2018 Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA, USA
November 1-2

Scientists, Ethicists and Lawyers Tackle Big Questions in Brain Research

Press Release / Invitation To Journalists


Signals from a smartphone can detect changes in cognition, mood and behavior which could transform mental health care. But experts are asking, what are the ethics of collecting information from smartphones? Deep brain stimulation is an effective treatment for psychiatric disorders, but does it alter the patient’s personality? How do advertisers use technology to influence what we buy?

These are just some of the big questions that will be discussed at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society in San Diego, California, November 1-2, 2018.

Neuroethics is an academic discipline that examines the social, legal and ethical implications of developments in brain research.

Journalists and science writers are invited to attend the meeting and may register at no cost.

This conference brings together a diverse group of scholars, scientists, clinicians, and professionals dedicated to the responsible use of advances in brain science. In a lecture on the opioid epidemic, Professor Keith Humphreys from Stanford University (USA) will explain that some people need these drugs but at the same time they kill lots of people. The ethical dilemma is how you balance that risk with legitimate pain relief.

At this meeting world leaders in the field will speak on topics including:

  • Digitally decoding brain and behavior – Tom Insel, Mindstrong Health, USA
  • Managing neuroinformation, protecting identity – Emily Postan, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Brain surrogates: perception and reality – Nita Farahany, Duke Law School, USA

There will also be a public discussion on ‘My brain made me buy it? The neuroethics of advertising’ on November 1 (5:30–7:00 PM). Neuroscientist, Dr. Carl Marci from Nielsen will talk about the ethical boundaries around advertising techniques as technology and data is increasingly used to understand consumers’ preferences and decision-making.

View the meeting program for a complete schedule of events and list of confirmed speakers.

For further information, contact:

Elaine Snell
Chief Operating Officer
International Neuroethics Society