Neuroethics 2024
INS Annual Meeting
Baltimore USA + Virtual


The live sessions are being held in Baltimore, MD which is located in the Eastern Time Zone and will recognize Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) during the entire meeting. Times listed below are all EDT and plenary sessions include a link to a time zone converter tool. For some virtual participants, sessions may be the next day. Also be aware of upcoming daylight savings time changes in your country.


Tuesday, April 16


Photo of the Station North Arts District, looking north on Charles Street. Taken by Jfruh (wikimedia) and released into the public domain.

Our pre-conference event will be held at the Charles Theater, located at 1711 N Charles St. This free event is open to the public. A separate registration is required. Please arrive before 6:00 p.m.


Charles Theater · 1711 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201



Public Event / 6:00-9:00 PM EDT


Theater of Thought, with dark background and intricate maze red lines in the shape of a brain
“Theater of Thought” Exclusive Screening and Neuroethics Discussion

Through the lens of legendary documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog, Theater of Thought takes audiences on a provocative journey into the study of the mind and consciousness. The film will be screened at 6:00pm and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring members of the cast.


  • Joseph J. Fins, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Sara Goering, University of Washington
  • Rafael Yuste, Columbia University


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You must register through Eventbrite to attend this free event open to the public. Registration for the meeting does not guarantee you a seat. Please arrive well before the 6:00pm start time.


There will be no virtual broadcast of the film or discussion.



Wednesday, April 17


Front entrance of The Belvedere from Chase Street, in Baltimore, MD, USA

Conference sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be held at The Belvedere, located in historic Mt. Vernon in downtown Baltimore. The address and entrance is: 1 East Chase Street. All sessions will be held on the 11th floor in the Grand Ballroom and Platinum Ballroom.


The Belvedere · 1 East Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21202



Plenary / 9:00–10:30 am EDT


Session will be broadcast via Zoom for virtual participants.

Hybrid Minds: What is it like to use neuroprostheses, and why does it matter?

This panel considers neuroprostheses that integrate the brain, mind, neurotechnological artifact and software into a hybrid form that blurs the boundaries between devices, body and mind — which we call the hybrid mind. Four presentations will address these different aspects of the hybrid mind.


  • Ian Burkhart – How did I relate to my neuroprosthesis?
  • Jennifer Chandler – What is it like to communicate with a neuroprosthesis?
  • Christoph Bublitz – Are neuroprostheses part of the body or mind?
  • Marcello Ienca – Converging ethics for smart neuroprostheses


Break / 30 minutes


Plenary / 11:00 am EDT


Session will be broadcast via Zoom for virtual participants.

Mind Meets Art: Neurology, Research Participation, and Social Justice

In this panel discussion, speakers will reflect on the challenges and opportunities of participatory and social justice arts to disrupt dominant neurological disease narratives.


  • Naila Kuhlmann, McGill University
  • Maria Bee Christensen-Strynø, University of Copenhagen
  • Pia Kontos, University of Toronto
  • Stefanie Blain-Moraes, McGill University


Break / 12:00–1:00 PM EDT




Plenary / 1:00–2:30 PM EDT


Mentoring Lecture by Sara Goering

Sara Goering, recipient of the Judy Illes Award, will give a talk about mentoring.


Mentoring Activity

In-person attendees and virtual participants will meet in pre-assigned mentoring pairs or groups. Registered participants and abstract authors should watch for a sign-up email soon.


Break / 2:30 PM EDT


Plenary / 3:00–4:00 PM EDT


Research Talks

Authors of top abstract submissions will present their research and answer audience questions. Presenting authors are in bold. Approximate start times for each talk are in parentheses.


  • Bridging the Governance Gap: Translating Global Neurorights to a Community-Engaged Framework in the United States. Favour Nerrise. (3:00 p.m.)

  • Human brain organoid transplantation: testing the foundations of animal research ethics.
    Alexandre Erler. (3:15 p.m.)

  • To Explant or not to Explant: Deliberations on the Explantation of Neural Devices within Research Ethics Committees. Katherine Bassil, Karin Jongsma. (3:25 p.m.)

  • "If there were more resources we could have done more": Investigator perspectives on post-trial responsibilities in neural implant trials. Nathan Higgins, John Gardner, Adrian Carter. (3:35 p.m.)

  • It's Time for Community-Based Participatory Research in Neuroethics. Michelle T. Pham, Eran Klein, Sara Goering. (3:50 p.m.)


Concurrent / 4:00–5:00 PM EDT


In-Person Poster Presentations

This session will focus on poster presentation judging. All in-person presenters are expected to present for a judge. See the presentation formats page for details and instructions.


Virtual Poster Presentations

Virtual participants will present their research in the Gather poster halls. See the presentation formats page for details and instructions.


Adjourn / 5:00 PM EDT


Networking Social



Thursday, April 18


The Belvedere · 1 East Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21202



Plenary / 9:00–10:00 aM EDT


How Should We Respond to the Challenges of Enhancement Neurotechnologies: Comparative Research on the Legal Perspectives from US, EU, and Japan

This panel discussion will focus on the progress of neurotechnology in a broad sense and its possible application to enhancing cognitive function of humans in near future, including ones which promote social participation of people with disabilities, improve wellbeing and the working environment with brain assistant technologies, and so on.


  • Gary Marchant, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Keigo Komamura, Keio University
  • Carla Maria Gulotta, University Milano-Bicocca
  • Ricardo Chavarriaga, CLAIRE Office Switzerland
  • Masatoshi Kokubo, Keio University


Plenary / 10:00–10:30 AM EDT


FDA Fireside Chat

This session will explore FDA perspectives on and experiences with protecting patients in neurological device research and translation, and associated neuroethics considerations.


Mary Keszler, Medical Officer, FDA

Julia Slocomb, Senior Lead Reviewer, FDA

Francis Shen, Harvard Medical School


Break / 30 minutes


Concurrent / 11:00 am–12:00 PM EDT


Drawing What Matters: A Comics Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, participants will use comics to identify and reflect on the neuroethics issues that they find most pressing. The engagement is a means of building relationships in solidarity, and of recognizing historically marginalized voices, forms of expression, and narratives.The workshop will be guided by facilitators with experience in neuroethics, education, the arts, and social justice.


  • Ann Fink, Lehigh University
  • Gillian Hue, Emory University
  • Tim Brown, University of Washington


Concurrent / 11:00 AM–12:00 PM EDT


MindMaestroes: A Guided Tour

This session will be a guided exploration of the MindMaestroes interactive audiovisual brain–computer interface installation. Guided by the creators, users will explore audiovisual scene control through various mental strategies, including closing eyes or mental counting. The creators will also discuss the prospects of and potential applications of similar BCI installations.


  • Robert Clarke, University of Bath
  • Christian Curtis, Sononaut


Concurrent / 11:00 AM–12:00 PM EDT


Chat with NIH Leaders


  • Nina Hsu, BRAIN Neuroethics Program, NIH
  • Jay Churchill, BRAIN Neuroethics Program, NIH


Break / 12:00–1:00 PM EDT




Plenary / 1:00–2:40 PM EDT


Research Talks

Authors of top abstract submissions will present their research and answer audience questions. Presenting authors are in bold. Approximate start times for each talk are in parentheses.


  • Risk factors and ethical considerations for developing and commercializing neurotechnologies: Findings from interviews with institutional officials. Tristan McIntosh, Meredith Parsons, Erin Solomon, Maya Skolnik. (1:00 p.m.)

  • The Right to be Recognized? A Neuroethics Case Study on the Risks and Harms of Qualitative Data De-Identification Norms. Erika Versalovic, Asad Beck, Sara Goering, Timothy E. Brown. (1:15 p.m.)

  • Demystifying the Risk of Reidentification in Neuroimaging Data – A Technical and Regulatory Analysis. Anita Jwa, Oluwasanmi Koyejo, Russell Poldrack. (1:25 p.m.)

  • Agency and vulnerability: The dual-aspects of psychedelic-facilitated neuroplasticity.
    Logan Neitzke-Spruill (1:35 p.m.)

  • Neuroethics and trans studies: mapping an overdue overlap. Reina (Roland) Nadler (1:50 p.m.)

  • Neurocorrective Offers and Manipulative Pressure. Sebastian Jon Holmen, Emma Dore-Horgan (2:00 p.m.)

  • Public perceptions of emerging neurotechnologies used to target mood, memory, and motor symptoms. Rémy A. Furrer, Amanda R. Merner, Ian Stevens, Peter Zuk, Theresa Williamson, Francis X. Shen, Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz. (2:10 p.m.)

  • Human supremacy in neuroethical discourse about human-nonhuman neural chimeras.
    L. Syd M Johnson (2:25 p.m.)


Break / 20 minutes


Concurrent / 3:00–4:00 PM EDT


In-Person Poster Presentations

This will be an open presentation and networking time for authors and attendees. See the presentation formats page for details and instructions.


Virtual Poster Presentations

Virtual participants will present their research in the Gather poster halls. See the presentation formats page for details and instructions.


Plenary / 4:00–5:00 PM EDT


Awards and Recognitions

We will recognize members of our community making significant life-long contributions to the field and authors of some of the best scholarship and top presentations at the meeting.


  • Society award recipients
  • Essay contest authors
  • Poster presenters


Performance / 6:00 pm EDT


Eli Pousson photo of Parkway Theater, built 1915, 5 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD

The Thursday evening performance and discussion will be held at the Parkway Theater, located at 5 W North Ave. A separate registration is required to attend this free public event.


Parkway Theater, 5 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201


Music, Movement and Healing: Ethical Considerations in Embodied Experience


Incorporating musical and dance performance, dialogue, and participatory creative activity, this presentation will explore the ways in which both beholding and participating in music-making and dancing can release sensations and emotions. While music and dance have the power to heal, they also have the power to harm. How can they be introduced into the medical environment safely, and what ethical issues arise when we do so?


  • Kerry Devlin, MMT, LPMT, MT-BC, Senior Music Therapist, The Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine
  • Sarah Hoover, DMA, Associate Dean for Innovation in Arts and Health, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
  • Asya Shaw, MS, R-DMT, Early Childhood Dance Program Coordinator, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University


There will be no virtual broadcast of the performance.



Friday, April 19


The Belvedere · 1 East Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21202



Plenary / 9:00-10:30 am EDT


Neurorights Debate


  • Sjors Ligthart, Tilburg University
  • Abel Wajnerman Paz, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • Diego Borbón, Universidad Externado de Colombia
  • Laura Cabrera, Pennsylvania State University
  • Marcello Ienca, Technical University of Munich (moderator)


Break / 30 minutes


Plenary / 11:00 am–12:00pm EDT


Stigma and the Brain Disease Model of Chronic Pain – Helping or Hurting?

This session will explore the neuroethical implications of brain disease explanations of chronic pain on stigma. Panelists’ presentations aim to shed light on the complexities of neuroessentialist explanations of chronic pain and explore potential avenues for improving interventions in pain management to reduce rather than entrench stigma for people living with chronic pain.


  • Daniel Buchman, University of Toronto (moderator)
  • David Seminowicz, University of Western Ontario
  • Iris Coates McCall, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Emeralda Burke, Unity Health Toronto
  • Jada Wiggleton-Little, Cleveland Clinic


Plenary / 12:00 pm EDT


Closing remarks


Adjourn / 12:30 pm EDT