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Opportunities and Calls


Comments on Neuroethics Roadmap – A draft Neuroethics Roadmap for the BRAIN Initiative has been released and the Neuroethics Subgroup authors need your input by May 20. Findings and analysis will be presented to the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director on June 13 and 14.

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.

Call for PapersAmerican Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience (AJOB Neuroscience) is now indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed. In recognition of the milestone, the journal is issuing a call for papers. AJOB Neuroscience editors welcome submissions throughout the field of neuroethics but are particularly interested in the neuroethics of: machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics, and digital phenotyping, novel issues in psychiatry, evolving definitions of consciousness and brain death, free will and the neural basis of decision-making, feminist neuroethics, neurodiversity, neuromarketing, neuro-entrepreneurship, and neuroscience startups, meuroethics education, training, and engagement, and neuroengineering and genetic manipulation.

Request for Applications – The NIH BRAIN Initiative has released a BRAIN Neuroethics Request For Applications (RFA-MH-19-400). Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to contact James Churchill ([email protected]) and Khara Ramos ([email protected]). This RFA has multiple receipt dates, including: February 4, 2019, October 9, 2019 and October 9, 2020.

NIH Opportunities – The following active NIH BRAIN Initiative training opportunities include neuroethics within scope. See the announcements for full requirements and details, including the scientific contacts at NIH. BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32); BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00, Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed); BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00, Independent Clinical Trial Required).

Call for Chapter Submissions – INS member Dr. Michael Nestor and Dr. Richard Wilson are accepting 5,000–8,000 word submission by July 1 for inclusion in The Anticipatory Biomedical Ethics of The Use of CRISPR in Humans (Springer). The goal of the book is to bring together scientists and philosophers to explore potential biomedical ethics or policy pitfalls that potentially exist via the use of CRISPR in humans. For more information contact Dr. Nestor ([email protected]).