International Neuroethics Society

Discussion participants at the 2016 INS Annual Meeting

We are a group of scholars, scientists, clinicians and other professionals who share an interest in the social, legal, ethical and policy implications of advances in neuroscience.

In recent years we have seen unprecedented progress in the basic sciences of mind and brain and in the treatment of psychiatric and neurologic disorders. Now, neuroscience plays an expanding role in human life beyond the research lab and clinic. In classrooms, courtrooms, offices and homes around the world, neuroscience is giving us powerful new tools for achieving our goals and prompting a new understanding of ourselves as social, moral and spiritual beings.

Mission

The mission of the International Neuroethics Society is to encourage and inspire research and dialogue on the responsible use of advances in brain science.

To accomplish our mission we:

  • Exchange knowledge among scientists, ethicists, medical professionals, lawyers and judges, educators, policy makers and other stakeholders
  • Forge connections and collaborations across scientific disciplines, business sectors, government agencies and non-government institutions
  • Enable education, training and mentoring opportunities to strengthen neuroethics
  • Engage in public forums and discussions with citizens, journalists and experts

Governance

Leadership
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Strategic Plan

History

The decision to start a neuroethics society came out of a small meeting held in Asilomar, California in May 2006. Until that time, people interested in neuroethics only interacted through the occasional meeting or conference symposium. The group decided that an organization was needed to promote sustained interaction, learning and critical discussion that will strengthen our field. We also felt it would help draw new people with a range of expertise into neuroethics, a critical next step for continued progress in the field.

Photo of founders

Society founders in 2006: Turhan Canli, Anjan Chaterjee, Pat Churchland, Martha Farah, Mike Gazzaniga, Hank Greely, Judy Illes, Steve Hyman (not pictured), Allyson Mackey, Elizabeth Phelps, Barbara Sahakian, Paul Wolpe, and Laurie Zoloth