Upcoming NIH BRAIN Initiative Neuroethics and Multi-Council Working Group Meetings

Please join us for two virtual NIH BRAIN Initiative meetings on Monday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 13. Videocast will be available for the open meeting sessions.

Neuroethics Working Group Meeting—Monday, February 12, 2024

On Monday, the Neuroethics Working Group (NEWG) will hold its seventeenth meeting. First, Dr. John Ngai, NIH BRAIN Initiative Director, will provide an update on the current state of the BRAIN Initiative. Then, there will be two panel discussions. The first panel discussion will explore the ethical considerations around pediatric neurostimulation, featuring speakers Dr. Marty Morrell (Stanford University), Dr. Adam Hartman (National Institutes of Health), Dr. Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby (Baylor College of Medicine), and Dr. Ben Wilfond (Seattle Children’s Hospital). The second panel discussion will focus on emerging opportunities in neuroethics research, including speakers Dr. Joseph Fins (Weill Cornell Medicine), Dr. Alex Huth (University of Texas Austin), and Dr. Tristan McIntosh (Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis). Finally, NEWG members will give roundtable updates.

The NEWG meeting will take place from 12:00 PM – 4:50 PM ET. Please join us via NIH Videocast. For more details, please visit the NEWG webpage.

Multi-Council Working Group Meeting—Tuesday, February 13, 2024

On Tuesday, the Multi-Council Working Group (MCWG) will hold its twenty-seventh meeting to discuss the current state of the BRAIN Initiative. First, Dr. Nita Farahany (Duke University), Co-Chair of the NEWG, will provide NEWG updates and a debrief from their meeting. Then, Dr. John Ngai will provide the latest information on NIH BRAIN, including new MCWG members, the budget, funding opportunities and initiatives, and the newest BRAIN-funded research. Dr. Alyssa Picchini Schaffer, Vice President and Senior Scientist at the Simons Foundation, will provide an overview of the Simons Foundation’s current neuroscience portfolio of work, such as their support of computational scientists through the Flatiron Institute, launch of their new publication – The Transmitter, and opportunities from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI).

The open session of the MCWG meeting will take place from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET. We invite you to tune in via NIH Videocast. For more details, please visit the MCWG webpage.

Meeting summaries and archived videocasts will be made available in the near future.

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