Human Brain Organoids: the Science, the Ethics
On June 1, the International Neuroethics Society (INS) and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities at the University of Oxford co-hosted a symposium on human brain organoids. Neuroscientists, clinicians, lawyers and philosophers gathered to hear lectures given by Madeline Lancaster, Julian Savulescu, and INS President Hank Greely.

The lectures were followed by invigorating discussion and debate on the science and the ethics associated with this new technology. You can find a summary of the issues discussed and  videos  of the lectures on the INS website .

The event was chaired by  Hannah Maslen , University of Oxford, and was organized jointly by the  Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities  at the University of Oxford and the INS, with support from the  European Dana Alliance for the Brain . Many thanks to those in attendance, our hosts, and everyone who helped make this event possible.
Take a moment today to introduce the INS to your colleagues and students who are interested in neuroethics and the responsible use of advances in brain science.
Mark your calendars! Neuroethics workshop in Stockholm
This November 15-17, the Human Brain Project is hosting a workshop on ethics, research, and societal impact titled, " Dual Use and Responsible Research: Ethical Challenges."

The workshop aims to provide participants with insights on ethical aspects of dual-use research in neuroscience and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Lectures will be given by some of the world‘s leading experts on dual-use in neuroscience research, including a round table discussion with INS member James Giordano. Topics will include the chemistry of the brain and dual action of drugs; novel incapacitants; ethics awareness and engagement and RRI.
The registration deadline is October 4. For more information on applications and abstract submission guidelines, visit the workshop website.
Discussing Neuroethics, Smartphones and Health with INS Annual Meeting Speaker Tom Insel – INS Board Member Tom Insel, a psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and a co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health, will deliver the opening lecture at the 2018 INS Annual Meeting on November 1. Check out a recent interview with Dr. Insel for an inside look at ethical dilemmas of using technology to monitor health and his upcoming talk introducing the ethical issues of digital phenotyping before a panel titled 'Digitally Decoding Brain & Behavior.'
Cutting Edge Neuroscience, Cutting Edge Neuroethics
November 1-2; San Diego, California
Ethics, Law, and Technology
August 24-25; Sydney, NSW, Australia
Visit the meetings page on the INS website for complete details, deadlines and information about events organized by the INS.
BRAIN Initiative Is Soliciting Input – The NIH has recently announced that the BRAIN Initiative is now seeking input through a Request for Information (RFI) from key stakeholders on how to best accomplish the ambitious scientific vision of the BRAIN 2025 report.
Call for Abstracts The International Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting is accepting abstract submissions for the 2019 Annual Meeting in New York City on February 20-23, 2019. They welcome abstracts that represent the interdisciplinary nature of neuropsychology, as well as those that further our understanding of the brain-context
relationships that help determine cognitive, emotional, social, and moral development and functioning. The submission period closes on August 10.
Registration Deadline Approaching – Registration pricing for the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 13th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Health Law in Jerusalem on will increase after July 31. Register today!
Call for Proposals The Mind and Brain Annual Conference; due August 1.
Call for Submissions 39th annual Anxiety and Depression Conference 2019; Online submission portal for symposia closes on August 14, while poster submissions can be made through November 1.
Call for Submissions Medicine Anthropology Theory (MAT); Submissions accepted on a rolling basis.
View the listing of active call and announcements on INS news page for complete details and deadlines.
James Giordano Discusses Cosmopolitan Neuroethics – Earlier this week, INS member and Professor at Georgetown University Medical Center James Giordano discussed the concept of cosmopolitan neuroethics with BioMed Central. Giordano argues that, "Cosmopolitan neuroethics, along with a similarly upgraded bioethics, should be a steadying voice of ethical wisdom as humanity tentatively explores the possibilities for radical enhancement."
Institute/Center Director  – Michigan State University is now accepting applications for the Director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences. The director should be a nationally recognized scholar who provides intellectual and administrative leadership and who recruits the best new talent. Candidates should possess a compelling vision for future growth, experience in acquiring external research funding, administrative experience, and a strong record of publication. The director will support the unit’s resources including faculty, research and scholarship, and teaching and outreach. Applications must be submitted through the online portal and review of applications will begin on August 1.
Assistant Professor Position  – NYU School of Medicine; Starting date is negotiable, as soon as September 1.
Tenure Track Faculty Position  – Albany Medical College; Review of applications will begin on August 20, and and continue until the position is filled. 
Clinical Ethics Fellow/Postdoctoral Associate  – Baylor College of Medicine; Apply online by October 31.
Visit the jobs and career opportunities page on the INS website for complete details and deadlines.
Exploring the Risks of Digital Health Research: Towards a Pragmatic Framework – "In our article, ‘Assessment of Risk Associated with Digital and Smartphone Health Research: a New Challenge for IRBs” published in the Journal of Technology and Behavioral Science [1], we explore the evolving ethical challenges in evaluating digital health risk, and here expand on them. While risk and harm in our 21st century digital era are themselves evolving topics that change with both technology and societal norms, how do we quantify them to help IRBs in making safe and ethical decisions regarding clinical research?" – Dr. John Torous (Harvard Medical School)
The interplay between social and scientific accounts of intergroup difference – "For scientists engaged in public communication of their research, familiarity with these social psychological dynamics is invaluable in anticipating the likely societal effects their research may have. Understanding these processes can help scientists predict how their work might be interpreted by others in undesirable ways, as well as inform critical reflection on how their own biases may affect the research questions they select and pursue." – Cliodhna O’Connor (University College Dublin)
Metamorality without Moral Truth – Steven R. Kraaijeveld & Hanno Sauer (Neuroethics)
Does Leadership Development Need to Care About Neuro-Ethics? – Dirk Lindebaum, Ismael Al-Amoudi, & Virginia Brown (Academy of Management Learning & Education)
An Enormous Study of the Genes Related to Staying in School – "What policy lessons or practical advice do you draw from this study? None whatsoever. Any practical response—individual or policy-level—to this or similar research would be extremely premature and unsupported by the science." – Ed Yong (The Atlantic)
Chemicals in plastic stunt brain growth in rats – Tim Newman (Medical News)
AI can be sexist and racist — it’s time to make it fair – "In medicine, machine-learning predictors can be particularly vulnerable to biased training sets, because medical data are especially costly to produce and label. Last year, researchers used deep learning to identify skin cancer from photographs." –James Zou and Londa Schiebinger (Nature News)
Google is using AI to see inside the brain like never before – " A Google team trained an artificial neural network, the kind of AI perfect for automating simple human tasks, to sift through 663 GB of images of a zebra finch’s brain and construct a 3D model of every neuron and synapse." –Dave Gershgorn (Quartz)
How Mental Health Apps Are Messing With Our Heads – Beth Skwarecki (Life Hacker)
Genetically modified babies given go ahead by UK ethics body – "DNA editing also raises the possibility of “designer babies”, where the genetic code of embryos created through standard IVF is rewritten so that children have traits the parents find desirable. The Nuffield report does not rule out any specific uses of genome editing, but says that to be ethical, any applications must follow the principles of being in the child’s interests, and have no ill-effects for society." – Ian Sample (The Guardian)
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Neuroscience & Society: Ethics, Law, and Society Conference
August 24-25; Sydney, NSW, Australia
Mind and Brain Annual Conference
September 20-21; Flint, MI
2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC)
October 7-10; Miyazaki, Japan
13th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics & Health Law
November 27-29; Jerusalem, Israel
International Neuropsychological Society 2019 Annual Meeting
February 20-23, 2019; New York City, NY
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America's 2019 Annual Conference
March 28-31, 2019; Chicago, IL
Society of Biological Psychiatry Annual Meeting
May 16-18, 2019; Seattle, WA
FENS Regional Meeting
July 10-13, 2019; Belgrade, Serbia
IBRO World Congress
September 21-25, 2019; Daegu, South Korea
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The  International Neuroethics Society  is an interdisciplinary group of scholars, scientists, clinicians, and other professionals dedicated to encouraging and inspiring research and dialogue on the responsible use of advances in brain science. Practitioners from a wide range of disciplines join the Society to interact, learn, and participate in critical neuroethics discussions that further this growing field.  Join today!