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Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues Associated with Neural Chimeras and Organoids - Report Release

April 8; 12:00-1:00pm EDT; Virtual event

The U.S. National Academies' Committee on Science, Technology, and Law is hosting a public release on April 8 of a new report titled 'The Emerging Field of Human Neural Organoids, Transplants, and Chimeras: Science, Ethics, and Governance.' The report examines the scientific, ethical, and regulatory issues associated with neural chimeras and neural organoid research, and offers findings for scientists, clinicians, regulators, and the general public as they consider how to balance the value of this research with the ethical concerns it raises. Register to attend.


Postdoctoral associate positions

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is accepting applications for two postdoctoral associate positions: one in pediatric deep brain stimulation and the other in polygenic embryo screening. For both of these full-time positions, candidates interested in applying should have a PhD in basic science, health science, or a related field.


Student/Postdoc Committee chair

The INS is seeking suggestions for the next chair of the INS Student/Postdoc Committee. You can nominate yourself by submitting a statement of interest and current CV. Review all details and positions responsibilities before responding. Nominations and all documents due by Friday, April 15.

NIH funding opportunity

The National Institutes of Health has announced a new funding opportunity that aims to  understand and address the impact of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) on minority health and health disparities. The initiative will support both obseravational and intervention research with a breadth of priority areas, including mental health and neurological diseases. The application window opens July 20 and closes August 24.


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Francis Shen recognized for contributions to law and neuroscience

The American Law Institue (ALI) recently awarded INS member Francis Shen with the Early Career Scholars Medal. This award recognizes outstanding law professors whose work is relevant to public policy and has the potential to influence improvements in the law. Describing Francis's contributions to law, Judge Diane P. Wood speaks on behalf of the ALI: "Francis has been a pioneer in establishing the interdisciplinary field of law and neuroscience. His research ... has been essential in developing tools to improve the legal system through the responsible use of neuroscientific evidence and neurotechnology."

New slate of articles from AJOB Neuroscience

A number of INS members are coauthors for several articles recently accepted for publication in the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. See the journal's latest articles.


Calls released for abstracts and essays for 2021 annual meeting – March 4, 2021

Top student essays on ethical issues in brain science selected in the Neuroethics Essay Contest – September 10, 2020


Neuroethics Webinar Series; Doctor drawing blood from a patient as part of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study; 1932; National Archives Atlanta, GA (U.S. government);
Scientific Oppression, Biological Reductionism, and the Future of Neurotechnology

February 25, 2021

The INS Diversity & Inclusion Task Force organized a stimulating 90-minute discussion with panelists sharing their unique perspectives on what role neurotechnology and technologists could play in exacerbating or thwarting scientific oppression. Speakers included:

  • Jasmine Kwasa, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Olivia Matshabane, University of Cape Town
  • Francis Shen, University of Minnesota
  • Tim Brown, University of Washington (moderator)
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Choose Your Own Device: Do-It-Yourself Neuromodulation Panel Discussion

January 27, 2021

The INS Emerging Issues Task Force held a 1-hour virtual panel discussion on do-it-yourself (DIY) neurotechnology. The panel exploreed the current scope of DIY devices that can record or stimulate the brain and the ethical implications of using such technology without medical supervision. Speakers included:

  • Marcello Ienca, ETH Zurich
  • Karola Kreitmair, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Anna Wexler, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ishan Dasgupta, University of Washington (moderator)
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Neuroethics Wrapped

We asked our members to reflect on the noteworthy neuroethics-themed films, shows, media, and art that they appreciated in 2020. Here’s the collection of all the compelling, inspiring and interesting suggestions we received. Thanks to all the INS members and partners who contributed to the conversation.