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NIMH Advisory Council Meeting -- An open policy session of the U.S. National Advisory Mental Health Council (NIMH) has been scheduled for May 25, 9am-12:15pm, in Bethesda, MD. Scheduled are updates from NIMH Director Joshua Gordon, NIH Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak, a presentation on the final report of the Council Workgroup on Opportunities and Challenges of Developing Information Technologies on Behavioral and Social Science Clinical Research, and a discussion of several concepts for potential future funding initiatives. A webcast of the meeting will be provided by the NIH. 

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Meeting Highlights -- The European Brain Council, The Belgian Brain Council, The French Brain Council, The European Psychiatric Association and The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies hosted an outreach event titled "Expanding Brain Research in Europe: A Societal Need?" at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. They released a video showcasing some highlights.

Positive Stress -- An article in The Atlantic titled "Can a difficult childhood enhance cognition," published April 11, presents research findings that show early experiences of adversity may lead to cognitive adaptations and improvements in reasoning.

Prison Reform -- An article in The Guardian titled "Signs of hope in the prison mental health crisis," published May 10, examines the issue of mental health in the prison population and the development of resources that aim to improve the situation through self-management and peer support.

Neuralink Launch -- An article in The Economist titled "Elon Musk enters the world of brain-computer interfaces," published March 30, announces the creation of Elon Musk's latest technology company, Neuralink, which aims to make invasive devices for treating or diagnosing neurological impairments. 

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FENS Affiliate – We are excited to announce that INS has become an Affiliate Member of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), increasing our international profile. With 43 neuroscience member societies across 33 European countries, FENS represents 24,000 European neuroscientists with a mission to advance neuroscience education and research. 


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Call for Abstracts / Essays -- We've released our call for abstracts and call for essays for the 2017 INS Annual Meeting to be held November 9-10 in Washington, DC. Be sure to review the full announcements online and distribute to your colleagues, students, and through your professional networks. Many thanks for helping us spread the word!

NYU Position -- New York University (NYU) is seeking a non-tenure track Bioethics Instructor/Assistant Professor to lead the development of an integrated pediatric bioethics program with a focus on child and adolescent mental health. The appointment, starting September 1, will be in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / NYU Langone Child Study Center and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / NYU School of Medicine.

Call for Chapters -- “Organizational neuroscience” is a new area of research that seeks to bridge neuroscience research, theories, and methods with management and organizational science. Joé T. Martineau, HEC Montréal, and Eric Racine, IRCM, are inviting contributions to an edited volume of the book, Organizational neuroethics: Reflections on the contributions of neuroscience to management theories and business practices, which hopes to engage two themes: 1) the ethics of organizational neuroscience and 2) the neuroscience of organizational ethics. Researchers who would like to contribute to the book can submit a chapter proposal abstract of 350 to 500 words by June 1. Full chapter submissions are due December 15. 


Brian Earp, Olga Wudarczyk, Bennett Foddy, and Julian Savulescu wrote an article titled "Addicted to love: What is love addiction and when should it be treated" in Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, published online April 3. The article examines the relationship between love and addiction and its implications for treatment decisions. 

Karen Rommelfanger, Stewart Factor, Suzette LaRoche, et al. wrote a report titled "Disentangling Stigma from Functional Neurological Disorders: Conference Report and Roadmap for the Future" in Frontiers in Neurology, published March 29. The report outlined key issues and future directions from the conference “Controversial labels and clinical uncertainties: psychogenic disorders, conversion disorder, and functional symptoms" that aimed to reduce stigma and improving care for functional neurological disorders.

The IRCM has just released its May 1 Vol. 10 No. 8 issue of Brainstorm, a newsletter about ethics, neuroscience, and society. This month's newsletter features Dr. David Rodríguez-Arias, a Ramón y Cajal Researcher in Moral Philosophy at the University of Granada, Spain