Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

Sung-Jin Jeong

Sung-Jin Jeong

Co-chair

Sung-Jin Jeong is a principal Researcher at the Korea Brain Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Seoul National University, and then worked as a Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital for seven years. She then worked as a Research Fellow and Staff Scientist at Children’s Hospital Boston, before joining the Korea Brain Research Institute in 2013. Dr. Jeong recently published an article in Neuron, describing the history and goals of the Korean Brain Initiative. This initiative is centered on deciphering the brain functions and mechanisms that underlie decision-making, and the major goal is to map a functional connectome of the brain. The project also encourages the development of novel techniques and technologies, and should ultimately have socioeconomic ramifications that facilitate global collaboration across the world.

Khara Ramos

Khara Ramos

Dr. Khara Ramos serves as Director, Neuroethics Program, and Health Scientist Administrator in the Office of Scientific Liaison (OSL), at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at NIH. She leads efforts to integrate neuroethics into the NIH BRAIN Initiative, and serves as Executive Secretary of the Neuroethics Working Group of the NIH BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group and co-lead of the trans-NIH BRAIN neuroethics project team. In her role within OSL she works to support a seamless flow of information on NINDS-supported research advances and initiatives to various stakeholders including scientific and academic communities, as well as policy-makers, patients, and the public

Previously, Dr. Ramos worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), where she served as point person on high profile projects for NIDCR and provided support to the NIDCR Office of the Director regarding policy analysis, communications, program oversight, evaluation activities, strategic planning, and project coordination. She originally moved from academia to federal service via the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program, following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she studied the role of non-neuronal cells of the central nervous system in chronic pain states and in opioid-induced central sensitization. Dr. Ramos holds a Ph.D. in neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego, and a bachelor’s degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.

Karen Rommelfanger

Karen Rommelfanger

Co-chair

Dr. Karen S. Rommelfanger received her PhD in neuroscience and postdoctoral training in neuroscience and neuroethics. Her research explores how evolving neuroscience and neurotechnologies challenge societal definitions of disease and medicine. Dr. Rommelfanger is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Neuroethics Program Director at Emory University’s Center for Ethics, and Senior Associate Editor at the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. In recognition of her leadership in the neuroethics community, Dr. Rommelfanger was appointed to the NIH BRAIN Initiative’s Neuroethics Division and acts as the Division ambassador to the Human Brain Project Ethics Advisory Board. She is dedicated to cross-cultural work in neuroethics and also serves as ethicist to the China-India Mental Health Alliance.  A key part of her work is fostering communication across multiple stakeholders in neuroscience. As such she edits the largest international online neuroethics discussion forum The Neuroethics Blog and she is a frequent contributor and commentator in popular media such as The New York Times, USA Today and The Huffington Post.

 

More detailed bio can be found here: http://karenrommelfanger.com/

Norihiro Sadato

Norihiro Sadato

Dr. Sadato is a professor of National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Japan since 1999. After trained as a diagnostic radiologist, he entered into the functional neuroimaging field in 1990. Dr Sadato is interested in understanding the mechanisms of plastic change in the human brain accompanied by learning, sensory deprivation, and development explored by functional MRI. Recently he focuses on the development of social cognition and its correlates. Dr. Sadato has been the chair of the Ethics Committee of The Japan Neuroscience Society since 2008.

Arleen Salles

Arleen Salles

Dr. Arleen Salles  is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Research Ethics and Bioethics, Uppsala University, Sweden, and task leader and research collaborator in the Ethics and Society subproject (SP12) of the EU-flagship Human Brain Project. She is the Director of the Neuroethics Program at Centro de Investigaciones Filosoficas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and member of the organizing committee of the Global Neuroethics Summit series.  She works on a wide range of neuroethical topics, from the nature of the field and the development of a culturally aware neuroethics, to conceptual issues in neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders, neuroimaging and privacy concerns, and ethical and conceptual issues in artificial intelligence. She is currently working on a conceptual analysis of human identity and the self, and the debate over the potential impact of neurotechnologies on human nature.

For more information: http://www.crb.uu.se/staff/arleen-salles/