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Speakers at the BNA meeting

British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience, Dublin – The INS joined forces with the British Association for Psychopharmacology to host a symposium on 'Mental illness in children and adolescents: neuroscience, ethics and practice in psychopharmacology.' There are considerable scientific, medical and ethical challenges in youth mental health such as achieving accurate diagnosis, understanding the role of early adversity and environment, and appropriately targeting treatment. The symposium examined mechanisms to reveal the effects of antipsychotics on the reward processing systems and the long-term impact of treatment in experimental models. It then moved on to the on-going ethical debates that include clinical practice, early intervention, and moral development. Co-chaired by Dr. Gabriela Pavarini, University of Oxford (UK), and Professor Mitul Mehta, King’s College London (UK), the speakers were Professor Judith Homberg, Radbound University (The Netherlands), Dr. Ciara McCabe, University of Reading (UK), Professor Paramela Santosh, King’s College London and Dr. Pavarini.

The following day we held a public event titled 'Young Minds Matter: How to Support Young People’s Mental Health' to give young people, parents, teachers and carers the opportunity to find out about what is going on in the developing brain, treatment for mental illness and smartphone data for mental health prediction. The panel was joined by a representative of Aware, a charity that provides educational programs to students and teenagers to help them deal with life’s challenges.

Investigators Meeting and State of the BRAIN Initiative – As part of the fifth annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting, April 11-13 in Washington, DC, the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director BRAIN Initiative Working Group 2.0 released a draft report on the current state of the BRAIN Initiative, including opportunities for keeping pace with the evolving scientific landscape and to ensure BRAIN Initiative research is of the utmost value to the public it intends to serve. The Advisory Committee has issued a request for information and will review all feedback received by May 15. A draft of the BRAIN Neuroethics Subgroup’s roadmap is expected to be released for public comment soon.

INS Annual Meeting

Call for Neuroethics Abstracts – The INS invites researchers from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at our 2019 annual meeting in Chicago, IL, USA. Welcome are abstracts related to the field of neuroethics from any disciplinary background, whether the work is empirical or theoretical in nature. Review the call for abstracts for deadlines and requirements.

Neuroethics Essay Contest – Now in its sixth year, the 2019 Neuroethics Essay Contest aims to promote interest in neuroethics among students and postdocs from around the world. Submissions are welcome in one of three categories: Academic Essay, Essay for a General Audience, and High School Essay. With support from the International Youth Neuroscience Association (IYNA), the contest is now open for high school students and submissions in this category will also be eligible for inclusion in the IYNA Journal. Review the call for essays for the deadlines and requirements.

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