The Ethics of Neurotechnology, with Hank Greely
The International Neurotechnology Network, in collaboration with the INS, is hosting a webinar on the Ethics of Neurotechnology. The webinar will start tonight, Thursday, December 6, at 7:15pm EST.

INS President Hank Greely will discuss accessibility, inclusivity and privacy as part of an exploration of the future we want to build with advances in neurotechnology.

Sign up to attend! You'll receive an email with this link to the live videostream on YouTube.
Student/Postdoc Essay Contest Winning Essays!
The two winners of the INS Student/Postdoc Neuroethics Essay Contest—Elizabeth Ingram and Jean Ngoc Boulware—were honored at the 2018 INS Annual Meeting and their essays have now been published by the Dana Foundation.

Thank you to Dr. Michael Patterson for his generous support of the contest. Dr. Patterson was unable to attend the meeting in San Diego, but on his behalf Judy Illes presented the authors with their awards and provided a few kind words about Dr. Patterson and his commitment to encouraging youth participation in neuroethics through the contest.

The call for next year's contest will be announced in early 2019 and we encourage you to share it widely with your students and colleagues. Last year's call is still available on the website if you're interested in the tailoring a class assignment to fit the requirements; the Student/Postdoc Committee accepts essays derived from previous coursework.
Annual Meeting: Lights, Camera, Coverage
If you weren't able to attend the annual meeting, we recommend taking a look at some of the highlights, including session summaries, coverage from the Dana Blog, videos of the public program and the essay contest award presentation, and lots of photos taken by Gillian Hue, AJOB Neuroscience. Recently released session summaries include:
  • The Neuroethics of Advertising – Ann L. Whitman (Dana Foundation)
  • Examining the Ethical Use of Brain Surrogates in Research – Ian Stevens
  • Does DBS Cause Changes in Personality? – Ann L. Whitman (Dana Foundation)
  • Ethics and Compassion, Key Elements for Addressing Opioid Use Disorder – Tabitha Moses
Request for Applications – The NIH BRAIN Initiative has released a BRAIN Neuroethics Request For Applications ( RFA-MH-19-400). Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to contact James Churchill ( and Khara Ramos ( This RFA has multiple receipt dates, including: February 4, 2019, October 9, 2019 and October 9, 2020.
NIH Opportunities – The following active NIH BRAIN Initiative training opportunities include neuroethics within scope. See the announcements for full requirements and details, including the scientific contacts at NIH. BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship ( F32); BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity ( K99/R00 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed); BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity ( K99/R00 Independent Clinical Trial Required).
Postdoctoral Fellowship – Neuroethics Canada is offering a postdoctoral fellow position to a highly motivated PhD graduate who is interested in joining a dynamic research team devoted to issues related to brain health, technology, and patient experience. The position is based out of BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.
Postdoctoral Researcher – Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine are seeking applications for a postdoctoral researcher to take the lead on a project funded by the BRAIN Initiative entitled “Assessing the Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation on Agency.” This position is renewable for a period of three years from January 2019; start date flexible. Application review will continue until the position is filled.
Postdoctoral Fellowships – The Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit is seeking two postdoctoral fellows or graduate students to work on two main projects. The first project examines the ethical and social implications of health care transitions for youth with chronic conditions, including rare diseases. The second project examines the ethics of registry-based type-1 diabetes research. Positions will remain open until filled.
Call for Papers – The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics invites submissions for its annual " Clinical Neuroethics" issue addressing questions that are directly relevant to the translation of the brain sciences in clinical medicine and their related application in law and public life. Send your papers with a 100 word abstract to Editor Thomasine Kushner ( making sure to follow journal guidelines for preparation of manuscripts. The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2019.
Call for Abstracts – The Neuroethics Network invites researchers to submit abstracts for e-posters for its three events taking place in June and July in Paris, France. Abstracts should be submitted to Thomasine Kushner, ( by January 15, 2019.
Call for Papers – Scholars are invited to submit an extended abstract to the meeting on (Clinical) Neurotechnology Meets Artificial Intelligence: Philosophical, Ethical, Legal and Social Implications, to be held May 8-10, 2019, in Munich, Germany. The event is being organized by Project INTERFACES, Institute for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine, LMU Munich. Submission deadline is January 15, 2019.
Fresh urgency in mapping out ethics of brain organoid research – Julian Koplin and Julian Savulescu (The Conversation)
Building the Thermometer for Mental Health – Millions of people suffer from serious mental illness, but very few receive consistent coordinated care. Since leaving his post in 2015 after 13 years as director of the National Institute of Mental Health, co-author (and INS Board member) Tom Insel has been on a mission to use technology (such as mining your smartphone) to better understand your state of mind and treat depression, schizophrenia, and other disorders. Insel and co-author Joshua Chauvin, part of the team at a healthcare innovation company, examine the potential and pitfalls of this next digital frontier. – Joshua J. Chauvin and Thomas R. Insel (Cerebrum)

Personhood: Projection or Perception? – The winning academic essay from the 2018 INS Student/Postdoc Neuroethics Essay Contest – Elizabeth M. Ingram (Dana Foundation)

Not Our Problem? The Neuroethical Implications of Youth Detainment – The winning science communication essay from the 2018 INS Student/Postdoc Neuroethics Essay Contest – Jean Ngoc Boulware (Dana Foundation)

#BrainWeek 2019 Sticker Design Contest Winners – Amanda Bastone (Dana Blog)

SfN18 Celebrates Brain Awareness – Seimi Rurup (Dana Blog)
Neuroscientists Make a Case against Solitary Confinement – Dana G. Smith (Scientific American)
Degrees of Freedom – "In my mind, I'm still flying" – Raffi Khatchadourian (The New Yorker)
Did you host or attend a event that your neuroethics colleagues should know more about? Write it up! We welcome summary and reflection articles from members. Submit to staff for consideration (
Alzheimer’s Disease Therapeutics: Alternatives to Amyloid
December 11; New York City, NY, USA (Available via Webinar)
13th Annual Conference on Dementia and Alzheimers Disease
Making a Move on Dementia: New Answers to Old Questions
December 13-15; Abu Dhabi, UAE
CME credit available for medical professionals
FENS Winter School
January 6-12, 2019; Obergurgl, Austria
INS Student/Postdoc Committee Chair Marcello Ienca is serving as a faculty member for the event and organizing a session on neuroethics.
2nd International Scientific Conference for Research and Ethics
Cancer Research: Monitoring Therapies and Ethical Issues
February 1-2, 2019; Taroudannt, Morocco
2019 Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society
Embracing the Biopsychosocial Melting Pot
February 20-23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA
Former INS President Judy Illes will give a plenary titled "Advances in Neurotechnology for Neurocognition: Balancing on the Tightrope of Discovery, Treatment, and Translation" and is leading a symposium titled "Neurotechnology for Neuropsychology in Egypt, Nepal and Canada: Perspectives, Intersections and Opportunities," which will also included speakers Tamer Emara, Alissa Antle and Claudia Barned.
Psychiatric Neurosurgery – Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues
February, 22-23, 2019; Berlin, Germany
13th Annual Machine Learning Symposium
March 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA (Available via Livestream)
International Conference on Neurology & Mental Disorders
Fostering Advances in the Field of Neurology and Mental Disorders
April 11-12, 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience
April 14-17, 2019; Dublin, Ireland
2nd International Conference on Dementia and Dementia Care
Breakthrough in Dementia Research and Care
April 15-16, 2019; Toronto, Canada
(Clinical) Neurotechnology Meets Artificial Intelligence
May 8-10, 2019; Munich, Germany
Italian Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting
May 5-7, 2019; Milan, Italy
FENS CAJAL Training Programme
July 14–August 3, 2019; Lisbon, Portugal
10th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience
Septemer 21-25, 2019; Daegu, Korea
INS Annual Meeting
October 17-18, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA
Meeting details and links are on our website. And let us know about your upcoming events so we can distribute to the community.