Neuroethics Events

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Third Meeting of the BRAIN MCWG Neuroethics Division
February 14, Bethesda, MD, United States
A videocast of the proceedings will be available.

Ethics Engagement in a Neural Engineering Lab: Brain-computer and scientist-ethicist interfaces
February 16, Boston, MA
How can we bring scientists and ethicists together in a way that works for both? Laura Specker Sullivan, University of Washington & University of British Columbia, will talk about her experience as an ethicist "embedded" in a research lab.

28th ANPA Annual Meeting
March 8-11, Atlanta, GA, United States

3rd International Conference on Neuroethics (ICONE3)
March 10, Porto, Portugal
The conference intends to open the debate among neuroscience and neuroethics, find ethical convergences concerning values and principles and a methodology for cooperation in the future. (Conferência Internacional sobre Neuroética pretende abrir o debate entre as neurociências e a neuroética; encontrar convergências éticas relativas aos valores e princípios e uma metodologia para a cooperação no futuro.) 

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The 22nd annual observance of Brain Awareness Week will be March 13-19, 2017. Coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, the campaign aims to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Several INS members will be participating with the following activities.

Sex, Lies and Brain Scans: Can Scans Reveal What Goes on in Our Minds?
March 13 (7:30–9:00 PM), Cambridge, United Kingdom
Studies using functional MRI (fMRI) enable us to ‘read minds’ and detect conscious brain activity in patients who are thought to be in a persistent vegetative state. As our ability to read thoughts improves, what are the ethical issues? Barbara Sahakian, John Pickard, Molly Crockett, and Dr. Julia Gottwald will discuss what brain scans tell us, what they may tell us in the future, and what impact fMRI may have on society. This event is organized as part of the the Cambridge Science Festival 2017, March 13-26.

Ethical Challenges from Emerging Neurotechnology: Humans and Intelligent Devices in Interaction
March 13 (12:15–1:45 PM), Basel, Switzerland
With the unprecedented progress in the basic sciences of mind and brain and in the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders, comes an expanding role of neuroscience and neurotechnology in our society. These advancements also raise novel ethical challenges. This talk by Philipp Kellmeyer, University Medical Center Freiburg (Universitätsklinikum Freiburg), is organized as part of the University of Basel's Contemporary Debates in Neuroethics series.

The lights are off; is anyone home? The ethics of hidden consciousness
March 14 (5:30–7:00 PM), Vancouver, BC, Canada
Thomas I. Cochrane, Director of Neuroethics at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, will give the 2017 Dana Foundation Brain Awareness Week Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture at the National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia. The event is chaired by INS President Judy Illes. Tickets are required for this free public event.

If you or your institution will be organizing an event, discussion or debate during Brain Awareness Week, March 13-19, 2017, please let us know by completing the news / event form and we will share with our international members and neuroethics leaders.

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The INS is participating in the British Neuroscience Association's BNA2017 Festival of Neuroscience to be held April 10-13 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Nick Davis, Manchester Metropolitan University, will give a public talk titled "Using brain science to boost behaviour" on April 11 (10:00–11:45am) at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.

Sir Colin Blakemore, University of London, and Irene Tracey, University of Oxford, will lead a discussion forum on "Brain research, ethics, policy and society" on April 13 (10:40–11:40am) at the ICC Birmingham.

Review the program and public program for more information about featured themes, speakers and topics.

The Neural Basis of Political Behavior Workshop
May 3-6, Siena, Italy

IX Edition of the International Scientific Conference on Neuroethics and Fourth Conference of the Italian Society for Neuroethics
May 17-19, Padua, Italy
Abstracts of 300 words or less, written in Italian or English, must be received by April 6 through the online system. Call for papers

Neuroethics Network
June 19-21, Paris, France

International Bioethics Retreat
June 26-28, Paris, France

Seventh Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education
July 3-5, Paris, France

2017 Annual Meeting of the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program
July 12-14, Bethesda, MD, United States
The meeting provides an opportunity to hear from experts at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, participate in technical workshops, and network with local members and community leaders. More information to be announced later this Spring.


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