Nina Hsu, Ph.D.

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Program Director in Neuroethics
Dr. Nina Hsu
Immediate Office of the Director (DEA)
Division of Extramural Activities
Areas of Interest

Portfolio: Neuroethics, Bioethics

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Nee-nuh Shoo

Dr. Nina Hsu currently serves as a Program Director in Neuroethics within the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is the extramural point of contact for the NINDS neuroethics program, whose mission is to work closely with NINDS, NIH, and NIH stakeholders to identify and navigate ethical, legal, and societal implications of neuroscience research programs and discoveries and to facilitate neuroscience progress. A component of Dr. Hsu’s work involves collaboration with the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a trans-NIH effort to accelerate the development and application of novel neurotechnologies, to ensure that NIH keeps pace with rapid technological development and to help clinicians and researchers ethically fit these new tools into practice. To this end, Dr. Hsu serves as Science Committee Specialist to BRAIN Neuroethics Working Group (NEWG), a group of experts in neuroethics and neuroscience that serves to provide the NIH BRAIN Initiative with input relating to neuroethics. She is also a co-lead for the neuroethics program team for the NIH BRAIN Initiative.

Previously, Dr. Hsu served in the Neuroscience Content and Strategy branch within the NINDS Office of Neuroscience Communications and Engagement (ONCE), where she collaborated with leadership, policy, communications, programmatic, and administrative staff to prepare materials related to scientific programs aligned with the NINDS mission. Dr. Hsu began working at NIH as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy fellow in 2017. Prior to the fellowship, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park, where her research focused on the cognitive neuroscience of language, memory, and cognitive control using an array of neuroimaging, eye-tracking, and behavioral techniques. She received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, her B.S. in psychology and neuroscience from Duke University, and she is pursuing a Certificate in Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.