Organizations and Programs

With the help of our members, INS maintains this list of organizations and programs focused on neuroethics.

Links to external parties are provided as a courtesy and are not an endorsement of products or services.



Johannes Gutenberg Focus Program Translational Neurosciences

Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Mainz, Germany

The Focus Program Translational Neurosciences is a network of scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University working in the field of biomedical research. Research group leaders from basic and clinical research work together on an interdisciplinary basis.

Oxford Centre for Neuroethics

University of Oxford
Oxford, UK, United States

The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics aims to address concerns about the effects neuroscience and neurotechnologies will have on various aspects of human life. Its research focuses on five key areas: cognitive enhancement; borderline consciousness and severe neurological impairment; free will, responsibility and addiction; the neuroscience of morality and decision making; applied neuroethics.

Tübingen International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities

University of Tübingen
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz, Tübingen, Germany

The University of Tübingen's International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities is an interdisciplinary research centre that explores ethical problems arising from the sciences and humanities. The centre aims to conduct research in cooperation with scholars of different disciplines and promotes the advancement of the next generation of researchers in the field of ethics within the sciences and humanities

International Center for Neuroscience and Ethics (CINET)

International Center for Neuroscience and Ethics
Madrid, Spain

CINET is the International Centre for Neuroscience and Ethics created by Fundación Tatiana. It was founded with the goal of fostering interaction between cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology, and ethical questions that it raises. The interaction between the rest of the body, mental activity, and the individual’s social reality must all be explored because knowledge of the brain is inextricably linked to the totality of the human being in which it is found. To acquire this integrated view of the neurological system, interdisciplinary researchers must be trained in the hope of eventually finding a solution.

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Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA, United States

The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE) is a network of scholars elaborating the law, policy and ethics of freedom of thought. Their mission is to develop social policies that will preserve and enhance freedom of thought into the 21st century.

Johns Hopkins Program in Ethics and Brain Sciences

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, United States

The goal of Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics' Program in Ethics and Brain Sciences is to ensure that research in brain science proceeds with an informed and sophisticated understanding of attendant ethical and social issues, and that philosophical and empirical analysis of the advances in brain research proceeds with an informed and sophisticated understanding of the science.

Wisconsin Neuroscience and Public Policy Program

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison, WI, United States

The University of Wisconsin-Madison established an integrated double degree program in Neuroscience and Public Policy Program addresses an unfortunate truth: that science policy and the law in the United States and elsewhere is frequently made by individuals who have little or no training in science, and, therefore, rely on scientists and engineers for advice, most of whom have little or no understanding of how public policy or the law is made.

Neuroethics Canada

University of British Columbia / BC Women’s / Children’s Hospital
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The University of British Columbia's Neuroethics Canada program is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to tackling the ethical, legal, policy and social implications of frontier technological developments in the neurosciences. Our objective is to align innovations in the brain sciences with societal, cultural and individual human values through high impact research, education and outreach.

Penn Center for Neuroscience & Society

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Center for Neuroscience & Society is a group of faculty and students from departments spanning the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Law, and Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, whose work addresses the ethical, legal and social implications of neuroscience.

Emory Neuroethics Program

Emory University
Atlanta, GA, United States

The Neuroethics Program at Emory University is an interdisciplinary, inter-departmental group of scholars interested in the intersection of neuroscience, ethics, and society. The Program aims to become a center of excellence that informs responsible applications of neuroscience in research, the clinic, and society as well as engages and activates our community in neuroethics discourse.

Neuroscience and the Law Graduate Program at Michigan State University

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, United States

Designed for students and working professionals, the Neuroscience and Law online graduate certificate provides the scientific knowledge necessary to understand how neuroscience can be applied to the field of criminal justice. Included in the curriculum are neuroscience principles, methods, ethics, enhancement, substance use and behavioral disorders. Seminars by professionals survey the ethical, legal, and social implications of neuroscientific research, in addition to the experiences they have had with neurotechnology in their respective fields.

Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA, United States

The Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics was launched to ensure that values and ethics are always part of medical training, laboratory and clinical research, and professional education. The Center is designed as a platform for integrating ethics and scientific discovery more closely than ever before, generating new forms of collaboration among students, bench scientists, clinical researchers, clinicians, practicing bioethicists, academic philosophers, historians of medicine, humanities scholars and others able to bring their disciplinary perspectives to bear on the ethical challenges posed by present and future biomedical advances.

Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

Stanford University
Stanford, CA, United States

The Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics is dedicated to the interdisciplinary research and education in biomedical experts, and provides clinical and ressearch ethics consultation. They serve as a scholarly resource on emerging ethical issues raised by medicine and biomedical research.

Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences

Stanford University
Stanford, CA, United States

Stanford University's Center for Law and the Biosciences, directed by Professor Hank Greely, examines biotech discoveries in the context of the law, weighing their impact on society and the law's role in shaping that impact. The Center is part of the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology.

Georgetown Center for Clinical Bioethics

Georgetown University
Washington, DC, United States

The Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics (PCCB) at Georgetown University Medical Center was established over two decades ago in order to create a center of excellence, filling a unique need for bioethics that is directly oriented towards clinical medicine and strongly rooted in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition.

Dalhousie Department of Bioethics

Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Department of Bioethics is an academic department at Dalhousie Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our primary focus is on advancing ethics in and of health care practice.

Montreal Clinical Research Institute

Montreal Clinical Research Institute
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Neuroethics Research Unit at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) pursues research to address the spectrum of challenges in neurological and psychiatric care such as providing quality patient information, diminishing stigma, and promoting respectful healthcare services. Their research program aims at bridging these various challenges to identify practical solutions. Research activities are funded by grants, scholarships, fellowships, and private foundations. They cover a broad and evolving range of ethical and social issues associated with research, healthcare, public services and public policy as well as foundational issues in neuroethics. Several other studies have also expanded the scope of the Unit beyond the context of neuroscience and clinical neurology and psychiatry.



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