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PhD Student Opportunity at the University of Twente

The Department of Philosophy of the University Twente in the Netherlands is looking for a PhD student (4-year position) in ethics of human enhancement in an international context Deadline for applications: 18 June 2017 The Challenge The aim of this PhD project is to perform an ethical study of human enhancement technologies and techniques that […]

An interview with Prof Judy Illes, President of the International Neuroethics Society

It is 15 years since neuroethics emerged as a discipline and this year the International Neuroethics Society (INS) has become an associate member of FENS. Professor Judy Illes, president of INS talks to Dr Jane Haley (FENS Communication Committee) about the society, the importance of the field, … Click the title to read more.

Is the media landscape changing faster than science communication can keep up?

As information-sharing has become decentralized in our digital age, are traditional approaches to science communication selling research short? An editorial from Dr. Julie Robillard, published today in Movement Disorders, suggests that new challenges in communicating research discoveries are an opportunity for researchers to take greater initiative in sharing their work with the public, especially online. […]

Brain patterns cannot reveal end-of-life decisions for patients with severe brain injuries

Two UBC neuroethicists are studying what this might mean for Canada and other countries that have recently introduced legislation for physician-assisted death. In a JAMA Neurology article published last week, Judy Illes and Emanuel Cabral examine the ethics around end-of-life decision-making for patients with these injuries. Click the title to read more.

Dr. Judy Illes nominated at the 34th YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

In line with celebrating the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017, the YWCA-Metro Vancouver announced the nominees for the 34th annual Women of Distinction Awards. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Judy Illes, who was nominated in the category of Research & the Sciences. A short summary of why Dr. Illes was nominated: One of the mothers […]

Blood, brains and mushrooms: Neurocraft exhibition opens in Winnipeg

David Byrne did it — and now nine Manitoba artists are turning neuroscience into art. The art exhibit Neurocraft opens Friday night at the John Buhler Research Centre, attached to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre. Click the title to read more.

Fixing fentanyl with naloxone alone won’t work

UBC academics worry officials pushing too hard on solution that doesn’t address root cause of the problem. Click the title to read more.

Ethics at CIHR: Moving Forward

Vardit Ravitsky and Judy Illes provide a summary overview of progress being made at CIHR with respect to its ethics mandate. Click the title to read more.

UBC’s beacons of hope in the war against Alzheimer’s disease

A warning about poor advice, questionable motives. Core’s Dr. Julie Robillard studies the proliferating sources of online advice about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and based on the patterns she sees, has been spreading the message, “Let the reader beware.” Click the title to read more.

Women in science: part II

How ‘death by a thousand cuts’ is responsible for the leaky STEM pipeline. In the sciences, objectivity is prized because it allows us to uncover truths without the stain of personal biases. However, the rigour of scientific objectivity has yet to dominate the working environment of STEM fields. Click title to read more.

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