Dear INS colleagues,

Autumnal greetings from your president! I’m writing to remind you about—and to alert you to—the upcoming INS annual meeting… and some money saving deadlines that are rapidly approaching. 

The meeting will be in San Diego on November 1 and 2, the Thursday and Friday before the Society for Neuroscience meetings start there. We have a genuinely terrific program this year, on the theme of “Cutting Edge Neuroscience, Cutting Edge Neuroethics.” The program committee, chaired by Steve Hyman and Ariel Cascio, put together a great line up of events, which you can view on the website.

And now those money saving deadlines… there are non-trivial “early bird” discounts for early registration, but only until Sunday, September 30! After that, regular registration will jump from $395 to $450; student registration will go from $145 to $225; and trainee/postdoc costs will go from $195 to $250. (Non-member registration will rise from $495 to $550, so your membership is saving you money!)

Register! Register early, register often, but register! If you want to convince some non-members to come to the meeting, and to become members, you have my most sincere blessings!
I look forward to seeing you all in San Diego—a very nice place any time of the year, and especially in early November!

Hank Greely

PS. I just registered—it took about 90 seconds. Join me!
Discounted rates are available to INS members
and those who register before September 30.
Member Research at the Annual Meeting
The following authors have been selected by the Program Committee to give an oral presentation of their abstract on Friday afternoon at the annual meeting. Each will have 5 to 7 minutes to present. Congratulations to these authors and their co-authors!

  • Iris Coates McCall, University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Ann Fink, University of Wisconsin–Madison (USA)
  • Anita Jwa, Stanford Law School (USA)
  • Alex McKeown, University of Oxford (UK)
  • Nicholas Sinclair-House, University of Sussex (UK)
  • Anna Wexler, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • Peter Zuk, Rice University (USA)
And be sure to check out our meeting preview, featuring interviews with the plenary speakers and session moderators. For highlights and a full schedule of events and opportunities at the meeting, view the press release and meeting program.
Student/Postdoc Committee Faculty Mentor – We are looking for an INS member who will serve as a faculty mentor to the Student/Postdoc Committee. The faculty mentor participates on conference calls and provides insight and advice about professional development opportunities and governance best practices. We are looking for a volunteer who can make a multi-year commitment to serve in this role. If you are interesting in serving, please contact Karen Graham (
Request for Information – The NIH BRAIN Initiative seeks input through a Request for Information from key stakeholders on how to best accomplish the ambitious scientific vision of the Initiative, including input on neuroethical considerations. Responses must be received by November 15.
Call for Papers – The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics will be publishing a special issue featuring feminist perspectives on neural technologies. The deadline for manuscripts is December 1. The issue is being co-editing by Sara Goering and Laura Specker Sullivan.
Technology Fellow – AI Now Institute
Researcher – AI Now Institute
Funding Award – Professors Judy Illes and Patrick McDonald of Neuroethics Canada (UBC), along with team members Mary Connolly and Mark Harrison, have been awarded funding from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health to develop strategy for navigating new treatment options for pediatric epilepsy.
Chimpanzee Rights Book – L. Syd M Johnson co-authored the book Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers' Brief (Routledge). The book argues that chimpanzees are persons, based on cognitive capacities that include autonomy.
Trusting Social Robots – In an article titled " Social robots in rehabilitation: A question of trust," authors delineate important prerequisites for establishing and maintaining trust in the interaction between patients and social robots in rehabilitation. Philipp Kellmeyer and co-authors Oliver Müller and Shelly-Levy Tzedek will be research fellows in the academic year 2018/19 at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in a research focus on the normative aspects of the interaction of humans and autonomous intelligent systems. – Philipp Kellmeyer, Oliver Mueller, Ronit Feingold-Polak, Shelly Levy-Tzedek (Science Robotics)
Neurology and Psychiatry – Philipp Kellmeyer (Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics)
Critical appraisal of the recent US FDA approval for earlier DBS intervention – Laura Y. Cabrera, John Goudreau, Christos Sidiropoulos (Neurology)
Conflicts of interest and industry professional relationships in psychiatric neurosurgery: a comparative literature review – Laura Y. Cabrera, Hayden M. K. Boyce, Rachel McKenzie, and Robyn Bluhm (Journal of Neurosurgery)
Artificial Intelligence Podcast – Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder and head of Applied AI at DeepMind; Nick Bostrom, philosophy professor at the University of Oxford; and students from Queens' School in Hertfordshire participated in a BBC Radio podcast discussing artificial intelligence.
We Are Merging With Robots. That’s a Good Thing – The old boundaries of the human self are being blurred by technology. The risks are real, but the potential is astounding. – Andy Clark (The New York Times)
Genetic determinism rides again – Nathaniel Comfort (Nature)
Growing Brains in Lab – Sam Rose (Scientific American)
Brave New Brains – Last month, the Neuroethics Program for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function held a public panel discussion on the ethics of brain computer interfaces, called "Brave New Brains." Speakers included: Hannah Maslen, Eric Racine, Jeffrey Rosenfeld, and Isabell Kiral-Kornek. A video recording of the event and an ABC Radio All in the Mind episode are available.
AI Now 2018 Symposium
Ethics, Organizing, and Accountability
October 16; New York City, NY, USA
Dual use and responsible research: ethical challenges
HBP Curriculum Workshop
November 15-17; Stockholm, Sweden
Registration deadline is October 4
13th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics & Health Law
November 27-29; Jerusalem, Israel
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
2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners
Debating Ethics: Dignity and Respect in Data Driven Life
October 22-26; Brussels, Belgium
2nd International Scientific Conference for Research and Ethics
Cancer Research: Monitoring Therapies and Ethical Issues
February 1-2, 2019; Taroudannt, Morocco
INS2019 Annual Meeting
Embracing the Biopsychosocial Melting Pot
International Neuropsychological Society
February 20-23; New York City, NY, USA
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
Meeting details and links are on our website. And let us know about your upcoming events so we can distribute to the community.