2019 Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL, USA
October 17-18

Meeting Program

Mapping Neuroethics: An Expanded Vision


Janssen Neuroscience; Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson
Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute
The Kavli Foundation
Taylor & Francis; Taylor & Francis Group




Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
221 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL USA 60601




9:00–9:45 AM

Registration / Networking

  • Check in at the registration desk and install posters upon arrival
  • Coffee and tea will be served


9:45 AM


  • Hank Greely, INS President
  • Ilina Singh and Arleen Salles, INS Program Committee co-chairs



Matthew L. Baum

Harvard Medical School



Ethics and the Imprisoned Brain

As researchers begin to investigate techniques for altering inmates' brains to rid prisons of what Anthony Burgess called ‘the ultra-violence,’ the ongoing neuroethics discourse about biological approaches to criminal justice takes on renewed urgency. Speakers will address the promise and peril of neuro-interventions for incarcerated persons, whether in research and development or implementation and oversight.


  • Olivia Choy, Nanyang Technological University / University of Pennsylvania (Singapore/United States)
  • Farah Focquaert, Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Andrés Molero-Chamizo, University of Huelva (Spain)
  • Jan Christoph Bublitz, University of Hamburg (Germany)
  • Moderated by Roland Nadler, University of British Columbia (Canada)


12:15–1:30 PM

Lunch / Poster Presentations

  • Poster presentations in the Baltic–Bering Room


CONCURRENT 1:30–2:45 PM / pacific BallRoom

Preclinical Interventions in Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders

As we get better at using genetic, metabolic or behavioral biomarkers to predict future susceptibility for neurological and psychiatric syndromes, the problem of medical management of people in such preclinical states becomes more trenchant. Testing preventive drugs, informing patients or parents of risks, managing false positives, and treating patients with little discernible illness raise significant ethical questions that we will discuss with a panel of experts.


  • Caesar Atuire, University of Ghana (Ghana)
  • Emily Largent, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • Gabriela Pavarini, University of Oxford (UK)
  • Moderated by Anna Wexler, University of Pennsylvania, USA


CONCURRENT 1:30–2:45 PM / Caribbean Room

Disorders of Consciousness: Concepts, Culture and Prognosis

This session will explore the importance of concepts when addressing disorders of consciousness. Speakers will discuss the cultural dimensions and ethical implications of selecting concepts, how concepts can impact practice protocol and medical decision-making, and the potential consequences of categorizing patients.


  • Joseph J. Fins, Weill Cornell Medical College (USA)
  • L. Syd M Johnson, Michigan Technological University (USA)
  • Laura Specker Sullivan, College of Charleston (USA)
  • Yi Yang,  PLA Army General Hospital (China)
  • Moderated by Hannah Maslen, University of Oxford (UK)


BREAK / 2:45–3:00 PM



Abstract Presentations

Two concurrent sessions of authors who submitted an abstract will be selected to give a talk about their neuroethics research and area of study. Each talk will be about 10-15 minutes in length and a question and answer period will follow the full set of talks.


  • Jayashree Dasgupta, Sangath (India)
  • Ashwini Nagappan, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • Armani Porter, Duke University (USA)
  • Demetrio Sierra-Mercado, Baylor University / University of Puerto Rico (USA)
  • Andreas Wolkenstein, LMU Munich (Germany)


TRAVEL TIME / 4:00–4:30 PM



Should we trust technology to provide mental health care?

  • Developed in partnership with Northwestern University
  • Meet and greet will be 4:30–5:00pm
  • Public program will start at 5:00pm


7:30 PM

Affinity Groups Dinner





9:00–9:25 AM


  • Coffee and tea will be served


9:25–9:30 AM


  • Ilina Singh and Arleen Salles, INS Program Committee co-chairs


9:30–11:30 AM

Solving Dilemmas in Global Neuroethics

Presentations and a follow-up world cafe discussion with the full audience will examine several themes addressed in the perspective article, 'Neuroethics Questions to Guide Ethical Research in the International Brain Initiatives' (Neuron, 2018). The goal of this session is to promote a productive dialogue on diverse ethical approaches to contemporary issues in global neuroethics.


  • Adrian Carter, Monash University (Australia)
  • Judy Illes, University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Khara Ramos, National Institutes of Health (USA)
  • Norihiro Sadato, National Institute for Physiological Sciences (Japan)
  • Sung Jin Seoung, Korea Brain Research Institute (South Korea)
  • Arleen Salles, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • Cafe discussion led by Paul Root Wolpe, Emory University (USA)
  • Moderated by Karen Rommelfanger, Emory University (USA)


11:30 AM–12:30 PM / BALTIC ROOM

Poster Presentations

  • Attendees will vote for best posters


12:30–2:00 PM

Lunch / Business Meeting

  • Announcements from INS President Hank Greely
  • Updates from INS committee chairs


2:00–3:30 PM

Incapable Patients and Psychiatric Neurosurgery: What do Law and Ethics Have to Say?

Many laws define psychosurgery to include deep brain stimulation (DBS) for psychiatric indications, a field under intensive exploration and expansion. This session will consider the history, present and future, of the regulation of invasive psychiatric neuromodulation such as DBS, with particular attention to the questions of whether there is a need for specific law, and what its optimal contents should be.


  • Laura Cabrera, Michigan State University (USA)
  • Eran Klein, University of Washington (USA)
  • Lauren Sankary, Cleveland Clinic (USA)
  • Moderated by Jennifer Chandler, University of Ottawa (Canada)


BREAK / 3:30–4:00 PM


Image of Martha Farah


Martha J. Farah

Center for Neuroscience & Society
University of Pennsylvania



5:00–6:00 PM

Awards Reception

  • INS President Hank Greely will present the Steven E. Hyman Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Neuroethics
  • Presentation of poster awards by Hank Greely
  • Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served


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Janssen Neuroscience; Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson
Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute
The Kavli Foundation
Taylor & Francis; Taylor & Francis Group

Stipend Contributors

  • James and Elisabeth Ewing
  • Dr. Michael Patterson
  • Anonymous
Neuroethics Canada; Brain, Health, Human Values
Penn Masters of Bioethics Program
Monash University: Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health
Wellcome Centre Ethics + Humanities