Neuroethics Abstracts due June 24
Only two more weeks remain to submit your research for the 2019 INS Annual Meeting. We welcome abstracts related to the field of neuroethics from any disciplinary background, whether the work is empirical or theoretical in nature.

Investigators at all career stages are encouraged to submit, and several presentation and award opportunities are available. Notably, all accepted abstracts will also be considered for publishing in a future issue of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience.

Review the call for abstracts for complete details and requirements. Abstracts must be received by Monday, June 24. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. 
Update on the Recent Neurotechnology Conference in Toronto
On June 5, a group of about 30 people gathered at the University of Toronto for a meeting titled ' Breaking Through: Neurotechnology for High Consequence Communication and Decision-Making.' As new neurotechnology begins to bring massive benefits to people whose ability to communicate is impaired by disease, disability or injury, at the same time, we must consider the social and ethical implications of neurotechnology relating to health, crime, and civil and disability rights. Big questions arise such as:

  • Can we rely upon neurotechnology-mediated communication for informed consent?  
  • How can communication neurotechnology assist greater inclusion of people with disabilities in judicial proceedings, education or employment?
  • What is the incentive for commercial manufacturers to pay attention to the ethical challenges?

Co-chaired by Judy Illes and Jennifer Chandler (INS) and Tom Ladd (Cognixion), short talks by experts from industry, academia, and the legal profession were followed by in-depth discussion. Sherrie, who has cerebral palsy, demonstrated how Cognixion’s augmented reality speech-generating device enables her to ‘speak’ for the first time—and it was a privilege to have her with us.

Details of the meeting will be published soon.
Noel Daley presents to attendees. Meeting participants, from left, Nadia Troisi, Shanjay Kallayanathan and Deanna Groetzinger.
June 19-21; Paris, France

June 26; SfN Virtual Conference

September 7-10; Copenhagen, Denmark; The future of CNS treatments

September 21-25; Daegu, Korea

September 26-27; Graz, Austria

October 17-18; Chicago, IL, USA; Mapping Neuroethics: An Expanded Vision

October 19-23; Chicago, IL, USA
Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience Applications – National Science Foundation; Preliminary proposals due June 14 and full proposals due December 13
Call for Abstracts – INS Annual Meeting; Submissions due June 24
Call for Essays – INS Neuroethics Essay Contest; Submissions due July 12
Call for Papers – American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience
Summer Research Associates & Undergraduate Research Assistant – Harvard MGH Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior; Cambridge, MA, USA

PhD Position – Department of Medicine – Neurology, University of British Columbia; Vancouver, BC, Canada

Research Assistant in Neuroethics – Weill Institute for Neuroscience; San Francisco, CA, USA
Clinical Ethics Fellowship – Children's Minnesota; Minneapolis, MN, USA
North Carolina State University; Raleigh, North Carolina – NC State University is accepting applications for a  postdoctoral research scholar  in empirical neuroethics in interdisiciplinary studies. The successful candidate will preferably have experience as a teaching assistant or instructor, mentoring students, and a specific research agenda that aligns with one of the College of Humanities and Social Science’s degree-granting departments. Motivation to teach, mentor, conduct and publish research is expected. The successful candidate will also pursue their own individual research agenda and be guided by a faculty mentor in their respective field. A research presentation given once a year will summarize progress in this arena and should result in one or more publications. Applications are currently being accepted. 

Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation, McMaster University; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada – IEPI’s postdoctoral research fellows program seeks to prepare and train the next generation of applied ethicists. The program offers an integrated program of applied ethics consulting, research, and professional development, led by an interdisciplinary team with diverse expertise and resources in the biomedical sciences, humanities, social sciences, and policy development. Each fellow will be matched with a primary research mentor with mutual interests and relevant research expertise. Such mentoring will be combined with an integrated program of applied ethics consulting and professional development activities. The application deadline is June 23.

John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics MedStar Washington Hospital Center; Washington, DC, USA Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital introduces a research program devoted to the intersections of philosophy, neuroscience, empirical psychology, and clinical neurology. The Program for Neuroethics and Clinical Consciousness (PNCC) serves as a special research unit of the Lynch Center, contributing to relevant policy and practice. The PNCC invites scholars of relevant disciplinary backgrounds and at various degrees of study, to collaborate in investigating the ontological and normative clinical implications of ongoing advances within these fields. 
Share your organization's open positions, calls, and other opportunities with INS members and the neuroethics community. Submit to staff for consideration (
Scienze e Spiritualità: la trascendenza tra cultura, ricerca neuroscientifica ed evoluzione – T his book by ACPM member Vito Antonio Amodio and Pasquale Pellegrini  aims to explore, through the use of new brain imaging neurotechnologies, the changes in the neuronal circuits of different brain areas in states of intense meditation and prayer. Neurosciences are now offering new research perspectives in a field that until recently was considered a philosophical or religious competence only. This essay deals with the analysis of the spiritual experience, lived and studied in different contexts, in a simple and informative tone, and explains the functioning of the technologies and tools used in the research. – Vito Antonio Amodio and Pasquale Pellegrini

Owning Ethical Innovation: Claims about Commercial Wearable Brain Technologies – I. Coates McCall, C. Lau, N. Minielly, J. Illes (Neuron)
Neurodevelopmental Risk: A Tool to Enhance Conversations With Families of Infants – M. Lemmon, H. Huffstetler, P. Donohue, M. Katz, M. Barks, E. Schindler, D. Brandon, R. Boss, P. Ubel (Journal of Child Neurology)

Mental Illness: Is There Really a Global Epidemic? – Mark Rice-Oxley (The Guardian)
Best of the Neuroethics Blog: is Football Safe for Brains? – This article features a public discussion held at the 2015 INS Annual Meeting. The INS will again hold the annual meeting in Chicago this year and INS member Syd Johnson will be speaking as part a session on 'Disorders of Consciousness.' – L. Syd M Johnson

Mind Over Matter: Cognitive Neuroengineering – K. Moxon, I. Saez & J. Ditterich (Cerebrum)

Emotional Rescue: The Heart-Brain Connection – Michael Miller (Cerebrum)

How our Brains Respond to Texture – Sophie Fessl (Dana Foundation)
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