Member Groups

Affinity Groups

Members can join the topical Affinity Groups to discuss issues at the annual meeting and collaborate on special projects and publications.

  • Addiction Neuroethics
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Brain-Based Legal Implications
  • Cognitive Enhancement
  • Deep Brain Stimulation and Neural Engineering
  • Global Health and Neuroethics
  • Neuroscience and Free Will
  • Neuroscience and National Security
  • Neurotechnology and Artificial Intelligence


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Board is responsible for deliberating on key issues facing the Society and formulating and advancing strategic initiatives to be carried out by other committees and task forces. Committee members include the current President and members of the Board.


  • Joseph J. Fins, Weill Cornell Medical College (USA)


  • Philipp Kellmeyer, University Medical Center Freiburg (Germany)
  • Debra JH Mathews, Johns Hopkins University (USA)
  • Eric Racine, Montreal Clinical Research Institute (Canada)
  • Arleen Salles, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • Ilina Singh, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • Paul Root Wolpe, Emory University (USA)

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is responsible for maintaining a viable leadership structure, recommending updates to the bylaws and terms of reference, and overseeing the succession planning process for President, President-Elect, Board members, committee chairs, and other Society leadership positions. Committee members are selected from current members of the Board.


  • Paul Root Wolpe, Emory University (USA)


  • Laura Cabrera, Pennsylvania State University (USA)
  • Karen Herrera Ferrá, Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética (Mexico)
  • Debra JH Mathews, Johns Hopkins University (USA)
  • Roland Nadler, University of British Columbia (Canada)

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee recommends individuals to serve on the Board of Directors and for the office of President, President-elect/Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer. The committee also reviews nominations provided by the membership before the election.


  • Arleen Salles, Uppsala University (Sweden)


  • Winston Chiong, University of California, San Francisco (USA)
  • L. Syd M Johnson, SUNY Upstate Medical University (USA)
  • Marcello Ienca, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
  • Cynthia Kubu, Cleveland Clinic (USA)
  • Nicole Martinez-Martin, Stanford University (USA)
  • Olivia Matshabane, University of Cape Town / NIH (South Africa) – Student/Postdoc Representative 
  • Laura Specker Sullivan, Fordham University (USA)

Program Committee

The Program Committee is responsible for the annual meeting, including identifying suitable topics and speakers, reviewing suggestions, and reviewing abstract and poster submissions from the Society's membership. Members of the committee are responsible for finding a suitable venue, managing event advertisement/promotion, and media outreach. The following following co-chairs will lead efforts to plan the 2022 INS Annual Meeting. 


  • Eric Racine, Montreal Clinical Research Institute (Canada)
  • Jayashree Dasgupta, Samvedna Senior Care / Sangath (India)
  • Michael Young, Massachusetts General Hospital (USA)

Outreach & Engagement Committee

See the nominations page for details about applying to serve on this new committee.

Membership Committee

See the nominations page for details about applying to serve on this new committee.

Student/Postdoc Committee

The Student/Postdoc Committee represents early career members of the INS, their interests, and makes recommendations to the Board regarding initiatives affecting students and postdoc members. The committee currently manages an annual essay contest and contributes to the development of mentoring activities for Society members. A member of the Student/Postdoc Committee serves as a student representative on other INS committees. An established INS member serves as a faculty mentor to the committee. Learn more about each of the committee's current members.


  • Olivia Matshabane, University of Cape Town / U.S. National Institutes of Health (South Africa)


  • Juhi Farooqui, Carnegie Mellon University (United States)
  • Stephanie Hare, University of Maryland, Baltimore (United States)
  • Rachel Landrum, Louisiana State University (United States)
  • Natalia Montes, University of Washington (United States)
  • Vedat Menderes Özçiftci, Hacettepe University (Turkey)
  • Armani Porter, University of Chicago (United States)
  • Sunidhi Ramesh, Sidney Kimmel Medical College (United States)
  • Andreas Schönau, University of Washington (United States)
  • Ian Stevens, University of Tasmania (Australia)
  • Farhad Udwadia, University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Ashley Williams, Duke University (United States)


  • Veljko Dubljević, North Carolina State University (USA)


  • Karen Graham, INS Executive Director
  • Robert Beets, INS Communications Director

Task Forces

Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

The Diversity & Inclusion Task Force aims to contribute meaningful and measurable progress advancing diversity and justice within our communities, throughout the sciences and humanities, and around the world. Task force members, in coordination with leadership and staff, will lead efforts to determine how best the Society can foster a climate of inclusion, create resources for marginalized people, and dismantle unjust systems both in neuroethics and the neurosciences more broadly.

Members of the INS and the neuroethics community are encouraged to share stories and experiences of exclusion. Email members of the task force at: [email protected]


  • Tim Brown, University of Washington (USA)


  • Jayashree Dasgupta, Samvedna Senior Care / Sangath (India)
  • Nicole Martinez-Martin, Stanford University (USA)
  • Rosemary Musesengwa, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • Laura Specker Sullivan, Fordham University (USA)

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