Neuroethics 2024
INS Annual Meeting
Baltimore USA + Virtual

Preliminary Program

The following sessions will be part of the meeting program. More details will be added as confirmed by the session organizers. See the schedule for start times and Zoom links for virtual participants.

Plenary Sessions

Hybrid Minds: What is it like to use neuroprostheses, and why does it matter?

This panel considers neuroprostheses that integrate the brain, mind, neurotechnological artifact and software into a hybrid form that blurs the boundaries between devices, body and mind — which we call the hybrid mind  Our research consortium, Hybrid Minds, has been considering the experiential dimensions of using neuroprostheses, as well as their ethical and legal consequences. Four presentations will address these different aspects of the hybrid mind.

Mind Meets Art: Neurology, Research Participation, and Social Justice

In this panel discussion we draw on our research and experiential knowledge to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of participatory and social justice arts to disrupt dominant neurological disease narratives. We discuss how various artistic media and formats shape co-creation processes and the representation of lived experience in their products — as well as the tensions and potentials of transdisciplinary collaborations.

The Challenges of Neuroenhancement: Comparative Legal Perspectives from US, EU, and Japan

This session will focus on the progress of neurotechnology in the broadest sense and its potential applications for improving human function in the near future, such as improving performance in athletic, academic, and professional environments. The state of national, regional, and even international laws and regulations will then be discussed from the perspectives of constitutional law, culture, and public policy.

FDA Fireside Chat

This session will explore FDA perspectives on and experiences with protecting patients in neurological device research and translation, and associated neuroethics considerations.

Neurorights Debate
Stigma and the Brain Disease Model of Chronic Pain – Helping or Hurting?

This session will explore the neuroethical implications of brain disease explanations of chronic pain on stigma. Panelists’ presentations aim to shed light on the complexities of neuroessentialist explanations of chronic pain and explore potential avenues for improving interventions in pain management to reduce rather than entrench stigma for people living with chronic pain.

Concurrent Sessions

Drawing What Matters: A Comics Workshop

In this workshop, participants will use comics as a modality to identify and reflect on the neuroethics issues that they find most pressing. The workshop will be composed almost entirely of hands-on comics-making activities, guided by three facilitators — Drs. Ann Fink, Gillian Hue and Tim Brown — with important experience in neuroethics, education, the arts, and social justice. This engagement is a means of building relationships in solidarity, and of recognizing historically marginalized voices, forms of expression, and narratives.

MindMaestroes: A Guided Tour

This session will be a guided exploration of the MindMaestroes interactive audiovisual brain–computer interface installation. Guided by the creators, users will explore audiovisual scene control through various mental strategies, including closing eyes or mental counting. The creators will also discuss the prospects of and potential applications of similar BCI installations.

Chat with NIH Leaders


Theater of Thought, with dark background and intricate maze red lines in the shape of a brain
“Theater of Thought” Exclusive Screening and Neuroethics Discussion

Through the lens of legendary documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog, Theater of Thought takes audiences on a provocative journey into the study of the mind and consciousness. The film will be screened at 6:00pm and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring members of the cast.

You must register through Eventbrite to attend this free event open to the public.

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Music, Movement and Healing: Ethical Considerations in Embodied Experience

Incorporating musical and dance performance, dialogue, and participatory creative activity, this presentation will explore the ways in which both beholding and participating in music-making and dancing can release sensations and emotions.

A separate registration will be required for this free public event.

Other Sessions

Mentoring Lecture by Sara Goering

Judy Illes Award Recipient

Research Talks #1
Research Talks #2
Poster Presentations
Poster Judging


Judy Illes Award
Steven E. Hyman Award
Poster Presentation Awards