Neuroethics News

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The INS in Prague – Judy Illes, INS President, participated in the inauguration of the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health, a consortium of 150 programs worldwide of which the INS is a member. Jennifer Chandler, INS Board member, attended and presented at the International Academy of Law and Mental Health. Both meetings were held in Prague, Czechoslovakia in July 2017. (Photo credit: Kiah I. Van der Loos)

Judy Illes, INS President
Judy Illes and Jennifer Chandler

CIHR Appointment – Dr. Judy Illes has been elected Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She will assume her duties on July 6, 2017 for a three year term.

Illes Interview – The Early Edition (Canada) interviewed Dr. Judy Illes on the ethics of brain mapping and neurotechnology.

Member of IBRO -- We are proud to announce that the INS has become a member of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). IBRO is a global federation of neuroscience societies that supports and promotes research, training and advocacy. Membership of IBRO connects us to a worldwide network of more than 75,000 neuroscientists in over 60 countries worldwide.

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.


Eric Racine, Veljko Dubljevic, Ralf J. Jox, Bernard Baertschi, et al. wrote an article titled "Can Neuroscience Contribute to Practical Ethics? A Critical Review and Discussion of the Methodological and Translational Challenges of the Neuroscience of Ethics" in Bioethics, published May 15. The article examines the usefulness of studying the neuroscience of ethics, summarizes key challenges and contributions in the field, and discusses the different strategies that could be used to support knowledge transfer to help different stakeholders integrate knowledge from the neuroscience of ethics.

Veljko Dubljevic and Eric Racine wrote an article titled “Moral Enhancement Meets Normative and Empirical Reality: Assessing the Practical Feasibility of Moral Enhancement Neurotechnologies” in Bioethics, published May 15. The article assesses the practical feasibility of moral enhancement neurotechnologies, reviews the literature on neuroscience and cognitive science models of moral judgment, and analyzes their implications for the specific target of intervention (cognition, volition or affect) in moral enhancement.


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.


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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!

Request for Proposals -- Proposals for three volumes on cutting edge topics in Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics are now being sought by Judy Illes, Series Editor, Elsevier Press. The following topics are of special interest, but all will be considered equally based on the strength of the volume editor or editor group, and the proposed table of contents: Environmental Neuroethics, Public and Global Mental Health, Advances in Neurotechnology, Neuroethics Policy for Children and Youth, Placebo and Addiction Neuroethics, Do-it-Yourself and Take-it-Yourself NeuroTools, Educational Strategies in Contemporary Neuroethics, Bioethics, and Biomedicine. Each volume will be edited by one or a group of remunerated volume editors, and will consist of 5-8 chapters of approximately 30-50 pages.

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.