Board of Directors

The INS Board consists of 15 members, who serve 3-year terms, with five seats up for nomination each year. Board candidates are selected by the Nominating Committee following nominations from the membership with final decisions made by the current Board. Terms end and begin at the conclusion of the business meeting at the annual meeting.

The newest slate of incoming board members will take office during the 2019 annual meeting. The appointments were announced in a letter to the membership from Joseph J. Fins, Nominating Committee chair. 

Officers and Members

President (2017–2019)

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Hank Greely

Stanford University

Hank Greely is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Professor by courtesy, of Genetics at Stanford University. He specializes in ethical, legal and social issues arising from advances in the biosciences, particularly from neuroscience, genetics and human stem cell research. Greely directs the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences and the program on Neuroscience in Society.

President Elect (2018–2019)

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Nita Farahany

Duke Law School
Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Nita Farahany, JD, PhD is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies. She is the Founding Director of Duke Science & Society, the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, and a Professor of Law & Philosophy. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.


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Ilina Singh

University of Oxford

Ilina Singh, MA EdD, is Professor of Neuroscience and Society at the University of Oxford, where she holds a joint appointment between the Department of Psychiatry and the Faculty of Philosophy (Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics). Her work examines the psychosocial and ethical implications of advances in biomedicine and neuroscience for young people and families.

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Jennifer Chandler

University of Ottawa

Jennifer Chandler studies the legal and ethical aspects of biomedical science and technology, with focuses on mental health law, law and neuroscience and neuroethics. She is the co-editor of the recent book Law and Mind: Mental Health Law and Policy in Canada (2016) and holds the Bertram Loeb Research Chair in the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa.

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Moheb Costandi

Neuroscience Writer

Moheb Costandi is a molecular and developmental neurobiologist turned freelance science writer based in London. He writes news stories and feature articles for print and the web, and is the author of the Neurophilosophy blog, hosted by the Guardian. Costandi is also the author of 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know (Quercus, 2013) and Neuroplasticity, (MIT Press, 2016).

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Joseph J. Fins

Weill Cornell Medical College

Joseph J. Fins, MD MACP is The E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College. Fins is a Past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and former Governor of the American College of Physicians.

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Steven Hyman

Harvard University
Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT

Steven E. Hyman, MD, is director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute and the Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. He previously served as director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (1996-2001) and as Harvard University Provost (2001-2011). Hyman was the founding president of the International Neuroethics Society (2008–2014) and served as president of the Society for Neuroscience (2015).

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Judy Illes

University of British Columbia

Judy Illes is Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia. She is Director of UBC's National Core for Neuroethics and a faculty member in the Brain Research Centre and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Dr. Illes conducts research at the intersection of biomedical ethics and the neurosciences, including the integration of cross-cultural perspectives on brain health and well-being, and advises on major policy issues. She served as INS President from 2016 to 2017.

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Thomas R. Insel

Mindstrong Health

Thomas R. Insel, MD, is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist focused on improving mental health through rigorous, measurement-base care as co-founder and President of Mindstrong. He is also known for his research on oxytocin and vasopressin. He served as director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health from 2002-2015 and was founding director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience in Atlanta.

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Debra JH Mathews

Johns Hopkins University

Debra JH Mathews, PhD MA, is the Assistant Director for Science Programs at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, in the School of Medicine. Mathews's academic work focuses on ethics and policy issues raised by emerging biotechnologies, with particular focus on genetics, stem cell science, and neuroscience.

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Helen Mayberg

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Helen Mayberg, MD is Director of the Center of Advanced Circuit Therapeutics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Professor of Neurotherapeutics. Her research has characterized neural systems mediating major depression and its recovery, defined brain-based illness subtypes to optimize treatment selection, and introduced the first use of deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant patients.

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Karen S. Rommelfanger

Emory University

Dr. Karen S. Rommelfanger is the Neuroethics Program Director at Emory University’s Center for Ethics, and Senior Associate Editor at the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. She is dedicated to cross-cultural work in neuroethics and explores how neurotechnologies influence the process of medicalization. She co-chairs the Neuroethics Workgroup of the International Brain Initiative and is ambassador to the Human Brain Project’s Ethics Advisory Board. She edits The Neuroethics Blog and contributes frequently to popular media.

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Ed Rover

Dana Foundation

Edward F Rover, JD is Chairman and CEO of the Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research and educates the public about brain research. Until 2003, he was a senior partner at White & Case, L.L.P. in New York where he was active in the representation of tax-exempt organizations.

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Barbara Sahakian

Stanford University

Barbara J Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, and Honourary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has an international reputation in the fields of cognitive psychopharmacology, neuroethics, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry and neuroimaging. She served as INS President from 2014 to 2016.

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Paul Root Wolpe

Emory University

Paul Root Wolpe is the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, and the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics. His teaching and publications include death and dying, genetics and eugenics, sexuality and gender, mental health and illness, alternative medicine, and bioethics in extreme environments such as space.

Incoming Members

The following leaders will begin new terms on the Board during the annual meeting in October 2019. Each new member will be starting a 3-year term, except for Martha Farah who will serve the final two years of a vacated appointment. The appointments were announced in a letter to the membership from Joseph J. Fins, chair of the INS Nominating Committee.

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Adrian Carter

Monash University

Adrian Carter is an associate professor at Monash University, a research fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council, and director of community engagement and neuroethics at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia. His research examines the impact of neuroscience on our understanding and treatment of addiction, mental illness, and neurological disorders.

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Martha Farah

University of Pennsylvania

Martha J. Farah, PhD, is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences at the Center for Neuroscience & Society, University of Pennsylvania. She is a cognitive neuroscientist who works on problems at the interface of neuroscience and society. Her recent research has focused on socioeconomic status and brain development. 

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Eric Racine

Montreal Clinical Research Institute

Eric Racine, PhD, is research professor and director of the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) with additional appointments at University of Montreal and McGill University. He is a leading international researcher in bioethics with recognized contributions to the development of neuroethics and pragmatic ethics. Inspired by philosophical pragmatism, his research aims to bring to the forefront the lived experience of ethically problematic situations by patients and stakeholders and then to resolve them collaboratively through deliberative and evidence-informed processes.

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Arleen Salles

Uppsala University

Arleen Salles, PhD, MA, is a senior researcher at the Centre for Research and Bioethics of Uppsala University in Sweden, and director of the Neuroethics Program at the Centro de Investigaciones Filosoficas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her current research interests include the examination and development of conceptual neuroethics, examination of the notion of global neuroethics, privacy and disorders of consciousness, and the impact of neuroscientific findings and emerging neurotechnologies on personal and human identity. 

Representative to the Board

The current chair of the INS Student/Postdoc Committee serves as a representative to the INS Board of Directors and provides reports on the activities of the Committee. The representative does not vote as a Board member.

Student/Postdoc Representative

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Marcello Ienca

ETH Zurich

Marcello Ienca, PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at the Health Ethics & Policy Lab, Department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. His research focuses on the ethics and governance of biomedical data, ethically aligned artificial intelligence and responsible innovation for emerging technologies at the human–machine interface.

Past Presidents

  • Judy Illes (2016–2017)
  • Barbara Sahakian (2014–2016)
  • Steven Hyman (2008–2014)


General inquiries may be directed to staff at by email at [email protected] or phone at +1 301-229-1660.

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Elaine Snell

Chief Operating Officer
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Elaine, based in London, UK, has worked in science communications for many years with universities, learned societies and non-profit organisations, especially in brain research. Elaine was the Chief Executive of the British Neuroscience Association, Public Relations Manager at Wellcome Trust and most recently, Media Relations Manager at the new Francis Crick Institute in London.

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Karen Graham

Executive Director
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Karen's background includes more than a decade on Capitol Hill, public relations in two associations (both non-profit and as a registered lobbyist). Most recently, Karen organized and managed public programs and events, designed educational materials, and promoted ongoing relationships with national health organizations for the Dana Foundation.

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Robert Beets

Communications Director
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Robert Beets is a science communication consultant living in Madison, WI, USA. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Life Sciences Communication department, he has advanced the communication practices of a wide range of organizations working in the fields of health, medicine, agriculture, forestry, education, and neuroscience.

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Ian Stevens

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Ian Stevens is pursuing his dual BS/BA in Biomedical Sciences and Philosophy at Northern Arizona University where he was the President of Heshima Bioethics Society. His research experience includes an Internship at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, and a visiting scholar of the ARC Center for Excellence for Electromaterials in Wollongong, Australia.

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Kimberley Glover

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Kimberley Glover is currently pursuing her master’s degree in bioethics at Wake Forest University. She recently graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science.