Leadership

Board of Directors

The INS Board consists of 15 members, who serve 3-year terms, with five seats up for nomination each year. Board candidates are selected by the Nominating Committee following nominations from the membership with final decisions made by the current Board. Terms end and begin at the conclusion of the business meeting at the annual meeting.

The newest slate of incoming board members took office at the conclusion of the 2019 annual meeting and included Adrian Carter, Martha Farah, Eric Racine and Arleen Sallas.

The Executive Committee of the Board includes: Martha Farah, Nita Farahany, Joseph J. Fins, Hank Greely, Debra JH Mathews, Helen Mayberg, Ilina Singh and Paul Root Wolpe.

Officers and Members

President (2019–2021)

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Nita Farahany

Duke Law School
Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Nita Farahany, JD, PhD is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies. She is the Founding Director of Duke Science & Society, the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, and a Professor of Law & Philosophy. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

President-Elect (2020–2021)

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Joseph J. Fins

Weill Cornell Medical College

Joseph J. Fins, MD MACP is The E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College. Fins is a Past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and former Governor of the American College of Physicians. He was recently selected as President-Elect and will be the next President of the INS.

Secretary/Treasurer

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Ilina Singh

University of Oxford

Ilina Singh, MA EdD, is Professor of Neuroscience and Society at the University of Oxford, where she holds a joint appointment between the Department of Psychiatry and the Faculty of Philosophy (Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics). Her work examines the psychosocial and ethical implications of advances in biomedicine and neuroscience for young people and families.

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Laura Cabrera

Michigan State University

Laura Y. Cabrera, MA, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Michigan State University. Her work focuses on the ethical and societal implications of advances in neurotechnology, Latino’s views about Alzheimer's disease, and the timing of deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease.

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Adrian Carter

Monash University

Adrian Carter is an associate professor at Monash University, a research fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council, and director of community engagement and neuroethics at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia. His research examines the impact of neuroscience on our understanding and treatment of addiction, mental illness, and neurological disorders.

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Martha Farah

University of Pennsylvania

Martha J. Farah, PhD, is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences at the Center for Neuroscience & Society, University of Pennsylvania. She is a cognitive neuroscientist who works on problems at the interface of neuroscience and society. Her recent research has focused on socioeconomic status and brain development. 

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Karen Herrera Ferrá

Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética

Karen Herrera-Ferrá, MD, PhD, is founder and president of the Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética (Mexican Association of Neuroethics). Her research analyzes the biocultural considerations and ethical, legal, and social issues and concerns in the use of neuroscience and neurotechnology in developed, developing, and non-developed countries.


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Steven Hyman

Harvard University
Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT

Steven E. Hyman, MD, is director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute and the Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. He previously served as director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (1996-2001) and as Harvard University Provost (2001-2011). Hyman was the founding president of the International Neuroethics Society (2008–2014) and served as president of the Society for Neuroscience (2015).

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Philipp Kellmeyer

University Medical Center Freiburg

Philipp Kellmeyer, MD, MPhil, is the head of the Neuroethics and AI Ethics Lab at the University Medical Center Freiburg. His work involves the use of novel brain–computer interfaces for severely paralyzed patients, and his interests include neurology, cognitive neuroscience, neurotechnology, neuroethics and AI ethics, human–AI interaction, and XR technologies.

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Debra JH Mathews

Johns Hopkins University

Debra JH Mathews, PhD MA, is the Assistant Director for Science Programs at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, in the School of Medicine. Mathews's academic work focuses on ethics and policy issues raised by emerging biotechnologies, with particular focus on genetics, stem cell science, and neuroscience.

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Eric Racine

Montreal Clinical Research Institute

Eric Racine, PhD, is research professor and director of the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) with additional appointments at University of Montreal and McGill University. He is a leading international researcher in bioethics with recognized contributions to the development of neuroethics and pragmatic ethics. Inspired by philosophical pragmatism, his research aims to bring to the forefront the lived experience of ethically problematic situations by patients and stakeholders and then to resolve them collaboratively through deliberative and evidence-informed processes.

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Karen S. Rommelfanger

Emory University

Dr. Karen S. Rommelfanger is the Neuroethics Program Director at Emory University’s Center for Ethics, and Senior Associate Editor at the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. She is dedicated to cross-cultural work in neuroethics and explores how neurotechnologies influence the process of medicalization. She co-chairs the Neuroethics Workgroup of the International Brain Initiative and is ambassador to the Human Brain Project’s Ethics Advisory Board. She edits The Neuroethics Blog and contributes frequently to popular media.

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Arleen Salles

Uppsala University

Arleen Salles, PhD, MA, is a senior researcher at the Centre for Research and Bioethics of Uppsala University in Sweden, and director of the Neuroethics Program at the Centro de Investigaciones Filosoficas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her current research interests include the examination and development of conceptual neuroethics, examination of the notion of global neuroethics, privacy and disorders of consciousness, and the impact of neuroscientific findings and emerging neurotechnologies on personal and human identity. 

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Anna Wexler

University of Pennsylvania

Anna Wexler is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. As principal investigator of the Wexler Lab, her research examines the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding emerging technology, with a focus on neurotechnology, do-it-yourself, and direct-to-consumer medicine and science.

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Paul Root Wolpe

Emory University

Paul Root Wolpe is the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, and the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics. His teaching and publications include death and dying, genetics and eugenics, sexuality and gender, mental health and illness, alternative medicine, and bioethics in extreme environments such as space.

Representative to the Board

The current chair of the INS Student/Postdoc Committee serves as a representative to the INS Board of Directors and provides reports on the activities of the Committee. The representative does not vote as a Board member.

Student/Postdoc Representative

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Roland Nadler

University of British Columbia

Roland Nadler, JD, is starting a doctorate program in law at the University of British Columbia. He was formerly visiting professor at the University of Ottawa in the Center for Health, Law, Policy and Ethics.

Past Presidents

  • Hank Greely (2017–2019)
  • Judy Illes (2016–2017)
  • Barbara Sahakian (2014–2016)
  • Steven Hyman (2008–2014)

Staff

For general inquiries, partnerships and sponsorship, contact Karen Graham. Email staff with neuroethics news, events and resources to share our members ([email protected]). 

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Karen Graham

Executive Director
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+1 301-229-1660

Karen's background includes more than a decade on Capitol Hill, public relations in two associations (both non-profit and as a registered lobbyist). Most recently, Karen organized and managed public programs and events, designed educational materials, and promoted ongoing relationships with national health organizations for the Dana Foundation.

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Robert Beets

Communications Director
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@sciencebeets

Robert Beets is a science communication consultant living in Madison, Wisconsin. A graduate of the UW–Madison's Life Sciences Communication department, he has advanced the communication practices of organizations in the fields of health, medicine, agriculture, forestry, education, and neuroscience.

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Kimberley Glover

Meeting Intern
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Kimberley Glover is currently pursuing her master’s degree in bioethics at Wake Forest University. She recently graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science.

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Josie Watkins

Communications Intern
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Josie is pursuing degrees in Life Sciences Communication and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is also involved in the Sunrise Movement, a national movement to combat climate change, and manages the social media communications of a local Sunrise hub in Madison, Wisconsin.