2021 INS Annual Meeting
Online Conference
November 4-5

Environmental Neuroethics: Social Justice, and Steps Ahead

Friday, November 5, 2021
10:30am EDT / 14:30 UTC

The importance of the interrelationships of brain, mental health, and the environment is gaining global attention from both the point of view of biomedicine and ethics. This session will focus on social justice from the perspective of indigenous populations. We will discuss the next steps needed to catalyze cutting-edge science and technologies to improve understanding of the mechanisms through which the environment influences brain and mental health outcomes and formulate effective interventions. We will engage and learn from indigenous perspectives in order to inform decision-making at scientific and policy levels.


  • Henry Harder, University of Northern British Columbia (Canada)
  • Rudi Louis Taylor-Bragge, Monash University (Australia)
  • Moderator: Judy Illes, University of British Columbia (Canada)


  • Interview with discussants (20 minutes)
  • Questions from attendees (40 minutes)



Henry Harder

University of Northern British Columbia

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Rudi Louis Taylor-Bragge

Monash University

Rudi is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at Monash University. His area of research involves the intersection between culture and wellbeing for Aboriginal peoples. In addition to this, he runs two businesses and works independently as a writer/musician/producer/photographer/artist for his social enterprise project the Kulin Collective. When not inundated with tasks and emails, you'll usually find him hanging out with his dogs or going on walks in nature. 


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Judy Illes

Neuroethics Canada
University of British Columbia

Dr. Judy Illes is Professor of Neurology and Director of Neuroethics Canada at the University of British Columbia. As a pioneer of neuroethics, her research centers on the intersection between neurosciences and biomedical ethics. Among her many leadership roles, she is the co-lead of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy and the Pan Canadian Neurotechnology Ethics Consortium.