Seeking survey participants for study on views on online information about Alzheimer disease and related dementias

The UBC National Core for Neuroethics is interested in learning about your views on online information about Alzheimer disease and related dementias. If you are aged 55 or older and have sought online health information about Alzheimer disease or dementia at least once, we cordially invite you to participate in our short phone interview. The interview should take about 20 minutes to complete.

If you are interested in participating in our interviews, please contact Tanya Feng, Research Assistant at the National Core for Neuroethics at DementiaOnlineStudy@gmail.com.

Seeking interview participants with Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson's disease

The purpose of this interview is to explore the perspectives of patients with neurodegenerative diseases about the risks, benefits, and time frames associated with stem cell clinical trials. This study is funded by the Canadian Stem Cell Network.
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Postdoctoral Fellowship/Graduate Student Scholarship at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montreal)

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow, or possibly a very strong graduate student, to lead empirical and conceptual research on free will which includes the examination of people’s beliefs in free will as well as the implications of such beliefs (e.g., for stigmatization, health-related behaviour, or moral decisions). The fellow will work at the Neuroethics research unit (www.ircm.qc.ca/neuroethics/en/) in partnership with the University of Cologne.

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Associate Director of Research at the UMN Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences

The University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences is seeking a highly qualified individual to collaborate on research, publication, and educational activities on the legal, ethical, and societal implications of biomedicine and the life sciences. Current funded projects focus on genomics, precision medicine, and emerging technologies.

The Consortium is a top national program founded in 2000, serving as a hub for an exceptional community of researchers and scholars. Consortium members are 20 leading centers at the University of Minnesota, including the Center for Bioethics, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, Masonic Cancer Center, Clinical & Translational Science Institute, and University of Minnesota Genomics Center. The Consortium is one of only six University-wide centers. This highly interdisciplinary program crosses most colleges at the University and reports to the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

For more information, please visit this link: http://www.vanier.gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html

PhD student in ethics of human enhancement in an international context

The Department of Philosophy of the University Twente in the Netherlands is looking for a PhD student in ethics of human enhancement in an international context.

The aim of this PhD project is to perform an ethical study of human enhancement technologies and techniques that considers their full range, their potential future development, and the various ethical implications in different domains and for different stakeholders.  The study should also help answer the question how society should respond to these technologies: how they should be regulated, what ethical codes and protocols there should be in place, and what the responsibility of various actors is with respect to them.  Within this general scope, there is room to focus the project in your own way.About 60% of the position is linked to the SIENNA project, and in those 60%, you collaborate with other researchers in writing reports that address ethical issues in human enhancement and their practical application, and that also addresses the question of how we can develop general approaches for ethical analysis and ethical governance of new technologies.You will be the main author of many of the reports on human enhancement.  About 20% of the position is for completion of the dissertation based on the reports that you have authored, and about 20% is for taking courses and providing support for other tasks in the department, particularly teaching.

For more information, please visit this link: http://med-fom-neuroethics.sites.olt.ubc.ca/?p=3465

Next Generation Leaders at the Allen Institute for Brain Science

The purpose of the Next Generation Leaders Program at the Allen Institute for Brain Science is to formally recognize the importance of fresh and innovative contributions from scientists at early stages of their careers.

The Allen Institute for Brain Science’s mission is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Using big science, team science and open science, we generate useful public resources, drive technological and analytical advances, and discover fundamental brain properties through integration of experiments, modeling and theory and freely and publicly disseminate our data. Since its inception, the Allen Institute for Brain Science has sought the advice and feedback of esteemed scientists through program-specific Advisory Councils. The Next Generation Leaders form a complementary group of advisors, focused on up-and-coming techniques and approaches.

For information about how to apply, please follow this link: http://www.alleninstitute.org/what-we-do/brain-science/about/advisors/next-generation-leaders/

Graduate Fellowship in Applied Ethics

The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics is pleased to offer the Graduate Fellowship in Applied Ethics. The fellowship will provide a one-time annual stipend of $20,000 plus a research-related allowance of $1,500, as well as access to office space at the CAE in the Klinck Building on UBC Vancouver campus.The period of the fellowship will be the 2017 academic year (i.e., September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018). Relevant topics for this fellowship include but are not limited to: bioethics, business ethics, environmental ethics, public health ethics, and health inequities. Students receiving other scholarships may receive a top-up from the Graduate Fellowship in Applied Ethics to a total of $20,000.

For information about how to apply, please follow this link: http://ethics.ubc.ca/graduate-fellowship-in-applied-ethics/

Postdoctoral Positions in Values and Public Policy at Princeton University

The University Center for Human Values and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, invite applications for postdoctoral positions in Values and Public Policy. We aim to support highly promising scholars trained in moral and political philosophy, political theory, normative economics and related areas to develop a research agenda in the ethical dimensions of public policy.

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The Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics at Princeton University

The University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics for a possible opening in September 2017. The Shapiro Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying ethical issues arising from developments in medicine or the biological sciences. We particularly encourage proposals focusing on problems of practical importance that have broader theoretical interest.

The Shapiro Fellow will spend from one to three years at Princeton conducting research. Candidates will be expected to contribute one course each year to the Center’s undergraduate program in coordination with the Center and by approval of the Dean of the Faculty. The Shapiro Fellow will participate in the Ira W. DeCamp Seminar in Bioethics and will be invited to participate in other activities of the University Center for Human Values including a year-long research seminar for visiting fellows and Center faculty.

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Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics - Elsevier Press

Proposals for three volumes on cutting edge topics in Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics are now being sought. The following topics are of special interest, but all will be considered equally based on the strength of the volume editor or editor group, and the proposed table of contents:

  • Environmental Neuroethics
  • Public and Global Mental Health
  • Advances in Neurotechnology
  • Neuroethics Policy for Children and Youth
  • Placebo and Addiction Neuroethics
  • Do-it-Yourself and Take-it-Yourself NeuroTools
  • Educational Strategies in Contemporary Neuroethics, Bioethics, and Biomedicine

For more information, visit this page: https://goo.gl/UBM4tA

Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas - The Greenwall Foundation

The Greenwall Foundation is requesting proposals for the Fall 2017 cycle of its bioethics grants program, Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas, to support research to help resolve an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical care, biomedical research, public health practice, or public policy. Our aim is to fund innovative projects that will have a real-world, practical impact. Letters of intent are due July 12, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. ET, for projects to begin on or after January 1, 2018.

For more information, visit this page: http://greenwall.org/making-a-difference-current-request-for-proposals.php

Visiting Scholars Program

We welcome visiting scholars to conduct research and collaborate with the members of the National Core for Neuroethics. Please contact our Faculty members for details.

Current Scholar/s:

  • Adam Shriver, Ph.D., Center for Neuroscience and Society, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

Recent Scholars:

  • Hervé Chneiweiss, M.D., Ph.D.,Head, Neuroscience, Paris Seine Laboratory, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Inserm/Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France
  • Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P., Chief, Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, USA
  • Lesley McBain, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Elena Moro, M.D., Professor, Joseph Fourier University - CHU Grenoble, Grenoble, France
  • Saskia Nagel, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Changing Brains, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany
  • Osamu Sakura, Ph.D., Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies/Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Dan Stein, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Louise Whiteley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark