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INS at the 11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience

The FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Berlin started with the Fred Kavli Opening Lecture delivered by INS Board member, Tom Insel. "Digital phenotyping: Rethinking behaviour." Digital phenotyping uses signals from a smartphone to detect changes in cognition, mood and behaviour. But this exciting technology carries ethical implications related to data privacy, the prospect of surveillance, the risk of false results and potential changes in society.

INS Board Member Helen Mayberg also gave a lecture entitled, "What is well? Reconciling First- and Third-Person Perspectives on Depression Recovery with DBS." In her lecture, which was sponsored by the European Dana Alliance for the Brain, she described her ongoing research involving small groups of patients to refine the techniques to target more accurately the electrodes and the impulses they deliver. Key to this line of enquiry is to work out who will benefit from DBS.

INS Annual Meeting Announcements

Calls / Announcements

Call for Proposals – Proposals for the Mind and Brain Annual Conference are due August 1.

Call for Submissions – For the 39th annual Anxiety and Depression Conference 2019, symposia proposals must be submitted by August 14 and poster submissions by November 1.

Call for Submissions – The Medicine Anthropology Theory (MAT) publication is seeking submissions in a wide range of topics and accepted on a rolling basis.

Member News

Elba Serrano wins Presidential Award for Excellence – INS member Elba Serrano, New Mexico State University, is among 27 individuals across the country named last week to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award recognizes the critical roles mentors play outside the traditional classroom in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce. The National Science Foundation administers the program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Barbara Sahakian comment in Nature article – In a recent Nature News article written by Arran Frood, INS Past President Barbara Sahakian commented on the ethical concerns brought up by recent studies looking into "the non-medical use of substances — often dubbed smart drugs — to increase memory or concentration is known as pharmacological cognitive enhancement (PCE)."

Brain Surrogates Article – International Neuroethics Society (INS) Board members Nita Farahany, Hank Greely and Steven Hyman, along with 14 colleagues including other INS members, authored a commentary article titled "The ethics of experimenting with human brain tissue," published April 25 in Nature.

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