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Dr. Nicolini is a MD degree holder from the National Autonomous University of Mexico with specialization in Psychiatry from the Mexican Council of Psychiatry, and he holds a PhD in Medical Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is a researcher in “F” medical sciences for the System of Researchers of Mexico’s Department of Health and a level III national researcher for the National System of Researchers.

He is currently Head of the Laboratory of Psychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases of Mexico’s National Institute of Genomic Medicine. He has also filled the role of Director at the Carracci Medical and Family Studies Group.

Dr. Nicolini is Founder and Executive President of the Mexican Association of Neuroethics’ Board of Directors, as well as a member of Mexico’s National Academy of Medicine, former President of the Mexican Association of Molecular Biology in Medicine, former Secretary and Treasurer of the Mexican College of Psychopharmacology and former Director of the International College of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ICOCD).

With a total of 324 publications, he is currently the most published and most quoted psychiatrist who lives and works in Mexico. Quotations: 7,614 index h=44 (Google Scholar, January 2021); Index h 38 (Research Gate, January 2021).

His research areas are focused on:

  • Heredity and molecular markers in mental illnesses,
  • Molecular signatures in the brains of people who are victims of suicide,
  • Psychopharmacology, transcranial magnetic stimulation and neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders, and
  • Epigenetic clocks in human behavior.

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Dr. Herrera holds a MD degree from Anáhuac University, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Universidad del Valle de México, a PhD in Bioethics from Anáhuac University and a Postdoctoral degree in Neuroethics from Georgetown University in the USA. Besides being an independent researcher and scholar, and an international advisor in bioethics and neuroethics, she has provided private-practice consultation in the area of mental health for over 20 years.

Dr. Herrera is Founder and Former President of the Mexican Association of Neuroethics, a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Bioethics Seminar and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican National Academy of Bioethics. Member of the Council of Experts of the National Alliance of Artificial Intelligence (ANIA), and of the Group of Experts on Neuro-rights in the Senate of Mexico. She is a member of the Working Group on Neuro-rights and Neuroethics of UNESCO Mexico. In the United States, she is Associate Professor at the Neuroethics Center of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics (PCCB) at the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In Canada she is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit at McGill University.

In Chile she is an Advisor in the project «Consultant at Neurorights, neuroethics, metaverse, behavioral economics and artificial intelligence (NEURAMETA)», at the University of Chile.

She has also represented Mexico, through talks and collaborations, in international brain and neuroethics projects in Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia. She is the Mental Health Coordinator at the NGO Brain and You in Washington, D.C., Ex-member of the Board of Directors of the International Neuroethics Society, a member of Neuroethics Women Leaders, a counselor at the NGO LatinX Bioethics and a delegate at the Global Neuroethics Summit as part of the International Brain Initiative.

She is devoted to teaching health sciences, bioethics and neuroethics.

She has been editor for scientific journals such as Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine (PEHM)Frontiers Public HealthFrontiers in Public Mental Health and Frontiers in Sociology. She is Associate Editor at Frontiers in the ELSI (Ethical-Legal and Social Issuesin Science and Genetics section. Her research areas are focused on:

  • Recurring violent behavior,
  • Ethical, legal and socio-cultural aspects of the development, use and globalization of neuroscience, advanced neurotechnology and artificial intelligence,
  • Neuroethical aspects of cognitive diversity, and
  • Regulation and human rights regarding the brain and mind.

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Dr. Pinedo is a MD degree holder from the National Autonomous University of Mexico with a specialization in Psychiatry who holds a Master´s degree in Rational-Emotive Therapy from Mexico’s Department of Public Education. He took the Specialization Course in Liaison Psychiatry by the National Institutes of Health of Mexico’s Department of Health, as well as the Primary and Advanced Training Courses in Rational-Emotive Theory & Techniques at the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy in New York, USA.

He is currently Partner and Clinical Director of the Cognitive-Behavioral Interdisciplinary Clinic. He used to be Head of Hospitalization of the National Institute of Psychiatry “Dr. Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz.” He is also Founder and Secretary of the Mexican Association of Neuroethics Board of Directors, a member of the Mexican Council of Psychiatry, a member and former Treasurer of the Mexican Psychiatric Association, former President and Founding Partner of the Association for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (a civil nonprofit organization), former President of the Mexican Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a former member of the US-Mexico Border Health Association of the Pan American Health Organization.

He has been Head Professor of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy course in the Psychiatry specialization of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education  (ITESM)’s Medical School. He was an undergraduate and postgraduate professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health of the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Medical School as well as organizer, lecturer and professor at multiple national and international congresses, courses and workshops within the field of psychiatry and mental health.

He is author and co-author of several articles and book chapters in the field of mental health and psychiatry.

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MD degree holder specialized in Neurosurgery from the National Autonomous University of Mexico who has been certified and recertified by the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery. Holder of a Master’s degree in Senior Management and candidate for a PhD in Senior Management from the Postgraduate Center of the State of Mexico (CPEM). Fellowship in Epilepsy Surgery at the University of California, USA. Neuroendoscopy course in Mainz, Germany.

He currently has his office at the Ángeles Acoxpa Hospital in Mexico City.

Dr. Sandoval is Treasurer of the Mexican Association of Neuroethics Board of Directors, a full member of the Mexican Academy of Surgery, an emeritus member of the Mexican Society of Neurological Surgery, a member of the International Neuroethics Society (INS) and Treasurer of the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery. At the Ángeles Acoxpa Hospital, he has been a member of the Medical Association, President of the Bioethics Committee, and a member of the Bioethics Board in the Teaching, Transplants, Pharmacovigilance, Morbimortality and Medical-Records Committees.

He has been an associate professor for the Undergraduate Medical Residency at the Ángeles Acoxpa Hospital for students from Anáhuac University, the National Polytechnic Institute and Westhill University. He has also been a Neurosurgery professor for the Medical Specialty Hospital of the La Raza Medical Center and for the UNAM-IMSS (National Autonomous University of Mexico-Institute of Social Security and Services for State Workers) Neurosurgery course. He has imparted multiple conferences related to bioethics and brain plasticity. Furthermore, he has been a professor and organizer of Bioethics and Neuroethics courses and has supervised 25 medical specialization theses.

His research areas are focused on:

  • Brain death,
  • Incidentalomas, and
  • Teaching of Neuroethics within Neurosurgery residency training.

 

I am an inaugural fellow at the Kavli Center for Ethics, Science, and the Public at the University of California, Berkeley, where I am leading a project about the ethical-legal implications of brain enhancement neurotechnologies. I have expertise in ethics of neurotechnology, neuroscience applied to legal processes, and philosophy of action. My interests in these areas have pivoted around the implications of neuroscience and neurotechnology for human rights, commonly known as “neurorights.” In addition, throughout my years of research I have collaborated with international experts in various disciplines, including philosophers, jurists, and neuroscientists.

Between 2022 and 2023, I did a 12-month postdoctoral stay at Harvard University (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School), where I learned brain data analysis techniques obtained through neuroimaging technologies (especially fMRI). This allowed me to gain a better understanding of how the collection and transfer of these data has important consequences in terms of privacy, identity, agency, and other important ethical issues. Between 2021 and 2023, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Navarra and the International Center for Neuroscience and Ethics (CINET), where I led a project on the ethical-legal repercussions of neurotechnologies. In 2019, I was a visiting professor at the National Institute of Criminal Sciences of Mexico (INACIPE). Between 2021 and 2022, and also in October 2023, I was an invited professor at the Externado University of Colombia. Finally, between 2018 and 2021, I was an assistant professor of psychology (non-tenured) at the European University of Valencia.

I have a 6-year period of research activity (sexenio) recognized by the CNEAI. I am the author of 68 publications, including articles in high-impact international journals (such as Nature, Science, Neuroethics, American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, Brain Stimulation, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, among others), book chapters in prestigious publishers (such as Academic Press, Ariel, Espasa, and Tirant lo Blanch), and dissemination articles (for example, in the Spanish edition of Scientific American). I am also the author of the “neuroethics” entry in the Encyclopædia Britannica. As an expert in neuroethics, I have collaborated with numerous national and international institutions, including the United Nations, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), the Spanish Royal Academy, the Parliament and Human Rights Commission of Australia, the California Government, the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina, and the Senate and Supreme Court of Chile. Finally, I have supervised several students and early-career researchers as a corresponding/senior author in high-impact publications. I have also supervised 2 master theses and 5 undergraduate theses.

Law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana. Master’s degree in Bioethics from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. PhD in Human Rights Culture from the Centro Universitario Columbia in Mexico. Certification in Health Technology Assessment. Researcher in “B” Medical Sciences at the System of Researchers of Mexico’s Department of Health.

She is currently Head of the Legal, Ethical and Social Studies Department at Mexico’s National Institute of Genomic Medicine. She worked for the National Human Rights Commission and the National Medical Arbitration Commission.

Dr. Saruwatari is Planning Secretary for the Board of Directors of the Mexican Association of Neuroethics. She was member of the Bioethics Committees of the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases and the San Rafael Clinic.

She has been a professor at the National School of Anthropology and History and at the following universities: Iberoamericana, Pontificia de México, Montrer and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

She participates as editor in the scientific journals Bioethics Update of the Universidad Panamericana and the “ELSI (Ethical-Legal and Social Issues) in Science and Genetics” section of Frontiers.

Her research areas focus on the relationship between bioethics, health law and human rights, especially in areas such as genomics, medical deontology and research ethics.

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MD degree holder from Mexico’s National Polytechnic Institute with specialization in Neurosurgery from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is a level II National Researcher at the National System of Researchers.

He is currently the General Director of the Tláhuac General Hospital, which belongs to the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE). He served as Deputy Director for Prevention and Health Protection and as Secretary of the Institutional Research Committee of ISSSTE’s Medical Directorate. He was Head of the Research Division at the Ángeles Pedregal Hospital in Mexico City.

Dr. Jiménez is Research Secretary of the Mexican Association of Neuroethics Board of Directors.

He has been a professor in the Postgraduate Studies and Research Section at the Graduate Medical School of the National Polytechnic Institute.

He is a member of several editorial committees and Associate Editor of the medical journal of the General Hospital of Mexico and founder of the Mexican Society of Neurological Surgery’s official journal, Archives of Neurosurgery.

His research areas are focused on:

  • Neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders,
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS),
  • Movement disorders, and

He has authored 126 articles published in national and international scientific journals, as well as 18 book chapters. He has participated in more than 50 registered research projects.

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