Invitation to Participate in a Community Conversation about Mental Health

Are you 18 years or older and interested in mental health?

We are seeking English-speaking adults to participate in a community conversation about perceptions and attitudes about psychiatric neurosurgery, that is, new and older surgical approaches to treating psychiatric illness. This is part of a research study supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health in Research and the ERAnet NEURON consortium.

During the first part of the community conversation, the team – researchers and doctors – will present an overview on the topic and answer questions from participants. After that, the research team will present some initial questions to start the conversation. The sessions will take place in Vancouver. The total time for participation will be about 2 hours.

The results of this research will bring awareness about the hopes, concerns and expectations about strategies to promote mental health towards better care of patients.

To participate in or learn more about this study, please contact Hayami Lou, National Core for Neuroethics, UBC at hayami.lou@ubc.ca or 604-827-3630.

In order to determine whether you are eligible to take part in the study, please complete the following online screening survey (http://bit.ly/2xQ6oPV) or call for a telephone screening survey at 604-827-3630.

To participate or learn more, click here.

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.
To participate or learn more, click here.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroethics and Neurotechnology at UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences is seeking a highly motivated and collaborative postdoctoral scholar to join a new interdisciplinary research project on ethical issues in the development of novel neurotechnologies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), led by Winston Chiong, MD PhD in the UCSF Department of Neurology; in conjunction with Daniel Dohan, PhD (UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies), Edward Chang, MD (UCSF Neurosurgery; UC Berkeley/UCSF Center for Neural Engineering & Prostheses) and Jalayne Arias, JD (UCSF Neurology; Global Brain Health Institute).

The postdoctoral fellow will conduct qualitative research (including clinic observation, interviews, and focus groups) with patients, clinicians and researchers engaged in the development of new technologies for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric illnesses; and will analyze these data to prepare manuscripts and presentations for national and international meetings. This work will be embedded in a leading BRAIN Initiative-funded research program in neurotechnology and neuroethics. The fellow will be encouraged to take advantage of other training and learning opportunities within the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, the UC Berkeley/UCSF Center for Neural Engineering & Prostheses, the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies, and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy. We hope that this experience will prepare the fellow for an independent research career in bioethics/neuroethics, health policy, or the biosciences.

For more details, please see posting: link

New Ethnographic Research Position at UCSF Program in Bioethics

The UCSF Bioethics Program, based at the Institute for Health & Aging, announces a search for a full-time post-graduate research specialist. This academic research specialist, non-faculty position is based in San Francisco, CA. The start date is January, 2018 or as negotiated with the successful applicant.

The Institute for Health & Aging (IHA) is an organized research unit at UCSF. The work of the Institute includes extensive and successful research, training and public service in the areas of aging, health, and health policy.

The Specialist will work as part of an inter-discipilinary team on empirical bioethics research projects, such as: a NIH-funded study of the ethical and social implications of prenatal and pediatric genomic sequencing in underserved and diverse populations; and a NIH Brain Inititiative-funded study of adaptive deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric and movement disorders. The Specialist will work under the guidance of Barbara Koenig, PhD, Professor of Medical Anthropology and Bioethics and Director of UCSF Bioethics and Sara Ackerman, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The successful applicant will participate in study management, conduct ethnographic observation and interviews, manage data and oversee compliance with research regulations (such as human subjects protection), co-lead data analysis, write reports, and draft research publications.

For more details, please see posting: link

Assistant Professor & Health Care Ethicist at Dalhousie University

The Department of Bioethics invites applications for a five year limited term position for a health care ethicist at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a starting date of February 1, 2018 or as negotiated. This person will be a member of the Ethics Collaborations Team in the Department, which has formal responsibilities to provide ethics support to the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK Health Centre and the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network. This person will also, within the terms of this position, contribute to the mission and mandate of the Department of Bioethics.

For more details, please see posting: PDF

Tenure Track Faculty Position at the Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University

The College of Arts and Sciences of Santa Clara University expects to be seeking applications in the fall of 2017 for a tenure track faculty position in the Philosophy Department starting September 1, 2018. The rank of this position is open: Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor. The area of specialization for this position is Bioethics, Neuroethics, and/or Environmental Ethics. The area of competence is open. Applicants will have an area of specialization in Bioethics, Neuroethics, and/or Environmental Ethics, the ability to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in one or more of these areas, and other areas of concentration. The candidate will have a primary research and teaching focus in interdisciplinary and applied philosophy/ethics, engaging one or more of the STEM disciplines. Successful junior applicants will be able to teach a two course core sequences in Culture & Ideas and/or Critical Thinking and Writing to first year students.

For more details, please see posting: PDF

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.

For more details, please see posting: PDF

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.

For more details, please see posting: PDF

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

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/

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
  • Alexandra Olmos Perez, M.Sc., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • John Noel M. Viaña, M.Sc., University of Tasmania (Hobart, Australia)

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