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

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Videocast will be available for the open sessions of the upcoming NIH BRAIN Initiative Neuroethics Working Group on Monday, August 19, 2019 and the Multi-Council Working Group on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

On Monday, August 19, 2019, the Neuroethics Working Group (NEWG) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative® will be holding its eighth meeting. The NEWG helps ensure that neuroethics is fully integrated into the BRAIN Initiative. The August meeting will feature a presentation from Dr. John Besley (Michigan State University) on strategic science communication and engagement, as well as presentations from BRAIN investigators who are conducting research on the ethical implications of advancements in neurotechnology and neuroscience. Speakers will include Dr. Winston Chiong (UCSF; NEWG Member), Dr. Cynthia Kubu (Cleveland Clinic), Dr. Gabriel Lazaro-Munoz (Baylor College of Medicine), and Dr. Kate MacDuffie (University of Washington).

The open session will begin at approximately 10:30 AM Eastern Time and can be viewed via videocast. For more information, please view the meeting agenda; a meeting summary and archived videocast will be made available later.

The following day, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, the NIH BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group (MCWG) will convene to discuss the current state of the BRAIN Initiative and its future. The group includes representatives from each of the 10 Institutes and Centers that contribute to the NIH BRAIN Initiative (who may also serve as a liaison to an Advisory Council), with additional at-large members appointed to supplement the working group’s expertise. In addition, the working group includes ex officio members from DARPA, FDA, IARPA, and NSF — who comprise NIH’s federal partners involved in the BRAIN Initiative. The August meeting will feature updates on BRAIN Initiative programs at DARPA from Dr. Alfred Emondi and NSF from Dr. Sridhar Raghavachari, as well as presentations from Dr. Bruce Tromberg (Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at NIH), and Dr. Yael Niv (Princeton University; MCWG member). NIH program staff will also provide a portfolio presentation on cell census and cell- and circuit-specific tool efforts.

The open session will take place from approximately 9:00 AM – 1:50 PM Eastern Time and can be viewed via videocast. For more information, please view the meeting agenda; a meeting summary and archived videocast will be made available later.

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