Jun 15, 2021

Time:

Location: Virtual

By: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

June 15th through 17th: The 2021 BRAIN Initiative® Investigators Meeting will virtually convene BRAIN Initiative awardees, staff, and leadership from the contributing federal agencies (NIH, NSF, DARPA, IARPA, and FDA), plus representatives and investigators from participating non-federal organizations, and members of the media, public, and Congress. The purpose of this open meeting is to provide a forum for sharing exciting scientific developments and potential new directions and identifying areas for collaboration and research coordination. To learn more and register, please visit: https://www.brainmeeting2021.com/.

By: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Perspectives on the complexities of improving neuroethics engagement among writers, neuroethicists, and scientists in academia and industry: Neuroethics – a growing field that studies the ethical, legal, and societal implications of neuroscience – is an essential partner to neuroscience. It can serve to anticipate and address ethical questions raised in and by research, and flourishes with active collaboration and integration with neuroscience. The goal of this session is to hold a meaningful discussion on promoting neuroethics engagement in neuroscience from interdisciplinary perspectives. This interactive session is part of the 2021 BRAIN Initiative Investigators meeting (although outside of formal programming), and will feature an introduction on neuroethics engagement by Dr. Kafui Dzirasa from Duke University. Attendees will then each be assigned to interdisciplinary small-group discussions. These rooms will be divided into 3 areas of focus based on the moderator’s area of expertise: neuroethicists, science communication experts, and neuroscientists from academia and industry. Finally, the groups will reconvene and report-out key takeaways from their small-group discussions. This session will run from 12:30-2pm ET on June 14th, 2021. Registration will be capped at 60 attendees, and pre-registration is required for this session by Thursday, June 10th at 2pm ET. Anyone interested in the topic of neuroethics is invited to attend, and all career stages are welcome. All attendees of this session will also need to be registered for the official 2021 BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting, for more information please visit www.brainmeeting2021.com.

Jun 15, 2021

Time: 10:00am ET

Location: Virtual

By: IEEE Brain

Click on the "Learn More" link to register! Speaker: Julie Grollier, CNRS/Thales lab, Palaiseau, France. Abstract: In this talk, I aim to show that the dynamical properties of emerging nanodevices can accelerate the development of smart, and environmentally friendly chips that inherently learn through their physics. The goal of neuromorphic computing is to draw inspiration from the architecture of the brain to build low-power circuits for artificial intelligence. I will first give a brief overview of the state of the art of neuromorphic computing, highlighting the opportunities offered by emerging nanodevices in this field, and the associated challenges. I will then show that the intrinsic dynamical properties of these nanodevices can be exploited at the device and algorithmic level to assemble systems that infer and learn though their physics. I will illustrate these possibilities with examples from our work on spintronic neural networks that communicate and compute through their microwave oscillations, and on an algorithm called Equilibrium Propagation that minimizes both the error and energy of a dynamical system.

By: International Neuroethics Society

The Emerging Issues Task Force of the International Neuroethics Society is holding a 1-hour virtual panel discussion on environmental neuroethics. The panel will explore the ethical and social implications raised by environmental exposures to brain and mental health, and the potential for this approach to highlight underrepresented issues in current neuroethics scholarship. Register in advance to attend this virtual event.

Jun 29, 2021 -
Jun 30, 2021

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm ET

Location: Virtual

By: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The goal of this NIH BRAIN Initiative workshop is to bring together cross-disciplinary investigators to discuss the potential for human translation of next-generation circuit therapies for disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). The focus will be on the use of innovative and novel tools, which includes optogenetics, chemogenetics, and gene editing, as well as cutting-edge approaches to neuromodulation. Sessions will discuss existing approaches to circuit manipulation, advances in gene therapy approaches, and how they may inform future CNS circuit therapies. Of particular importance will be the highlighting of CNS translational hurdles and the translational environment. Individuals from a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds are invited to attend. These include stakeholders in academic research and industry; clinicians; representatives from scientific societies, funding bodies, and advocacy organizations; and interested members of the public.

By: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The BRAIN Neuroethics Working Group (NEWG) is a group of experts in neuroethics and neuroscience that serves to provide the NIH BRAIN Initiative with input relating to neuroethics. The twelfth meeting of the NEWG will be on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Videocast will be available for live viewing and later archived.

By: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group, which works to ensure a coordinated and focused effort on BRAIN across NIH, will hold a meeting on Friday, August 20th, 2021. Videocast will be available for live viewing and later archived.

Nov 04, 2021 -
Nov 05, 2021

Location: Virtual

By: International Neuroethics Society

The INS annual meeting brings together diverse global perspectives and voices from academia, industry, health care, regulators, law experts, and people with lived experience that are needed to tackle global challenges at the intersection of ethics, law, philosophy and neuroscience. This year's event will focus on the theme: ‘Social Justice at the Center: Shaping the Future of Neuroethics.’ Register in advance to attend this online conference.