Letter from the President
INS President Hank Greely has written a letter to the membership outlining a vision for the Society during his 2-year term. In it he introduced a theme for the 2018 INS Annual Meeting, the desire to hold a significant meeting in Europe during his tenure, and the goal to organize quarterly regional meetings to discuss neuroethics. 

He also shared three broad goals that are collectively intended to increase the visibility of neuroethics and the INS. His goals are to:
  • Increase opportunities in the Society for INS members,
  • Boost the public role of the INS in neuroethics discussions, and
  • Grow the INS membership.

Specifically, the membership goal is to reach 500 members by the 2019 meeting. We will provide an update—with the graphic below—on our progress toward this goal in every newsletter issue. The INS currently has 310 members; 30 more than last year at this time. 

Hank encourages you to read the full letter (he knows it's long) and to provide your "suggestions, complaints, or insights" by email or when you see him in person. 
NIH Re-Issues Neuroethics Funding Opportunities

Neuroethics continues to be a top funding priority for the NIH. The NIH BRAIN Initiative has announced 11 funding opportunities for the 2018 Fiscal Year, including the following re-issued opportunities in neuroethics: 
  • RFA-MH-18-500 – Research on the Ethical Implications of Advancements in Neurotechnology and Brain Science. For those that have sent in letters of intent, the application receipt date for this FOA is December 7.
  • RFA-MH-18-510 – BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship. Applications in neuroethics are encouraged with due dates including: March 15, 2018; December 7, 2018; August 7, 2019; and April 7, 2020.
INS Annual Meeting Highlights
Honoring our History, Forging our Future

Thanks again to everyone that was able to attend the annual meeting in Washington, DC this month. We are especially thankful for the work of Judy Illes during her term as INS President and the exceptional contributions by members of the INS Program Committee—including co-chairs Illes and Cynthia Kubu, early career co-chair Ariel Cascio, Tom Buller, Molly Crockett, Veljko Dubljevic, Joseph J. Fins, Helen Mayberg, Karen Rommelfanger and Rachel Wurzman, as well as staff members Karen Graham, Elaine Snell and Robert Beets

If you were in attendance, please take a moment to complete the meeting survey.

For those that were unable to attend the meeting, a number of INS members and partner publications have written summaries, reactions, and highlights on individual sessions and the meeting as a whole. Our sincerest thanks to everyone who has made an effort to increase awareness about this year's meeting.
Cerebrum Podcast: Neuroethics Pioneer Steven E. Hyman
On the 15th anniversary of the “Neuroethics: Mapping the Field,” conference in 2002, we asked INS Past President Steven E. Hyman to reflect on how far the field has come in 15 years and where it may be going in the next 15 for the Cerebrum Podcast. Hyman, who has also served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health and as president of the Society for Neuroscience, talked to us following the INS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Cerebrum also recently published three essays by original attendees of that first neuroethics conference: Jonathan Moreno, Patricia Churchland, and Kenneth Schaffner.
Article Series – Biomed Central is beginning a new article collection/thematic series titled, “Brain science, philosophy, ethics, and medicine” and is now accepting articles for publication. Organized by guest editors James Giordano and John Shook, the following journals are accepting submissions to the series: 
  • Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine
  • BMC Neuroscience
  • BMC Neurology
  • BMC Medicine
Research Topic – Frontiers has announced a new research topic titled “Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Non-Medical Use of Drugs” that is now accepting abstracts. Various academic disciplines are increasingly concerned with uses of pharmaceuticals (e.g., opioids, stimulants) and other substances (e.g., cannabis) for uses that fall outside the boundaries of medicine as it is usually conceived. Edited by Veljko Dubljevic and Christopher James Ryan, the research topic offers a platform for timely debate on existing and emerging interventions, focusing on mechanisms of action, epidemiological considerations, ethical principles, legal responses (including comparative jurisprudence), and public policy. Abstract submissions are due December 30.
Call for Contributions – The 20th International Conference on Neuroendocrinology and Neuroethics (ICNN) is still accepting abstracts, papers, and posters for the 20th Annual Meeting October 22-23, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. This conferences provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns—as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted—in the fields of neuroendocrinology and neuroethics. The deadline for submission is December 15.
Postdoctoral Fellowships – The University of Pennsylvania is offering a 2-year fellowship to train scholars and future leaders in academic biomedical ethics and a 3-year fellowship in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics. Scholars with doctoral degrees—MDs, PhDs or equivalent—or who will receive such degrees by May of the same year, are eligible to apply. Fellowships will begin Summer 2018. The application deadline is December 4.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program – The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics invites applications for the Hecht‐Levi Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Bioethics. The admissions committee is seeking uniquely qualified postdoctoral applicants to begin this 2-year fellowship in September 2018. Applicants with at least some exposure to bioethics during their education are encouraged to apply, but an extensive background in bioethics is not required. This admissions process is highly competitive and only one or two applicants are accepted into the program each year. The application deadline is December 15.
Postdoctoral Fellowship – The University of California, San Francisco is offering a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroethics and neurotechnology to conduct qualitative research—including clinical observation, interviews, and focus groups—with patients, clinicians, and researchers engaged in the development of new technologies for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric illnesses; and will analyze these data to prepare manuscripts and presentations for national and international meetings. This work will be embedded in a leading BRAIN Initiative-funded research program in neurotechnology and neuroethics. The application deadline is December 17.
Faculty Position – The McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston seeks applicants for a tenure-track position for The John P. McGovern, M.D. Center for Humanities and Ethics. The rank is open and compensation is based on qualifications and experience. While the specific area of expertise is open as well, the McGovern Center is seeking a candidate who has knowledge, skills, and research interests in clinical ethics, and who offers a broad humanistic perspective on life in medicine. The anticipated start date the September 2018. The application deadline is December 28.
Visiting Residency – The Brocher Foundation is offering visiting residencies in 2019 that last between one and three months. Residencies give researchers the opportunity to work at the Brocher Centre in Geneva, Switzerland on projects involving the ethical, legal, and social implications for humankind from recent medical research and new technologies. Every month a dozen of visiting researchers live and concentrate on their research project at the Foundation. Proposals are due January 15, 2018.
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Tackling the Human Head Transplant Discussion
The possibility of a human head transplant has become a pervasive debate in the media this month. The following articles are among the many contributions from INS members and neuroethics researchers to Volume 8, Issue 4 that discuss several aspects of this topic.

AJOB – Neuroscience is the official journal of the INS. Members can subscribe to the print and digital issues for the reduced rate of $40 per volume year—a $20 savings.
Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI – Rafael Yuste, Sara Goering, Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Guoqiang Bi, Jose M. Carmena, Adrian Carter, Joseph J. Fins, Phoebe Friesen, Jack Gallant, Jane E. Huggins, Judy Illes, Philipp Kellmeyer, Eran Klein, Adam Marblestone, Christine Mitchell, Erik Parens, Michelle Pham, Alan Rubel, Norihiro Sadato, Laura Specker Sullivan, Mina Teicher, David Wasserman, Anna Wexler, Meredith Whittaker and Jonathan Wolpaw. (Nature)
Forensic Practitioners’ Expectations and Moral Views Regarding Neurobiological Interventions in Offenders with Mental Disorders – Jona Specker, Farah Focquaert, Sigrid Sterckx and Maartje H. N. Schermer (BioSocieties)
The Role of Neuroscience in the Evaluation of Mental Insanity: on the Controversies in Italy – Cristina Scarpazza, Silvia Pellegrini, Pietro Pietrini and Giuseppe Sartori (Neuroethics)
Looking for Neuroethics in Japan – Maxence Gaillard (Neuroethics)
Dementia, Decision Making, and Capacity – Ryan Darby and Bradford Dickerson (Harvard Review of Psychiatry)
What Constitutes 'Consideration' of Mitigating Evidence? – Emad Atiq and Erin Miller (Neuroethics and Law Blog) 
Congratulations to Philipp Kellmeyer who has received the 2017 Bioethics Award of the MTZ Foundation, a private foundation in Germany that primarily sponsors research in systems biology and biomedicine. Kellmeyer's work examines the effects of the interaction of intelligent closed-loop health systems with patients on the autonomy, ability to act, and responsibility of humans and machines.
Karen Rommelfanger has co-authored an article titled " Human Head Transplants are About to Happen in China: But Where are the Bodies Coming From?" in Newsweek on the possibility and the ethics of human head transplantation.
Brexit, borders and brains – Daniel Glaser (The Guardian)
Should we be worried about A.I? – "Meet Mary. She’s sentient and she’s conscious, just like us. The difference? She’s an Artificial Intelligence. Britt and Ellie want to know what the future holds for AI, and so they follow Mary through her dramatic tale. At every twist and turn, they ask if she needs humankind to protect her. If Mary mirrors human qualities, should she also have human rights? Britt and Ellie also investigate the embodiment of robots and why we feel compelled to produce them in human form. They meet those fighting to give “human” rights to chimpanzees ..." – BBC Tomorrow's World
The Key To How AI Can Help Us Be Healthier – "Can AI make us healthier, happier, better? That’s the question on everyone’s minds these days. ... The real answers, lie with those who go beyond such pro/con conversations and look at the ethics of AI like The International Neuroethics Society or look at human code and technical code as collaborative and operating on similar principles like Liza Lichtinger." – Western Bonime (Forbes)
2017 INS Annual Meeting
INS President Judy Illes and INS Past President Steve Hyman (far left and near left) pictured with Barbara Gill and Ed Rover (near right and far right) of The Dana Foundation.
Science communication panelists Tali Sharot, moderator Alan Leshner, Joseph J. Fins and Ed Yong
Public program panelists Elizabeth Loftus, Charles Dike and Victoria Talwar (moderator Deborah Runkle not pictured)
Audience members at the Public Program talk 'To Tell the Truth!'
Andreas Kuersten presenting at the thematic panel on Neuroscience of the Law
Poster presentations and discussions
Winners receiving recognition for their abstracts and poster presentations, presented by INS President Judy Illes (and Veljko Dubljevic, not pictured)
Photos from the INS Annual Meeting provided by Gillian Hue and Robert Beets
The 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience
Mina Teiche, Edith Brignoni-Perez and Laura Cabrera at the SfN Neuroethics Social on November 13.
Laura Cabrera (Michigan State), right, and Jay Churchill (NIMH) meet during the SfN meeting to discuss exciting neuroethics opportunities at the NIH.
Photos from the SfN provided by Judy Illes
November 29–December 1; Cambridge, MA, USA
December 4; Atlanta, GA, USA
Public talk by Gregory Berns, Emory University
December 7; Philadelphia, PA, USA
Public talk by James Blair, Boys Town National Research Hospital
Democracy, neuroscience, and the media: A perspective from pragmatism and studies of the public’s understanding of neuroscience
December 7; Madison, WI, USA
Public talk by Eric Racine, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
December 8; Phoenix, AZ, USA
Public talk by Richard H. Carmona, University of Arizona
December 14; Baltimore, MD, USA
A course offered by Will to Health for 6 CE
December 18; London, United Kingdom
This year's BNA Christmas Symposium brings together leading researchers to explore how neurotechnology is shaping both neuroscience research and the wider world around us. Speakers include: Dario Farina, Aurore Thibaut, Matthew Botvinick, Yoko Nagai, Kim Krogsgaard, Wolfram Schultz, Tom Foltynie, Ulrike Schmidt, Su Metcalfe, Lisa Wells, Elaine Snell, Stephen Rainey, Praminda Caleb-Solly and many more.
Individuals who are members of both the INS and British Neuroscience Association (BNA) can receive a 10% discount on membership fees for both organizations.
March 10–January 1, 2018; Oxford, United Kingdom
June 20-22, 2018; Paris, France
March 12-13, 2018; Vancouver, BC, Canada
This roundtable workshop will bring together thought leaders from industry, government, and academia to share insights into how ethics can help technology innovators create products that align with societal values.
2018 INS Annual Meeting
November 1-2, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA
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!