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FENS Affiliate – We are excited to announce that INS has become an Affiliate Member of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), increasing our international profile. With 43 neuroscience member societies across 33 European countries, FENS represents 24,000 European neuroscientists with a mission to advance neuroscience education and research.

Annual Meeting – In addition to the excellent speakers we're lining up for the featured panel discussions for the 2017 INS Annual Meeting, the following individuals will each give a 30- or 45-minute talk on topics to be announced.

  • Rémi Quirion, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Canada
  • Arthur Caplan, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York
  • Karola Kreitmair, Stanford University, California
  • Patricia Churchland, University of California, San Diego, Emeritus

Festival of Neuroscience – The INS was pleased to participate in the British Neuroscience Association's Festival of Neuroscience held in Birmingham, UK, April 10-13. The Festival attracted around 1400 neuroscientists to an academic conference and also hosted a programme of public events.

In a public talk titled “Using Brain Science to Boost Behavior,” Dr. Nick Davis of the Manchester Metropolitan University described the different techniques neuroscientists use to understand how the brain is involved in the ways we act, think, feel and imagine. He showed a range of exciting new technologies that allow us to change brain activity, help people with brain disorders, and boost the functions of the brain, possibly giving people an advantage over their peers and raising questions of fairness and equity.

Neuroscience delegates were invited to a discussion forum on "Brain Research – ethics, policy and society." Sir Colin Blakemore, University of London and Irene Tracey, University of Oxford joined Elaine Snell, Chief Operating Officer of the INS (pictured below). A mere glance at daily news headlines reveals that the world outside the lab is fascinated by how the brain works and how advances in neuroscience influence society in spheres relating to law, education, and policy. Neuroscientists, therefore, have a responsibility to discuss their research and consider the social and ethical consequences.

Image of Blakemore, Tracey and Snell at the BNA Festival

Call for Abstracts and Essays -- We've released our call for abstracts and call for essays for the 2017 INS Annual Meeting to be held November 9-10 in Washington, DC. Be sure to review the full announcements online and distribute to your colleagues, students, and through your professional networks. Many thanks for helping us spread the word!


IRCM Position -- The Neuroethics Research Unit of the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) is now seeking applications for visiting scholars in neuroethics. This program aims to provide early-career and established researchers from any disciplinary background with the opportunity to engage in neuroethics research within a dynamic environment. Applicants will submit proposals for a research project to be completed during a one- to two-month stay at the Neuroethics Research Unit of the IRCM in Montréal, Canada. All visiting scholars must be able to work on their research with minimal supervision and priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate an interest in building a collaborative project with members of the department. Deadline for application submissions is June 16.


Camilla d'Angelo, George Savulich, and Barbara Sahakian wrote an article titled "Lifestyle use of drugs by healthy people for enhancing cognition, creativity, motivation and pleasure" in the British Journal of Pharmacology, published online April 20. The article explores the safety, ethical, and regulatory concerns of cognitive enhancers used by healthy individuals and the short- and long-term consequences of novel psychoactive substances use. 

Marcello Ienca, University of Basel, and Fabrice Jotterand, Medical College of Wisconsin wrote an article titled "Intelligent Assistive Technology for Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias: A Systematic Review" in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, published February 20. The article presents the results of a systematic review and the resulting comprehensive technology index of intelligent assistive technologies with application in dementia care.

Marcello Ienca, University of Basel and Roberto Andorno, University of Zurich wrote an article titled "Towards new human rights in the age of neuroscience and neurotechnology" in Life Sciences, Society and Policy, published April 26. The article assesses the implications of emerging neurotechnology applications in the context of the human rights framework and identifies four new rights: the right to cognitive liberty, the right to mental privacy, the right to mental integrity, and the right to psychological continuity.

The Neuroethics Research Unit at IRCM has just released its April 15 Vol. 10 No. 7 issue of Brainstorm, a newsletter about ethics, neuroscience, and society.