Publications & Organizations

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AJOB Neuroscience

The American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB) Neuroscience is the official journal of the INS. Members are eligible to receive a discounted price to the online and print subscription. The journal provides a comprehensive resource for scholars, practitioners, and others interested in ethics and the brain sciences. We interpret the scope of the field broadly, and seek wide-ranging contributions exploring the clinical, ethical, social and legal dimensions of neuroscience.


BioSocieties is committed to the scholarly exploration of the crucial social, ethical and policy implications of developments in the life sciences and biomedicine. It provides a crucial forum where the most rigorous social research and critical analysis of these issues can intersect with the work of leading scientists, social researchers, clinicians, regulators and other stakeholders. BioSocieties defines the key intellectual issues at the science-society interface, and offers pathways to the resolution of the critical local, national and global socio-political challenges that arise from scientific and biomedical advances.

Journal Website A Palgrave MacMillan publication

The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience investigates brain–behavior interaction and promotes lively interchange among the mind sciences. Contributions address both descriptions of function and underlying brain events and reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the field, covering developments in neuroscience, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, neurobiology, linguistics, computer science, and philosophy. JOCN is an online-only publication.

Journal WebsiteAn MIT Press journal


Neuroethics is a forum for interdisciplinary studies in neuroethics and related issues in the sciences of the mind. The focus is on ethical issues posed by new technologies developed via neuroscience, such as psycho-pharmaceuticals and other ways of intervening in the mind; the practice of neuroscience itself, including problems posed by incidental findings in imaging work on research subjects; regulation of neuroscientific technologies, and ways in which the sciences of the mind illuminate traditional moral and philosophical problems, such as the nature of free will and moral responsibility, self-deception, weakness of the will and the nature of personhood.

Journal WebsiteA Springer publication

Journal of Ethics in Mental Health

The Journal of Ethics in Mental Health is an international, peer-reviewed, web-based journal, available free on-line worldwide. The journal aims at providing a useful forum for sharing ideas and experiences among all who are committed to improving ethical standards, behaviours, and choices in mental health care giving.

Journal WebsiteIn association with The Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and McMaster University (Canada)


The Neuroethics Blog

The Neuroethics Blog is the official blog of the INS and of AJOB Neuroscience. Topics in neuroethics fall at the intersection of neuroscience, ethics, and society, exploring the questions that arise as innovations in neuroscience challenge notions about free will, autonomy, the nature of disease, the mind, and what it means to be human. The Neuroethics Blog serves as an interactive discussion and critique of these issues.

The Law and Neuroscience Blog

The Law and Neuroscience Blog provides an online forum where the members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience can share their ideas and interact with not only other researchers but also with the interested public more generally. One of the main goals of the blog is to provide a resource with information about cutting edge research at the cross-roads of neuroscience, law, and philosophy. Blog website »


The Mosaic Blog provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Mosaic Project. It's our way of sharing what the project is about, what we're doing, the stories we're working on and how we're learning as we go along. It's all part of our open editorial ethos. Blog website »

Neuroanthropology PLoS Blog

Neuroanthropology examines the integration, as well as the breadth, of anthropology and neuroscience. Sometimes we do straight neuroscience, other times pure anthropology. The blog thrives on intersections and convergences, aiming to mesh the insights of neuroscience and anthropology into a more cohesive whole. Blog website »


Neurophilosophy is a weblog about molecules, mind and everything in between, which has been hosted by the Guardian since August 2011. Blog website »

Neuroethics Women Leaders

The NEW Leaders blog aims to act as a living document reflecting the scholarly work and progress in the field of neuroethics by its NEW Leaders and also serves as a resource for professional development and networking. While neuroethics is a vibrant, rapidly progressing field, neuroethics is still a burgeoning field. Scholars seeking careers in neuroethics will have to be creative not only in their scholarship, but also need to be prepared to assume very active roles in their professional development and networking abilities. Blog website »

Practical Ethics

Practical Ethics is a blog where you can find daily ethical analysis of news events from researchers in four centres based at the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford. We focus on current events with practical ethical relevance, including developments in science and technology, environmental policy, public health, and information ethics. Blog website »

Mind the Gap

Penn's Center for Neuroscience & Society is an interdisciplinary hub of research and educational programs addressing the ethical, legal and social implications of neuroscience. In other words, it's a place where accomplished researchers step back from their fMRI machines, data sets and computer models to ask: What does all this mean for everyone else? There are some fascinating questions out there, and equally fascinating attempts to answer them can be found in Mind the Gap blog. The point of this blog is to add to the discussion with weekly updates on CNS events, in-depth looks at relevant research, and article recommendations for anyone who wants to know more about the way brain science is (or could be) changing our lives. Blog website »

Organizations & Programs

Neurotechnology Industry Organization

The Neurotechnology Industry Organization is first and only trade group that advocates on behalf of companies involved neurotechnology.  Neurotechnology is used to understand and influence the brain and nervous system for the purposes of improving health, education, and information technology. Since 2006, over 100 organizations have joined us in our mission to accelerate neurotechnology research, development and commercialization, including neuroscience companies, brain research institutes, and patient advocacy groups across the spectrum of neurological disease, psychiatric illnesses and nervous system injuries. NIO is a non-profit trade association that is focused on lifting the burden of brain disease and accelerating the economic benefits from advancing neuroscience which is a unique challenge that can only be met by fostering a dedicated commercial neuroscience ecosystem.

NIO's programs advocate the industry’s position to regulators and elected officials, inform the media about industry’s progress and contributions to quality of life, provide industry events and business development services to the industry, foster leadership positions that drive innovation forward. Organization website »

AAAS's Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion

Building on the American Association for the Advancement of Science's long-standing commitment to relate scientific knowledge and technological development to the purposes and concerns of society at large, the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) facilitates communication between scientific and religious communities. Program website »

National Core for Neuroethics

The University of British Columbia's National Core for Neuroethics 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. Program website »

Neuroethics Research Unit -- The Neuroethics Research Unit at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal 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.

Emory Neuroethics Program

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. Program website »

Georgetown Center for Clinical Bioethics

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. Center website »

Penn Center for Neuroscience & Society

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. Center website »

Oxford Centre for Neuroethics

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. Center website »

Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

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. Center website »

British Neuroscience Association

The British Neuroscience Association is the largest UK organisation representing all aspects of neuroscience from ion channels to whole animal behaviour to neuroscience applications in the clinic. Association website »

Johns Hopkins Program in Ethics and Brain Sciences

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. Program website »

Society for Neuroscience

The Society for Neuroscience is the world's largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1969, now has nearly 40,000 members in more than 90 countries and 130 chapters worldwide. Association website »

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

Vanderbilt University, headquarters of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, is a leading institution for the study of law and neuroscience. Whether enrolled in law, neuroscience, psychology, or the nation's first joint JD/PhD program in Law & Neuroscience, students at Vanderbilt have access to unparalleled opportunities at the law/neuroscience intersection. Program website »

Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences

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. Program website »

Wisconsin Neuroscience and Public Policy Program

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. Program website »

Dalhousie Department of Bioethics

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. Department website »

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is an advisory panel of the nation's leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering. The Bioethics Commission advises the President on bioethical issues arising from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The Bioethics Commission seeks to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in a socially and ethically responsible manner. Commission website »

Macquarie Center for Agency, Values and Ethics

The Macquarie University's Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics provides a platform for interaction and collaboration between researchers in philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, law, medicine, applied ethics and bioethics. A distinctive feature is its focus upon the philosophical, ethical and legal issues raised by the cognitive neurosciences. Centre website »

Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics

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. Program website »

Johannes Gutenberg Focus Program Translational Neurosciences

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. Program website »

Coursera Neuroethics Course

The Coursera Neuroethics course examines the ethical, legal and social issues raised by neuroscience. Topics will include the implications of new knowledge of the brain for our understanding of selfhood, for the meaning of privacy, for the distinction between therapy and enhancement, and for national security. Course website »

The Dana Foundation

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs—including a focus on neuroethics. Foundation website »

Initiative on Neuroscience and Law

The Initiative on Neuroscience and Law brings together neuroscientists, legal scholars, programmers, ethicists, judges, and policy makers with the goal of constructing a cost-effective legal system with higher utility and lower cost. From the vantage point of science, we are developing new technologies that can directly intersect with the criminal justice system in a novel way. Program website »

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies is a nonprofit think tank which promotes ideas about how technological progress can increase freedom, happiness, and human flourishing in democratic societies. Institute website »

Canadian Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction supports research to enhance mental health, neurological health, vision, hearing, and cognitive functioning and to reduce the burden of related disorders through prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation. Program website »

Tübingen International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities

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. Centre website »


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