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


Virtual / 12:00–1:30 PM EDT


Virtual Poster Presentations

Virtual participants will present their research in the Gather Poster Halls. The presentation formats page has instructions for submitting posters, slides and videos to be installed. Reference the Presentations page for a list of all posters and talks and the Virtual Participation page for details about using Gather.


Gather »



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



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

This pre-conference in-person event will be held at the Charles Theater, 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


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 12th floor in the Grand Ballroom and Platinum Ballroom.


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



Plenary / 9:00–10:30 am EDT


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 addressed 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


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

In this panel discussion, speakers reflected 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, gave a talk about mentoring.


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Mentoring Activity

Matched mentors and mentees used this time to meet with each other. In-person attendees met in the conference space and virtual participants met in Gather. Everyone not matched was encouraged to mingle and talk with other attendees.



Break / 2:30 PM EDT


Plenary / 3:00–4:00 PM EDT


Research Talks


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

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

  • Risk factors and ethical considerations for developing and commercializing neurotechnologies: Findings from interviews with institutional officials. Tristan McIntosh, Meredith Parsons, Erin Solomon, Maya Skolnik. (3:25 p.m., virtual)
  • To Explant or not to Explant: Deliberations on the Explantation of Neural Devices within Research Ethics Committees. Katherine Bassil, Karin Jongsma. (3:40 p.m., in-person)

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


Watch Talks »



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. In-person presentations will not be broadcast.


Virtual Poster Presentations

Virtual participants will present their research in the Gather Poster Halls. The presentation formats page has instructions for submitting posters, slides and videos to be installed. Reference the Presentations page for a list of all posters and talks and the Virtual Participation page for details about using Gather.


Adjourn / 5:00 PM EDT


Picture of the interior of the Owl Bar

The Owl Bar1 East Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21202


In-Person Networking at Owl Bar

Starting right after the poster session, there will be a networking happy hour from 5-6pm at the Owl Bar, located on the first floor of the conference venue. Light appetizers will be provided and attendees can purchase their own drinks. All are welcome to join. The space will allow for about 25-30 people in our party. Students, trainee, and first-time meeting attendees are especially encouraged to attend.



Picture of the Gather Lounge and bar
Virtual Networking in Gather

Join your colleagues from around the world in the Gather Lounge.


Gather »



Thursday, April 18


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



Plenary / 9:00–10:00 aM EDT


The Challenges of Neuroenhancement: Comparative Legal Perspectives from US, EU, and Japan

This session focused on the progress of neurotechnology in the broadest sense and its potential applications for improving human function in the near future, such as improving performance in athletic, academic, and professional environments. The state of national, regional, and even international laws and regulations will then be discussed from the perspectives of constitutional law, culture, and public policy.


  • Tamami Fukushi (moderator)
  • Masatoshi Kokubo, The University of Tokyo and Keio University Global Research Institute
  • Gary Marchant, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Carla Maria Gulotta, University Milano-Bicocca
  • Keigo Komamura, Keio University
  • Ricardo Chavarriaga, CLAIRE Office Switzerland


Recording »


Plenary / 10:00–10:30 AM EDT


FDA Fireside Chat

This session explored 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, University of Minnesota Law School (moderator)


Recording »


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


This event will not be broadcast to virtual participants.


Concurrent / 11:00 AM–12:00 PM EDT


MindMaestroes: A Neurofeedback Now & Perspectives for the Future

This session will be a guided exploration of the MindMaestroes interactive audiovisual brain–computer interface installation. Guided by the creators, users can generate an audiovisual scene using their neural signals. The creators will also discuss the prospects of and potential applications of similar BCI systems.


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


Concurrent / 11:00 AM–12:00 PM EDT


Demystifying NIH BRAIN Initiative Neuroethics Funding: Opportunities, Guidance, and even a few Answers

In this roundtable discussion, BRAIN Neuroethics Program leads and BRAIN Initiative supported neuroethicists will provide an overview of funding opportunities for supporting neuroethics research across multiple stages of the career development pipeline. Presenters will share their unique experiences across a range of funding mechanisms, discuss BRAIN Initiative scientific priorities and funding processes, and share resources for developing competitive applications.


  • Nina Hsu, BRAIN Neuroethics Program, NIH
  • Jay Churchill, BRAIN Neuroethics Program, NIH
  • Laura Cabrera, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ashley Feinsinger, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
  • Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital


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.


  • "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. (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.)


Watch Talks »


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. In-person presentations will not be broadcast.


Virtual Poster Presentations

Virtual participants will present their research in the Gather Poster Halls. The presentation formats page has instructions for submitting posters, slides and videos to be installed. Reference the Presentations page for a list of all posters and talks and the Virtual Participation page for details about using Gather.


Plenary / 4:00–5:00 PM EDT


Awards and Recognitions

We recognized members of our community making significant life-long contributions to the field and authors of outstanding talks and posters presented at the meeting.


  • Society award recipients
  • Essay contest authors
  • Poster presenters


Performance / 6:00 pm EDT


Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre, 5 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201


Nosremé Quartet performin on stage in spotlight with black backgroun. Image courtesy of Hsin Ching
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, The Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine
  • Sarah Hoover, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
  • Asya Shaw, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Nosremé Quartet musicians (pictured):


  • Pei Wu Derek Chen, violinist
  • Hsiang-Hsin Ching, violist
  • Kuan-Hao Yen, violinist
  • Alex Wu, cellist


Sponsored by:

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Program in the Arts, Humanities, & Health



Friday, April 19 


Plenary / 9:00-10:30 am EDT


Neurorights Debate

Do emerging neurotechnologies raise fundamental new questions that are not addressed by current regulations? Do we need new human rights to address issues raised by emerging neurotechnologies? This session brings together four debaters from diverse geographical locations for an interactive discussion about neurorights and neurotechnology governance.


  • Sjors Ligthart, Utrecht 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)


Recording »


Break / 30 minutes


Plenary / 11:00 am–12:00pm EDT


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

This session explores the neuroethical implications of brain disease explanations of chronic pain on stigma. Panelists’ presentations 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


Recording »


Plenary / 12:00 pm EDT


Closing remarks


Adjourn / 12:30 pm EDT