Oct 03

New Bioethics FOA – RFA-MH-18-500

A new FOA was released on Friday from the NIH BRAIN initiative

BRAIN Initiative: Research on the Ethical Implications of Advancements in Neurotechnology and Brain Science (R01) https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-18-500.html

Applications are due December 7, 2017

This is the second FOA on ethical issues from the NIH BRAIN Initiative program. This FOA addresses focused topical areas relevant to the work supported by the BRAIN Initiative. Specifically, applications that focus on the following areas that are rapidly becoming highly relevant to the BRAIN Initiative would be considered of particular interest:

•Studies focused on ethical issues associated with advances in brain stimulation, brain-computer interfaces, etc., such as: effects on personal identity, agency, and perception of normality

•Studies that empirically measure risk/benefit analyses and evaluate consent issues in conducting research with neural devices, and long-term obligations to patients/subjects participating in such research

•Studies that explore the evolving richness of collected human neural data and considerations such as data ownership, access, privacy, and unintended uses

•Studies that consider the ethical implications of evolving neuromodulation and neuroimaging technologies, specifically as they pertain to the infrastructure of these technologies (activation and monitoring of devices, long-term maintenance, data security, intended and unintended use of these new technologies)

•Studies that empirically consider different perspectives on the distinction between invasive versus non-invasive brain imaging and/or neuromodulation; particularly as those views are similar or different between groups such as participants, physicians, families, and the broader public view

•The ethical implications of access to a use of emerging neurotechnologies and their relationship to informed consent (participant perspective on the consent process, consent with special populations)

•Ethical issues unique to research that leverages opportunities with ex vivo human brain tissue

•Ethical issues associated with predictive/diagnostic research related to neurological or neuropsychiatric disorders

•Public/researcher/participant attitudes and decision-making about altering/enhancing/manipulating brain function

•Cybersecurity/privacy considerations, such as effective security and safeguards for human data and wireless transmissions to/from implanted neural devices; gaps/provisions needed in existing regulatory models

Please forward to all who may be interested.

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