Meeting Program


San Diego Central Library
Shiley Special Events Suite
330 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

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1:30–1:45 PM


• Judy Illes, INS President
• Joseph J. Fins and Rachel Wurzman, Program Committee Co-Chairs

1:45–2:30 PM

Fred Kavli Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture

Steven E. Hyman, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute and former INS President, will deliver the Fred Kavli Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture, sponsored by The Kavli Foundation.

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2:30–4:30 PM

International Ambassador Session

We will initiate the INS International Ambassador Program at our 10th Anniversary INS Conference through a two-hour session dedicated to international neuroethics. Countries across the globe have made a clear priority of funding to the brain sciences. Embedded or in parallel to these projects are neuroethics scholarship and research.  At this panel we aim to have as many countries and their neuroethics projects represented as possible. We will invite leading figures in national-level brain science funding efforts as well as partner scientists and ethicists. The first hour will be dedicated to a discussion of national level brain research efforts, their priorities, as well as their complementary ethics efforts. The second hour will consist of breakout group discussions that will focus on the potential implications and opportunities engendered by these initiatives for 1) individual neuroethics careers (at all levels), and 2) society efforts to promote the exchange of awareness, communication and scholarship. These discussions will be an opportunity for both brainstorming and networking.

Planned breakout discussion topics:

  • What career opportunities are suggested by the various national-level neuroscience initiatives’ funding and mandates for neuroethics? What would be the path to different of these opportunities? What funding is currently available or foreseeable to support these?
  • How might fellowship or scholar exchange programs (i.e., for neuroethics students and/or early career trainees) help to synchronize, foster communication among, and promote awareness of neuroethics endeavors, both domestically and internationally?
  • How might the responsibilities and proscribed activities for neuroethical oversight groups need to differ among national neuroscience initiatives, based on A) the particular goals and focus of the initiative, B) national or transnational regulatory stances (e.g., active or passive precautionary principle-based regulation, etc.), and C) cultural exigencies?

Panel participants include:

• Adrian Carter, Monash University (Australia)
• Hervé Chneiweiss, Ecole des Neurosciences de Paris (France)
• Karen Herrera-Ferrá, Sociedad Mexicana de Neuroética (Mexico)
• Sung-Jin Jeong, Korean Brain Project (South Korea)
• Jeanette Kennett, Macquarie University (Australia)
• Eisuke Nakazawa, Japan Brain/Minds (Japan)
• Mu-Ming Poo, China Brain Science Project (China)
• Khara Ramos, BRAIN Initiative at NIH (United States)
• Julie Robillard,University of British Columbia (Canada)
• Arleen Salles, Human Brain Project / Centro de Investigaciones Filosóficas (Argentina)
• Yoshiyuki Takimoto, Japan Brain/Minds (Japan)


4:30–5:00 PM - BREAK


Meet Tomorrow's World: A Meeting on the Ethics of Emerging Technologies

Are you and your children really ready for tomorrow's world? The astonishing (some would say alarming) pace of scientific and technical advances—from robots to artificial intelligences that are champion game-players, from fitness monitors to learning aids, to social media at large—has already changed our lives. But what next for the home, the workplace, the classroom, the medical center? How do we comprehend and control the potential consequences for our communities? Come and meet an international group of experts to explore the ethics of these emerging technologies, ask questions and offer opinions at a conversation in the round.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is being organized by our partners and you must complete the Eventbrite RSVP form to secure a seat. This is separate from your INS meeting registration. Once complete, you will receive a separate admission ticket by email. 

• Roger Bingham, University of California, San Diego
• Judy Illes, University of British Columbia

Invited Speakers:
William Casebeer, Lockheed Martin
• Kate Darling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Jay Giedd, University of California, San Diego
• Hannah Maslen, University of Oxford
• Mayank Mehta, University of California, Los Angeles
• Vivienne Ming, University of California, Berkeley
• Julian Savulescu, University of Oxford
• Rachel Wurzman, University of Pennsylvania

This event is sponsored by the International Neuroethics Society, Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, and Science Collaboratory of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Program organizers included Judy Illes, Karen Graham, and Rachel Wurzman of the INS Public Session Program Committee and Andrea Chiba, Roger Bingham, and Deborah Forster of UCSD.

7:00–8:00 PM


8:15 PM

Affinity Group Dinners

Hosted by Harbour House Restaurant. Participants must inform staff of their intent to join by Thursday at 5:00 p.m. to be included on the reservation. The 8 affinity groups include Cognitive Enhancement, Deep Brain Stimulation & Neural Engineering, Global Health and Neuroethics, Neuroscience and Free Will, Brain-Based Legal Implications, Neuroscience and National Security, Alzheimer’s Disease, Addiction Neuroethics.

Registration standard rates end november 5


Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Cir
San Diego, CA 92101

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Many thanks to these individuals and organizations for supporting this year's abstract authors and presenters.

An anonymous individual donated one $500 travel stipend for an abstract author located outside North America.

AJOB Neuroscience will publish up to 35 full abstracts in an upcoming online issues.

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Neuroethics Research Unit/IRCM donated two $250 travel stipends

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Oxford University Press donated 15 book prizes

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Springer donated five book prizes and one 1-year subscription to Neuroethics

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Elsevier donated five neuroscience book prizes


7:30–8:00 AM

Breakfast & Poster Set Up

Posters must be set up between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. in time for judging. Be sure to review the poster specifications listed in the call for abstracts. The breakfast is made possible with generous support from Taylor & Francis.


8:00–8:45 AM

Poster Judging

Judging will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. If you would like to be a poster judge, contact Veljko Dubljevic

8:45–9:00 AM


Judy Illes, INS President

9:00–9:30 AM

Morning Plenary

Walter J. Koroshetz, Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of NINDS under Dr. Story Landis. Together, they directed program planning and budgeting, and oversaw the scientific and administrative functions of the Institute. He has held leadership roles in a number of NIH and NINDS programs including the NIH’s BRAIN Initiative, the Traumatic Brain Injury Center collaborative effort between the NIH intramural program and the Uniformed Health Services University, and the multi-year work to develop and establish the NIH Office of Emergency Care Research to coordinate NIH emergency care research and research training.

9:30–11:30 AM

Mind-Brain and the Competing Identities of Neuroethics

Since its beginning neuroethics has been a pluralistic, multidisciplinary discipline that brought together people from diverse fields examining both theoretical and practical issues pertaining to the neurosciences. Within the discipline, however, we can identity three different perspectives or “identities": first, there is the empirical perspective according to which neuroscience is given an important role in informing (and perhaps revising) our attitudes towards agency and responsibility; second, there is the speculative perspective which sees a brighter line between theoretical and practical issues, and between the humanistic and scientific; third, the pragmatic perspective looks at the way that neuroethics can be both instrumental and informed by theoretical considerations. These different perspectives will be presented by Paul Applebaum (Empirical/Medicine), Tom Buller (Speculative), Jennifer Chandler (Empirical/Law) and Saskia Nagel (Empirical/Pragmatic/Speculative). The session will be moderated by Eric Racine. Panelists will each present for 10-15 minutes, discuss as a group for 30 minutes, and answer audience questions for 30-45 minutes.

Eric Racine (Moderator), Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
Paul Appelbaum, Columbia University Medical Center
Tom Buller, Illinois State University
Jennifer Chandler, University of Ottawa
• Ilina Singh, University of Oxford

11:30–11:50 AM - BREAK

11:50 AM–12:30 PM

Flash Talks

Selected from the authors of accepted abstracts, the following individuals will provide 3-minute flash presentations introducing their poster and research.

• Karen S. Rommelfanger (Moderator), Emory University
• William Affleck, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
• Timothy E. Brown, University of Washington
• Celizbets Colón-Ortiz, Michigan State University
• Karen Herrera-Ferrá, Sociedad Mexicana de Neuroética
• Syd Johnson, Michigan Technological University
• Denis Larrivee, Mount St Mary's University
• Emily Murphy, University of California, Los Angeles
• Sarah Welch, George Mason University
• Kevin Chien-Chang Wu, National Taiwan University

12:30–2:15 PM

Lunch Business Meeting

Boxed Lunch, President’s Address, Special Guest presentation, and Open Business Meeting. All INS members are encouraged to attend and participate.

2:15–2:40 PM

Abstract, Poster and Essay Award Presentations

2:40 AM–4:10 PM 

Oral Abstract Presentations

Selected from the authors of accepted abstracts, the following individuals will provide 15-minute talks regarding their research and participate in a group Q&A session.

• Veljko Dubljevic (Moderator), North Carolina State University
• Jasmine Tung, Western University
• Cynthia S. Kubu, Cleveland Clinic
• Eran Klein, University of Washington
• Marcello Ienca, University of Basel

4:10–4:30 PM - BREAK

4:30–6:30 PM

Deconstructing Therapeutic Neurotechnology 'Narratives': A Case Study of DBS for Depression

This session will discuss whether and how ethics scholarship in the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for depression has kept pace with scientific advancements, and vice versa. Discussion will specifically address recent DBS/depression research involving patient narratives—personal accounts of their own concerns and perceptions of the benefits and harms of using DBS technology. Moderated by Karen Rommelfanger, panelists Helen Mayberg, Sara Goering, and Mo Costandi will explore multiple ways patient narratives may be interpreted and utilized in scholarship and media coverage from the viewpoints of a neuroscientist, philosopher, and journalist, respectively. Panelists will each present for 10-15 minutes, discuss as a group for 30 minutes, and answer audience questions for 30-45 minutes.

Karen S. Rommelfanger (Moderator), Emory University Center for Ethics
Helen Mayberg, Emory University School of Medicine
Sara Goering, University of Washington
Mo Costandi, The Guardian

6:30–6:45 PM


Attendees are encouraged to make announcements about job opportunities, upcoming events, and other relevant neuroethics activities.

6:45–7:45 PM

Poster Viewing and Reception

Posters are available for viewing throughout the day. Posters must be set up before 8:00 a.m. and removed at the conclusion of the reception at 7:30 p.m. The evening reception is made possible with generous support from Janssen.


Registration Standard Rates end November 5