Please join us for two virtual NIH BRAIN Initiative meetings on Monday, August 28 and Tuesday, August 29. Videocast will be available for the open meeting sessions.
Neuroethics Working Group Meeting – Monday, August 28, 2023
On Monday, the Neuroethics Working Group (NEWG) will hold its sixteenth meeting. First, Dr. John Ngai, NIH BRAIN Initiative Director, will provide an update on the current state of the BRAIN Initiative. Then, Dr. James Churchill, Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and BRAIN Team N Co-Lead, will provide an update on the BRAIN Neuroethics portfolio. Dr. Christine Grady, Chief of the NIH Department of Bioethics and NEWG Co-Chair, and Dr. Saskia Hendriks, Neuroethics Consultant at the Neuroethics Program of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and faculty member of the Department of Bioethics at the NIH Clinical Center, will provide a recap, with an eye towards developing draft points-to-consider from last month’s NEWG Workshop on Ethics of Sharing Individual Level Human Brain Data Collected in Biomedical Research. The meeting will also feature a panel discussion on disclosure and participant control for sharing individual-level human brain data, including speakers Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado (Yale School of Medicine) and Dr. Amy McGuire (Baylor College of Medicine). Finally, NEWG members will give roundtable updates. Please see the meeting agenda(pdf, 117 KB) for more information.
Multi-Council Working Group Meeting – Tuesday, August 29, 2023
On Tuesday, the Multi-Council Working Group (MCWG) will hold its twenty-sixth meeting to discuss the current state of BRAIN. Dr. John Ngai will provide the group with updates along with the newest BRAIN-funded research. Then, Dr. Christine Grady will provide a NEWG update. Dr. Floh Thiels, Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), will provide an NSF update. The meeting will also feature a new concept presentation on transformative discovery to resolve the heterogeneity of brain cells through non-invasive imaging by Dr. Shumin Wang, Program Director at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The goal of the proposed initiative is to expand upon BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Network (BICCN) and BRAIN Initiative Cell Atlas Network (BICAN) efforts and translate the identification and localization of different brain cells into an in-vivo, non-invasive process. Please see the meeting agenda(pdf, 84 KB) for more information.
Meeting summaries and archived videocasts will be made available in the near future.