The International Neuroethics Society

Who are we?

We are an interdisciplinary group of scholars, scientists, clinicians and other professionals who share an interest in the social, legal, ethical and policy implications of advances in neuroscience. The late 20th century saw unprecedented progress in the basic sciences of mind and brain and in the treatment of psychiatric and neurologic disorders. Now, in the 21st century, 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.

Our 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.


The decision to start a Neuroethics Society came out of a small meeting held in Asilomar, California in May of 2006. Up until that time, people interested in neuroethics interacted through the occasional meeting or conference symposium, but did not participate in any larger scale or more permanent organization. The Asilomar attendees decided that such an organization was needed to promote the kind of sustained interaction, learning and critical discussion that will strengthen our field. We also felt it would help draw new people into neuroethics, a critical next step for continued progress in the field. In October of 2010 we aligned with the International Neuroethics Network (INN). In February 2011 our name was changed to the International Neuroethics Society.



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