Looking for the Next Student/Postdoc Committee Chair
Marcello Ienca, ETH Zurich, will be concluding his tenure as chair of the Student/Postdoc Committee at the 2019 annual meeting in October. As part of the search for the committee's next chair, we are accepting nominations of persons who will be a student or postdoc (undergraduates, graduate level, residents, or other early-career trainees) for the entire position term October 2019–November 2021.

Submit your nominations to Karen Graham ( ) by Monday, March 11. Include the nominee's name, affiliation, contact information and a short statement about why you feel they are a good fit for this position. You may nominate yourself. The Nominating Committee will select an individual from the nominees or the INS membership and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors.

Be aware that the Student/Postdoc Committee chair also serves as a representative to the Board, participating on conference calls and providing an early career prospective to important Society discussions and decision making. Prior to submitting your nomination, please review our description of the chair's role and responsibilities.
Andrea Giuffrida will be the next faculty mentor of the INS Student/Postdoc Committee. The committee looks forward to his input and guidance, informed by his extensive career in researching neurological disorders. Giuffrida is Vice President for Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

The committee would like to also thank Elba Serrano for her service to the Committee as the previous mentor! Her contributions to the committee were essential to the Committee as it has evolved over the past two years and are greatly appreciated.
Annual Conference of the International Neuropsychological Society
There was standing room only for Judy Illes’ plenary lecture on ‘Advances in Neurotechnology for Neurocognition: Balancing on the Tightrope of Discovery, Treatment, and Translation’ at the International Neuropsychological Society conference in New York on February 21. This was followed by a symposium on global perspectives on ‘Neurotechnology for Neuropsychology in Egypt, Nepal and Canada’ that explored the benefits and pitfalls of devices that can help people with neurologic and mental health disorders. The panel emphasized how in countries where healthcare resources are extremely limited, neurotechnology can prove particularly valuable. Tamer Emara, Ain Shams University (Egypt) described a virtual hospital that has been established in Egypt providing 'Treat and Teach' initiative programs in healthcare service development that extends to Arab countries and the African continent, saving time, effort and cost associated with traditional forms of teaching. Nepalese and Canadian children living in poverty who are traumatized by their experiences of domestic violence, abuse and neglect can learn to manage their anxiety using mobile devices, said Claudia Barned ICRM (Canada) and Alissa Antle Simon Fraser University (Canada). 
March 12; Vancouver, Canada – The Dana Foundation Brain Awareness Week Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture will be given by INS Board member Tom Insel, who will explore how smartphones can prove helpful for people with brain disorders, including depression, and consider the ethical challenges to using the smartphone as a medical device.

March 21-22, 2019; Copenhagen, Denmark – a one-and-a-half-day, multi-disciplinary expert workshop on the societal implications of AI. The workshop will prioritize implications and provide actionable recommendations for addressing the most important ones.

April 3; Virtual Conference – This conference will provide insight and guidance for researchers eager to discover the neural substrates of perception and natural behaviors using diverse techniques, including comparative evolutionary genomics, circuit cracking, and computational approaches.

April 11-12; Boston, MA, USA; Controlling Death? The policies, practices, and ethics of choosing when we die – The Annual Bioethics Conference will explore ethical, legal, and clinical aspects of evolving practices of euthanasia and physician-assisted death. How ought we think about choices regarding determining the time and manner of death for ourselves, our loved ones, and our patients, and how should the health professions respond?
April 14-17; Dublin, Ireland – The INS, in collaboration with the British Association of Psychopharmacology, is organizing two sessions: a symposium on April 14 will examine mental illness in children and adolescents, and a public event on April 15 will discuss 'How to Support Young People’s Mental Health.' INS members can save up to £125 on registration.
May 15-17; Milan, Italy; The Future of Neuroethics – The INS is working with the Italian Society for Neuroethics to develop this year's program. Featured is a session on the new frontiers of the concept of brain death and keynote speakers: Alfred Mele, Florida State University; Barbara Sahakian, University of Cambridge; Francesco Guala, University of Milan; Adrian Owen, Western University Canada; Raffaella Rumiati, SISSA, Trieste; Arleen L. Salles, Uppsala University; and Julian Savulescu, University of Oxford.

May 18-19; London, United Kingdom – At the University of London's main camous an international panel of experts will be brought together, with the unique focus of integrating global neuroscientific expertise to provide clinicians with everything this field can offer toward the strive for better health care.

May 22-23; Tokyo, Japan; Exploring the Challenges and Excellence in Dementia Research

September 26-27; Graz University of Technology, Austria

October 3-5; Athens, Greece – Abstract submissions due March 29

November 18-19; Johannesburg, South Africa; A Global Forum to Advance Dementia Science
Call for Papers – INS members Ralf Jox (University of Lausanne) and Philipp Kellmeyer (University Medical Center Freiburg) are editing a special issue of the journal Bioethica Forum of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Ethics on intelligent technology in medicine. Authors may submit original articles (max 30,000 characters) or personal viewpoints (max 10,000 characters) by April 15, 2019 to or

Call for Chapter Submissions – INS member Dr. Michael Nestor and Dr. Richard Wilson are accepting 5,000–8,000 word submission by July 1 for inclusion The Anticipatory Biomedical Ethics of The Use of CRISPR in Humans (Springer). The goal of the book is to bring together scientists and philosophers to explore potential biomedical ethics or policy pitfalls that potentially exist via the use of CRISPR in humans. For more information contact Dr. Nestor (
Postdoctoral Fellow – Department of Philosophy; Mount Allison University
Postdoctoral Researcher – Cognitive Science and Philosophy and Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College; Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Postdoctoral Fellowship – Neuroethics Canada; Vancouver, Canada
Postdoctoral Fellowships and Full-time Research Coordinator – Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit; Montréal, Canada
Share your organization's open positions, calls, and other opportunities with INS members and the neuroethics community. Submit to staff for consideration (
Neuroethics Questions to Guide Ethical Research in the International Brain Initiatives – From the abstract: "Currently, seven active or in-development national-level brain research initiatives exist, spanning four continents. Engaging with the underlying values and ethical concerns that drive brain research across cultural and continental divides is critical to future research. Culture influences what kinds of science are supported and where science can be conducted through ethical frameworks and evaluations of risk. ... With this Perspective article, we aim to prioritize and advance to the foreground a list of neuroethics questions for neuroscientists operating in the context of these international brain initiatives." – Global Neuroethics Summit Delegates, Karen S. Rommelfanger, Sung-Jin Jeong, Arisa Ema, Tamami Fukushi, Kiyoto Kasai, Khara M. Ramos, Arleen Salles, Ilina Singh (Neuron)
New Book Serial Launched: Developments in Neuroethics and BioethicsElsevier , the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, has launched a new serial covering a diversity of disciplines within  Neuroethics and Bioethics . Publishing one volume a year and overseen by Serial Editor Dr. Judy Illes, this landmark serial will provide the authority and expertise of leading contributors from an international board of authors.
Harnessing Imagination to Calm Fears – Kayt Sukel (Dana Fonudation)

Watering Memory Trees – Dorthe Berntsen and Marie Kirk (Cerebrum)

Proof in Advertising – Philip Boffey (Brain in the News)

Mental Well-Being of Family Caregivers – Brenda Patoine (Dana Foundation)

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