Poster judges needed for the INS annual meeting
Meeting attendees not presenting a poster at the INS annual meeting are eligible to serve as poster judges. Support your colleagues by listening to their presentations and providing constructive feedback.

Email staff at to sign up to serve as a poster judge. Indicate which day(s) you can serve.

Volunteers will be paired up and will be tasked with listening to 4-6 brief presentations during one or both of the poster sessions being held midday on Thursday and Friday. Senior researchers and INS Board members are strongly encouraged to sign up.
Due to the annual meeting being held on October 17-18, the next INS newsletter will be distributed to members and subscribers on Thursday, October 31.
Royal Society publishes report on neural interfaces
The Royal Society published a perspective report exploring the possible applications and potential benefits and risks of neural and brain-computer interfaces. Titled ' iHuman: Blurring lines between mind and machine,' the report outlines why the United Kingdom is well placed to become a world-leader in the field and proposes that the government use the field as a test case for a new regulatory approach to responsibly accelerate innovation.

"Given challenges [with brain-computer interfaces], the Royal Society makes one central proposal, that the UK should use neural interfaces as a test case for an ambitious, democratised and anticipatory approach to promoting emerging technologies. This joined-up approach would seek to stimulate innovation in the field, while constructing responsible regulation around the technology as it develops."
Should we trust technology to provide mental health care?
The INS, in partnership with Northwestern University, has organized a free public event on Thursday, October 17 during the INS annual meeting in Chicago. The discussion will examine the challenges and opportunities in digital mental health care and discuss with audience members the role of human experts in mental health interventions of the future. Speakers will include David C Mohr, Ilina Singh, Nicole Martinez-Martin, and moderator Kelly Michelson.

This free event is sponsored by Wellcome Trust and is open to the public. Seats for those not attending the INS meeting are limited, so we encourage you to register early.
Workshop on Brain-Machine Interface Systems
October 6-9; Bari, Italy

Contemporary Authors in Bioethics Series
October 10; Boston, MA, USA

October 13-15; St. Louis, MO, USA

October 16; Webinar
The American Brain Coalition, in partnership with American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy and MTM-CNM Family Connection, is hosting an educational webinar to learn the basics of gene therapy and how it works. The presentation will include patient advocates.
Mapping Neuroethics: An Expanded Vision
October 17-18; Chicago, IL, USA
October 19-23; Chicago, IL, USA
Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society on October 19 (11:00-1:00)
Neuroethics Social and Tools & Tech Social on October 20 (6:45-8:45)

October 21; Chicago, IL, USA

October 25, 2019–June 19, 2020; Rome, Italy

October 28; Montreal, CA

November 12; New York City, NY, USA

November 18; New York City, NY, USA

1st International Bioethics Congress
January 13-17, 2020; Mexico City
NIH Funding for Neuroethics Research The current U.S. NIH BRAIN Initiative neuroethics RO1 funding opportunity is open. Its next receipt date is October 9.
Call for AbstractsThe Ethics of Experimental Deep Brain Stimulation – Future Directions. January 15-16, 2020 in Oxford, England. Abstracts due October 18.
Postdoctoral Position – Perelman School of Medicine; Philadelphia, PA, USA
Visiting Scholar John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics MedStar Washington Hospital Center; Washington, DC, USA

Postdoctoral Position – University Center for Human Values, Princeton University; Princeton, NJ, USA
The Program in Cognitive Science, in collaboration with the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Tania Lombrozo. Candidates should have a background in cognitive science or a related discipline such as psychology, philosophy, or formal epistemology. Applications due January 8, 2020. 

Research Coordinator – Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine; Houston, TX, USA

PhD PositionDepartment of Medicine Neurology Division, University of British Columbia; Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Baylor ethics team receives NIH funding
Congratulations to researchers at Baylor College of Medicine on receiving a $1.7 million, 4-year BRAIN Initiative grant.

Co-principal investigator Dr. Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz and his colleagues will examine the psychosocial risks and benefits of deep brain stimulation in pediatric patients . They also intend to develop a decision support tool to help patients and families determine if deep brain stimulation is the right treatment.

Read the Baylor news story for more information about the upcoming research and participating investigators.
Neuroethics lecture at IBRO 2019
Dr. Judy Illes recently gave the plenary Neuroethics Lecture at 2019 IBRO i n Daegu, South Korea, sponsored by the Dana Foundation . She lectured 'On the Ethics of Neuroethics in International Brain Research' and addressed how neuroethics can bridge geographic borders and cultural divides of brain well-being and suffering.

She also gave the IBRO 10th anniversary toast at the Chairpersons’ Dinner, where she recognized the organization, established in 1961, for its tremendous accomplishments.
NIH funds $945 million in research to address the opioid crisis

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $945 million in total fiscal year 2019 funding for grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements across 41 states through the  Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative (HEAL Initiative). This trans-NIH research effort aims to improve treatments for chronic pain, curb the rates of opioid use disorder and overdose, and achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction.

AI & Ethics: The Debate that Needs to Be Had – Aimee Chanthadavong (ZDNet)

Are Brain Implants the Future of Thinking? – Zoe Corbyn (The Guardian)

Hands That Feed – "At a time when ethno-authoritarianism is on the rise across the globe, often aided by new technology, the idea that the scientist may become an accomplice in the state’s crimes is not merely an intellectual exercise: It is a lesson from history that is poorly studied yet pressingly relevant." – Yangyang Cheng (Supchina)

Roboethics: The Human Ethics Applied to Robots – Susan Fourtane (Interesting Engineering)
Why is Exercise Good for the Brain? – Carl Sherman (Dana Foundation)

The Hidden Neuroscience of Leonardo da Vinci – Sophie Fessl (Dana Foundation)

Rethinking Youth Sports – Michael Lipton (Cerebrum)
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