Socio-Cultural Neuroscience Workshop

May 15 2024, SFU Vancouver Campus

The INN is hosting a Challenge Workshop that brings together researchers from various disciplines to discuss socio-cultural challenges in neuroscience research. The goal will be to identify collaborative paths towards the broader integration of socio-cultural factors in the study of neuroscience.

The human brain is embedded in the body, and the body embedded in a complex personal and social environment. A complete understanding of human brain function must therefore include an understanding of how factors like global inequities, environmental exposures, and climate change are placing pressures on brain health. We will identify socio-cultural challenges for neuroscience under three themes:

  1. Social determinants of brain health,
  2. Environmental and ecological challenges to brain health, and
  3. Tensions between communities and academia in approaches to neuroscience.

We will discuss how neuroethics may inform the paths forward so that neuroscience knowledge can be integrated with socio-cultural factors to guide policy and practice.


Keynote speaker:
Dr. Judy Illes, University of British Columbia

Discussion leaders:
Theme 1: Dr. Carolyn Parkinson, University of California, Los Angeles
Theme 2: Dr. Ben Smarr, University of California, San Diego
Theme 3: Dr. Michael Yellow Bird, University of Manitoba

See the Workshop Program

Your role:

We value your participation in this workshop. The discussions will be structured to foster engagement, allowing participants to draw upon their own research and unique personal experiences. Your contribution will play a pivotal role in shaping our understanding and application of neuroscience within the broader socio-cultural context.


Location: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU Vancouver Campus
Date/time: May 15, 2024, 9am-5pm

Registration fees*:
$40 for faculty, staff and community members
$20 for postdoctoral fellows and students
* registration fees will be used to offset the costs of lunch and coffee breaks

Registration closes May 8, 2024


Registration closes May 8