:40–11:40am) at the ICC Birmingham.

Review the program and public program for more information about featured themes, speakers and topics.
CONTRIBUTE TO THE NEWSLETTER! -- Send us announcements and short news pieces in French, German, Spanish and others -- along with the English translation -- to share with our international members and neuroethics leaders.  
The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) is now accepting symposium and technical workshop proposals for the 11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience to be held July 7-11, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Organizers provide submission guidelines and meeting themes on the event website. The submission deadline is March 1, 2017.
The Italian Society for Neuroethics has announced a call for papers for the IX edition of the International Scientific Conference on Neuroethics and  Fourth Conference of the Italian Society for Neuroethics (SINe) to be held May 17-19 in Padua, Italy. The meeting theme is "Mind, Brain, and Body. A Neuroethical Perspective." Abstracts of 300 words or less, written in Italian or English, must be received by April 6 through the online system.
The National Advisory Mental Health Council is holding an open policy session Thursday, February 9 for the mental health research and advocacy communities to learn about the current programs and priorities of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. The meeting will be held 9:00am–12:45pm EST (US) in Bethesda, MD and available via videocast . 
•  Graduate student opportunity -- National Core for Neuroethics, UBC
•  Fellowship in Bioethics -- Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics
•  Open U.S. HHS neuroethics funding opportunities: K18 and F32
•  Director of the NIH BRAIN Initiative -- U.S. NIH-NINDS

A Reuters article, titled "Paralyzed patients communicate thoughts via brain-computer interface" and published January 31, discusses a new device that measures the brain's blood oxygen levels and enables communication by deciphering the thoughts of patients who are totally paralyzed and unable to talk.
The December issue of the Neuroethics journal, published by Springer, includes several articles from INS members.
Nita Farahany, Duke Law School, was interviewed for an article on "Neurorelevance" for the blog In Search of Refinement: Reflections of an Ideas Prospector, published December 5, 2016.
Chris Deubert, I. Glenn Cohen, and Holly Fernandez Lynch of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University wrote a report titled "Protecting and Promoting the Health of NFL Players: Legal and Ethical Analysis and Recommendations," published November 2016.
The Neuroethics Blog, hosted by the Center for Ethics at Emory University, is the official blog of the International Neuroethics Society and AJOB Neuroscience.
March 10, Porto, Portugal
The conference intends to open the debate among neuroscience and neuroethics, find ethical convergences concerning values and principles and a methodology for cooperation in the future. (Conferência Internacional sobre Neuroética pretende abrir o debate entre as neurociências e a neuroética; encontrar convergências éticas relativas aos valores e princípios e uma metodologia para a cooperação no futuro.)
March 13-19
If you or your institution will be organizing an event, discussion or debate, please let INS members know by completing the News / Event Submission form. 
June 19-21, Paris, France
June 26-28, Paris, France
July 12-14, Bethesda, MD, United States
The meeting provides an opportunity to hear from experts at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, participate in technical workshops, and network with local members and community leaders. More information to be announced later this Spring. 
2017 INS Annual Meeting
November 9-10, Washington, DC, United States
The International Neuroethics Society is an interdisciplinary group of scholars, scientists, clinicians and other professionals who share an interest in the social, legal, ethical and policy implications of advances in neuroscience. Our mission is to promote the development and responsible application of neuroscience through interdisciplinary and international research, education, outreach and public engagement for the benefit of people of all nations, ethnicities, and cultures. Start your membership today!