Social Justice and Neuroethics Listening Session

October 9, 2020
11:00am–12:30pm EDT

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A recent string of tragedies — including the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor — have foregrounded structures of racism in the United States and renewed efforts worldwide to advance social progress. As a field, neuroethics is uniquely positioned to speak to issues that are deeply important to social justice, from how racism is embedded in psychological/neurobiological research to how research can include disenfranchised communities without harming them. It is clear now more than ever that neuroethics has a responsibility to think through these difficult issues and, perhaps, offer possible guidelines.

But what issues should take priority? Whose voices are being ignored, and whose voices should be amplified? Where has neuroethics gone wrong in the past, and how can it change to meet today’s social justice challenges?

The International Neuroethics Society hosted a 90-minute online listening session featuring three panelists sharing their perspectives on neuroethics and social justice. They explored how the neuroethics community can answer the call for justice through their work in the sciences, medicine, industry, and the humanities.


  • Welcome by Nita Farahany, INS President
  • Introductions by moderator Tim Brown, INS Diversity & Inclusion Task Force chair 
  • Discussion with panelists
  • Questions, shared experiences
  • Outcomes and what comes next

Panelists will include:

  • Karen Herrera-Ferrá, MD, PhD – Dr. Herrera-Ferrá is the Founder and President of the Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética. Her research focuses on recurrent violent behavior and the globalization of neuroethics in Latin America.
  • Gillian Hue, PhD – Dr. Hue is a Lecturer in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University, and senior managing editor at the American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience. She has published in the area of innovation in neuroscience education.
  • Elba Serrano, PhD – Dr. Serrano is Regents Professor of Biology at New Mexico State University, member of the NIH BRAIN MultiCouncil Working Group, the BRAIN Neuroethics Working Group, and the ACD Next Generation Research Initiative Working Group.

We also encourage the audience and panelists to share stories and experiences of exclusion within neuroethics or within the INS to open a dialogue on how to address these important issues. Attendees can submit questions, comments, and stories for panelists to consider when completing their RSVP, or separately by email to the INS Diversity & Inclusion Task Force ([email protected]).

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