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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.

Opinion: Head transplant an unjustified ghoulish human experiment

Just when we thought we had heard it all, now there is the head transplant. The Nov. 23 article in The Vancouver Sun (“Italian surgeon preparing patient for human head transplant by showing him how to walk again with VR”) … Click the title to read more.

On the Origin of Scientists: Neuroethicist Judy Illes

Core’s Dr. Judy Illes featured at Ubyssey’s article, “On the Origin of Scientists: Neuroethicist Judy Illes”. Click the title to read more.

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