Organizing the 2018 INS Annual Meeting
We are pleased to announce the members of the Program Committee who will lead the effort to organize the 2018 INS Annual Meeting on November 1-2 in San Diego, CA.

Join us in thanking them for taking on this responsibility and volunteering their time to the Society. If you have any recommendations or ideas you would like them to consider as they form the program, please send an email to
2018 Program Committee

  • Steve Hyman, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research
  • Ariel Cascio, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal

  • Nita Farahany, Duke Law School
  • Tom Insel, Mindstrong Health
  • Cynthia Kubu, Cleveland Clinic
  • Hannah Maslen, University of Oxford
  • Ilina Singh, University of Oxford

  • Karen Graham 
  • Robert Beets 
Do you have colleagues and students in your department who are members or who would like to join the INS? We offer discounts on group memberships available to INS members from the same department or institution: 10% for 5-9 members; 15% for 10-14 members; 20% for 15-19 members; and 25% for 20 or more members. Take advantage of what you could save you and your colleagues on membership dues.
We have two great opportunities for students to become interns for the INS. One intern will assist February–December 2018 with the planning and execution of the annual meeting. The second internship will involve general administration, communication, and marketing activities for the Society beginning June 2018. Please tell your students and colleagues. Applications are due February 22.
Ethics, Medicine, and Public Health, the official journal of the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health (IAMEPH), is creating a section titled 'Theory and Practice' that will explore current activities revealed through case law, legislative reforms, areas that have become of journalistic interest, controversies being expressed in your jurisdictions through discussion among public intellectuals, and scientific advancements—all of which pertain to the broad scope of bioethics. International and interdisciplinary groups are encouraged to submit articles for publication.
Get Involved in Brain Awareness Week  – Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more. Mark your calendars: this year's campaign will be observed March 12-18. Start planning your activities and be sure to inform your neuroethics colleagues!
Podcast Alert: Science and Future of Mental Health – Inscopix has recently released a podcast featuring INS board member and former director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Tom Insel. The podcast discusses our current understanding of mental health and how the revolution in artificial intelligence and  digital phenotyping through the use of our handheld smartphones will change what the future holds for diagnosis and treatment.
Dark Future: Here’s When We’ll Have a Location-Tracking Implant from Black Mirror – INS member Syd Johnson was recently interviewed regarding the hit show Black Mirror. The article discusses the future of neuroprosthetics and is part of a series examinations regarding this season's  Black Mirror episodes considering the technology featured in each episode and evaluates how close we are to having it. – Kristin Houser (Futurism)
Share your neuroethics news and research with INS members. Submit online!  
Bioethics Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Michigan; Applications are due February 5
Postdoctoral Researcher in Technology and Social Change – Linköping University; Applications are due February 5
Epilepsy Program Director – The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), epilepsy research program, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland is seeking candidates for an Epilepsy Program Director. Applications are due by February 7. For more information, please send an email to Vicky Whittemore at
Bioethics Fellowship – Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics; Applications are due March 19
Postdoctoral Research Scholars Program in Bioethics – Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics; Applications are due March 30
Neuroethics Women to Watch – In this article, INS Past President Judy Illes emphasizes that "one of [her] greatest joys has been to work with outstanding people in our field" and goes on to describe the extraordinary women in the field of neuroethics as having, "creativity, foresight, vigor, patience and resilience." – Judy Illes
The International Roots of Future Neuroethics – INS member Dennis Larrivee d iscusses the Ambassador Session at the 2017 INS Annual Meeting, which "juxtaposed the more mature organizational approaches of the American and European neuroethical programs against recent undertakings in Asia." – Dennis Larrivee
Psychiatry and Deliberative Democracy: The Goldwater Rule, Presidential Fitness, and Neuroethics – "In the year since the 2016 election, the Goldwater Rule has been in the news regularly, with arguments both to uphold its provisions and to violate the professional norm, as well as evidence for and against psychiatric diagnosis." – Joseph J. Fins (Harvard Medical School Bioethics Journal)
Neuroscience Fiction as Eidolá: Social Reflection and Neuroethical Obligations in Depictions of Neuroscience in FilmRachel Wurzman David Yaden  and  James Giordano ( Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics)
Have your momos and eat them, too – Laura Ellen Specker Sullivan (Science)
First monkeys cloned with technique that made Dolly the sheep – "Neuroscientist Chang Hung-Chun, also at ION, says that primate-cloning technology will soon be combined with gene-editing tools to study human genetic disorders in primate brains" – David Cyranoski (Nature News)
Predicting Violent Behavior: What Can Neuroscience Add? Russ Poldrack, John Monahan, Peter Imrey, Valerie F. Reyna, Marcus Raichle, David L. Faigman and Joshua Buckholtz (Trends in Cognitive Sciences)
Engineers design artificial synapse for 'brain-on-a-chip' hardware – The article summarizes the recent advancements by the team at MIT who have built, " a small chip with artificial synapses, made from silicon germanium." The chip contains artificial synapses that, "can precisely control the strength of an electric current flowing across it, similar to the way ions flow between neurons." – MIT (ScienceDaily)
Science has a gambling problem – " Researchers and government agencies pay too little attention to pathological gambling. This must change." - Editorial (Nature)
Brain Imaging Suggests Visual Processing Is Disrupted in People with Bipolar Disorder Vincent Magnotta (Brain & Behavior Research Foundation)
Ingestible me – will putting Brain Dust in my porridge make me smarter? The author reviews a range of ‘ingestible’ supplements that claim to boost everything from your skin to your sex life and puts them to the test. – Morwenna Ferrier (The Guardian)
Bill could ban people with mental illness from owning gun – Associated Press (Washington Post)
Researchers find new way to make computers functions like human brain – " The new synapse would be used to make neuromorphic computers, computers that function like the human brain, a reality." – Shi Yinglun (XinhuaNet)
Disabilities caused in babies by epilepsy drug a 'scandal' The author explores the distressing news that sodium valproate, also known as Epilim "carries a risk of causing physical abnormalities, autism, low IQ and learning disabilities if babies are exposed to the drug while in the womb." – Zack Adesina (BBC)
Neuroscientists Have Followed a Thought as It Moves Through The BrainNeuroscientists have recorded, using electrocorticograhy, the electrical activity relate to the thoughts of epilepsy patients undergoing surgery – Mike McRae (Science Alert)
Wilder Penfield redrew the map of the brain — by opening the heads of living patients – Wilder Penfield, a Canadian-American neurosurgeon, would have turned 127 this month. Penfield "pioneered the technique of removing a portion of the skull while a patient was still awake." The Montreal Procedure was, "an odd thing to behold. Patients stay calm and awake while the surgeon literally electrocutes their brain" – Brian Resnick (Vox)
Gray Matter, Red Tape: In Search of Serendipity – "The lab’s ethicist, Tim Brown, a doctoral student of philosophy, says that some DBS patients suffer a sense of alienation and complain of feeling like a robot. To change that, the team at the University of Washington is using neuronal activity associated with intentional movements as a trigger for turning the device on." INS members Hannah Maslen and Thomas Cochrane were also interviewed for or quoted in this article. – Technology Quarterly (The Economist)
February 15-19; Austin, TX, USA
February 21; New York City, NY, USA
March 1-4; Chicago, IL, USA
The conference welcomes persons from various disciplines and professions for discussion of common concerns in practical and professional ethics.
March 12-13, 2018; Vancouver, BC, Canada
March 23; Paris, France
The International Association for Responsible Research and Innovation in Genome Editing (ARRIGE) is organizing to promote a global governance of genome editing. To register and ask questions, contact the organizers by email at
Defining Death: Organ transplantation and the 50-year legacy of the Harvard report on brain death
April 11-13; Boston, MA, USA
The conference will explore the legacy of the 1968 report from the Harvard Medical School committee that proposed the concept of “brain death” as a new criterion for determining human death, making possible the procurement of “living” organs from bodies deemed to be “dead.”
April 13-14, 2018; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
This conference is held in joint collaboration by the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health (IAMEPH) and the Northern Plains Ethics Institute. Further details can be obtained at any time by telephone (+1 514-343-5938) or email (contact Jing Song at
June 20-22; Paris, France
Seminar themes for 2018 include: Theory of Mind: Philosophical Considerations and Practical Implications, New Developments in Imaging along with Legal and Social Concerns, Deep Brain Stimulation and Recording, and Consciousness: Building Bridges. These sessions consist of round-tale discussions with leaders in science and ethics lending their multiple perspectives along with Open Forum group participation. Participants are invited to submit abstracts for e-posters.
June 27-29; Paris, France
The retreat is unique among bioethics meetings in that experts in medicine, philosophy, law, and health policy are invited from around the world to present their current research projects. Sessions are informal with audience discussion is an integral part of the presentations. Participants are invited to submit abstracts.
July 4-6; Paris, France
What are we doing? What goals are we trying to achieve? Where is bioethics education taking place? How well are we doing? What’s next? Tackling those questions and finding practical answers continues to be the aim of our subsequent meetings. Participants are invited to submit abstracts.
July 7-11; Berlin, Germany
The INS will be participating in the Federation of European Neurosciences Society (FENS) Forum of Neuroscience this year. Travel grants of €750 are available to those who apply and register before February 13. Abstracts are also due by this deadline.
The  International Neuroethics Society  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 encourage and inspire research and dialogue on the responsible use of advances in brain science. Join today!