NIH ACD Working Group on BRAIN 2.0 Neuroethics Subgroup Workshop


The major objective of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) InitiativeĀ®, announced in April 2013, is to develop new tools and technologies to understand and manipulate networks of cells (e.g. circuits) in the brain. The Advisory Committee of the (NIH) Director (ACD) enthusiastically endorsed BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision as the strategic plan for the NIH BRAIN Initiative. Consistent with the BRAIN 2025 report, in the second five years of the BRAIN Initiative, NIH plans to build on its current emphasis on technology development with an added focus on the production and dissemination of resources for understanding the brain. This new working group (2.0) will revisit the 2025 report's priorities through the lens of progress to date, rising scientific opportunities, and the new set of tools and technologies emerging from BRAIN.

The ACD Working Group on BRAIN 2.0 Neuroethics Subgroup was formed to develop a Neuroethics Roadmap for the NIH BRAIN Initiative; review priority areas identified in the BRAIN 2025 Strategic Plan, incorporating updates from the broader BRAIN 2.0 Working Group; and characterize the neuroethical implications that may arise as BRAIN Initiative investments produce new tool/neurotechnologies, and/or those tools/neurotechnologies are applied to advancing the goals of the NIH BRAIN Initiative. The BRAIN Neuroethics Subgroup (BNS) will provide analysis and findings to the Working Group on BRAIN 2.0 for inclusion in the final report.

The BNS is hosting a public workshop on January 23, 2019, to hear perspectives on the ethical issues posed by current and future neuroscience research.