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Dr. Judy Illes

Judy Illes, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS

Dr. Judy Illes, Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at UBC, is Director of the National Core for Neuroethics at UBC, and faculty in the Brain Research Centre at UBC and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Dr. Illes has been appointed to the Standing Committee on Ethics for CIHR for a three year term beginning September 2014. She also holds affiliate appointments in the School of Population and Public Health and the School of Journalism at UBC, and in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As a pioneer and eminent scholar in the field of neuroethics, she has made groundbreaking contributions to ethical, social, and policy challenges at the intersection of biomedical ethics and neuroscience, with a specific focus on aging and dementia, addiction and mental health, neuroimaging, stem cells, cross-cultural values, and the commercialization of health care.

View Dr. Illes' CV here (PDF).

Dr. Peter B. Reiner

Peter B. Reiner, VMD, PhD

Dr. Reiner is Professor and co-founder of the National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia where he is a member of the Department of Psychiatry and the Centre for Brain Health. Dr. Reiner began his research career studying the cellular and molecular physiology of the brain, with particular interests in the neurobiology of behavioural states and the molecular underpinnings of neurodegenerative disease. In 1998, Dr. Reiner became President and CEO of Active Pass Pharmaceuticals, a drug discovery company that he founded to tackle the scourge of Alzheimer's disease. Upon returning to academic life in 2004, Dr. Reiner refocused his scholarly work in the area of neuroethics, co-founding the National Core for Neuroethics with Dr. Judy Illes in 2007. Dr. Reiner has championed quantitative analysis of public attitudes towards diverse issues in neuroethics including the propriety of cognitive and moral enhancement, the contours of autonomy in the real world, and the neuroethical implications of Technologies of the Extended Mind. For further information on Dr. Reiner’s research, click here.

View Dr. Reiner's CV here (Link).

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B. Lynn Beattie, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Beattie is Professor Emerita, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia. She is the former Director of the Clinic for Alzheimer Disease (AD) and Related Disorders at UBC. In addition, Dr. Beattie has been involved with a number of research activities. These include the multi centre Canadian Quality of Life in AD Study, a number of clinical trials in AD, a look at psychological resilience and well-being of spousal caregivers of persons with dementia, development of psychosocial indicators of oral health-related quality of life in three ethnic groups, genetic epidemiological study of AD, brain power, resistance training and cognitive function in older women. Other activities included participation in the Executive Committee of the BC Network for Aging Research and in the Centre for Research in Personhood in Dementia. Dr. Beattie is on the Board of the Alzheimer Society of Canada as Chair of the Research Policy Committee. She has been on the Executive of C5R (Consortium of Canadian Centres for Clinical Cognitive Research) and is former Scientific Director for CHAP, the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence at Providence Health Care in Vancouver. She is President of the Board of PARF, the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation. In the past, Dr. Beattie started and was the first Head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UBC, initially based at Shaughnessy Hospital and in later years at Vancouver Coastal UBC/VGH. She is Past President of the American Geriatrics Society and the Canadian Geriatrics Society

Julie M. Robillard, PhD

Dr. Julie Robillard is Assistant Professor of Neurology at UBC and faculty at the National Core for Neuroethics and at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. After completing a PhD in neuroscience looking at synaptic plasticity in the aging brain, Dr. Robillard built on her thesis work in a way that emphasizes the human translational side of neuroscience. She leads a research program at the intersection of aging, ethics and new media and has developed innovative techniques for the analysis of brain health and social media. Dr. Robillard's research has been featured widely in broad-reaching media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and the National Post, as well as in high impact publications and at international conferences.

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View Dr. Robillard's CV here (PDF).

Dr. Patrick McDonald

Patrick McDonald MD, MHSc, FRCSC

Dr. McDonald, Associate Professor of Surgery at UBC and Head of the Division of Neurosurgery at BC Children’s Hospital, is a Clinical Investigator at the Child and Family Research Institute. After completing his MD and neurosurgery training at the University of Toronto (U of T), Dr. McDonald obtained a Masters degree from the Joint Centre for Bioethics at U of T. In addition to his clinical work and research in paediatric hydrocephalus and concussion, Dr. McDonald’s neuroethics research focuses on conflicts of interest in neurosurgical research, neuroethics education and ethical issues in concussion care. He is the Vice President of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society and on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bioethics Society.

View Dr. McDonald's CV here (PDF).


Students, Postdocs, Researchers, and Staff

Marianne Claire Bacani, B.A., is an Events Director at the Core. Marianne received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Marianne assists with meetings, seminars, and public outreach events that are hosted by the Core, including the annual Brain Awareness Week Distinguished Neuroethics Lectures and Cafe Neuroethiques, to name a few. Marianne also maintains the Core's website, and handles the processing of finance, administrative, and basic human resource related requests at the Core. As for her creative contributions, Marianne has designed the Core’s latest logo and branding materials, and has been continually producing most of the Core’s print, web and video materials, including the Brain Matters! Vancouver video series and the Core’s annual reports. Outside the Core, Marianne enjoys volunteering at fundraising events for organizations who promote the performing arts, citizenship, awareness of various health issues in the community, and women empowerment.

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Shelly Benjaminy, M.Sc., is PhD Candidate in the Experimental Medicine Program at UBC and a Clinical Ethics Fellow at Provincial Health Services Authority. Shelly holds a Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Molecular Genetics, and a Master of Science in Health Policy Research from the University of Alberta. Shelly's research interests are positioned at the intersection of developing biotechnologies, patient care, and ethics.

Adrian ByramAdrian C. Byram is a PhD candidate at the Core. Mr. Byram’s primary research interests lie in decision-making for people who can no longer make decisions for themselves – due to dementia, injury, or illness. Mr. Byram recently retired after a 40 year career as an entrepreneur and senior executive in the software and networking industries in Silicon Valley and, during the last 5 years, in Vancouver. He remains engaged in the high tech world as CEO and Co-founder of ADX Advanced Directives Xtended, a startup exploring ways to combine AI and human counselors to assist surrogate decision-makers. Mr. Byram completed the qualification requirements for a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford University (1974), but like many other entrepreneurs, left to start his first company before completing a dissertation. While at Stanford he received a National Research Council of Canada Scholarship, and was also a researcher at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre. During the early 1970’s Mr. Byram served as a Policy Analyst on the Prime Minister’s Briefing Team during Pierre Trudeau’s administration. Mr. Byram originally attended the University of Toronto, where he earned an M.Sc. in Physics (1969) and a B.Sc.(Honours) in Mathematics and Physics (1967).

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picmonkey_imageEmanuel Cabral, B.A., is a research assistant with the National Core of Neuroethics. He is currently working with Dr. Illes on exploring the usage of neuroimaging to make end-of-life decisions in patients with disorders of consciousness. Emanuel holds B.A.'s in Psychology and Sociology and his previous work with Dr. Robillard includes examining the impact of online health information on public attitudes towards research and treatments. His interests include the ethical dissemination of health information, mental health awareness and translational applications of health knowledge. In addition to research, Emanuel volunteers at clinics in Vancouver and enjoys captaining a recreational soccer team. In his spare time, he also enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and playing tennis.

SHossainSharmin Hossain, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Core and with the Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN, formerly NeuroDevNet, Inc.), a pan-Canadian organization funded by the Network of Centres of Excellence program. She also serves as co-chair for the Trainee Policy and Advocacy Committee, a trainee-led initiative formed under KBHN. Her research focuses on the ethics of healthcare delivery for culturally diverse children with disabilities, including the diversity of terminology used around disabilities and cross-cultural medical training. She has previously conducted research on identifying ethical and social issues associated with diagnosis, treatment, and management of sports-related concussions. Dr. Hossain received a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral thesis explored the dynamic growth patterns of immature neurons during early brain development. In her current role, she aspires to address emerging neuroethical challenges to impart improved societal outcomes.

HLouHayami Lou, is a research assistant currently working under Dr. Judy Illes on projects involving media analyses of psychiatric neurosurgery with Dr. Laura Cabrera, and cultural terminologies of neurodevelopmental disorders and disability with Dr. Sharmin Hossain.

IMattssonIda Mattsson, is an undergraduate research assistant and COGS 402 student, working under Dr. Judy Illes at the National Core for Neuroethics. She is pursuing a degree in the Computational Intelligence and Design stream of the Cognitive Systems program at UBC. At the Core, she is investigating how matters of brain health are reflected in the scientific literature on environmental water pollution. In her spare time, Ida teaches yoga, and enjoys baking and biking around Vancouver.

TMosesTabitha Moses, M.S., is Administrative and Research Coordinator at Lehman College, CUNY as well as a Research Affiliate at the Core. Tabitha earned her B.A. in Cognitive Science and Philosophy and her M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. She has conducted research in the areas of addiction, mental illness, and emerging neurotechnologies. Her passions include cross-cultural communication, mental health promotion, and science communication. She hopes to continue her education through a joint MD/PhD in Neuroscience, with a special in neuroethics.

A Pabi Arshita Pabbi, is an Applied Biology major in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and is aspiring for a career in medicine. At the Core, she is an undergraduate trainee, currently working on a media analysis project on psychiatric neurosurgeries. She has volunteered with children and adults with disabilities most of her life. She also loves to draw and play sports.

Nikkie Randhawa, M.D., is in her 3rd year of residency in Neurology and is joining the group at UBC in the area of concussion neuroethics. Nikkie has a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University in Halifax, a masters in Neuropsychology at Maastricht University in The Netherlands, and completed her medical school at UBC. She hopes to combine her training in Neurology and Neuroethics to gain a better perspective of how a variety of neuroethical issues will impact her management of neurological diseases and associated treatments as a general neurologist.

Dylan White Suit Pic Dylan Roskams-Edris, B.Sc., M.H.E., is a Research Consultant at the National Core for Neuroethics working with Dr. Judy Illes. His training has been varied, combining a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from McGill University, a Masters of Health Ethics from Memorial University, and his current post as a soon to be 2L at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie. He has attempted whenever possible to wed these diverse areas of expertise, the most prominent example being his masters thesis which explored the potential use of neurotechnologies in shaping Canadian criminal law. In 2014, he was awarded a Fredrick Banting and Charles Best Masters Scholarship, and was recently awarded the Sharon Buehler Convocation Award. His current work on the Core concerns the ethical and legal implications of patents related to brain regions and neurotechnical interventions. His hobbies include: pretending to be a philosopher, long contemplative walks with his dogs, and combining ballet, breakdancing, and krump into a style all his own.

Adam Shriver, Ph.D. is a philosopher from the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis. He is coming to UBC from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Neuroscience and Society and the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Adam’s research examines the intersection of ethics and cognitive science and he has written multiple articles about human well-being and animal welfare. In particular, Adam’s research has examined the significance of the dissociation between the affective and sensory components of pain for philosophical theories of ethics and well-being. To this end, Adam has written about the relationship between pain and pleasure, the legal and ethical questions that arise from the search for a neural signature of pain in humans, and the capacity for suffering across different species. Last summer, Adam organized a workshop on the ethics of neuroscience research on animals, and he is currently editing a book on the topic. At UBC, Adam hopes to investigate the nonverbal assessment of pain and welfare across different contexts.

Aaron webAaron Sihoe, is an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Neuroethics Core and is currently completing a Bachelor of Science focused in Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Having always been fascinated with ethics and its implications on decision making; Aaron is thrilled to have been introduced to the study of Neuroethics by none other than Dr. Judy Illes. Born and raised in Vancouver – His passions belong to skiing, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Specker Sullivan LLaura Specker Sullivan, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Core and at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) at the University of Washington. Dr. Specker Sullivan works on collaborative projects between the Core and the CSNE focusing on ethical dimensions of neural engineering. Her research includes cross-cultural values, patient expectations in neural engineering research, and brain-computer interfaces’ effects on communication and relationships. Laura received a B.A. in philosophy from Williams College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Hawaii, where her research focused on comparative ethics and informed consent in the U.S. and Japan.

JTeslukJordan Tesluk, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Core. Jordan received a BA and a MA in Criminology at Simon Fraser University, where he studied industrial regulation and forestry safety. He completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of British Columbia. His thesis examines the ways that northern communities incorporate environmental protection into their development strategies while dealing with environmental and economic change. Dr. Tesluk is working at the Core to study the the way that industrial development affects the health of the brain and and social well-being. His interest areas include the impact of resource development on rural areas, environmental protection, and First Nations studies.

Marianne Claire Bacani, B.A., is an Events Director at the Core. Marianne received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Marianne assists with meetings, seminars, and public outreach events that are hosted by the Core, including the annual Brain Awareness Week Distinguished Neuroethics Lectures and Cafe Neuroethiques, to name a few. Marianne also maintains the Core's website, and handles the processing of finance, administrative, and basic human resource related requests at the Core. As for her creative contributions, Marianne has designed the Core’s latest logo and branding materials, and has been continually producing most of the Core’s print, web and video materials, including the Brain Matters! Vancouver video series and the Core’s annual reports. Outside the Core, Marianne enjoys volunteering at fundraising events for organizations who promote the performing arts, citizenship, awareness of various health issues in the community, and women empowerment.

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V HrincuViorica Hrincu, is a masters student at the National Core for Neuroethics. She has her Honours B.Sc. in Cell Biology from the University of Alberta, as well as a degree in Cognitive Systems from the University of British Columbia. Viorica is currently getting her feet wet in Technologies of the Extended Mind (TEMs). In particular, she is interested in the role of decision-making TEMs in our lives, and their implications in regards to self-perceptions of autonomy. Aside from science, Viorica also very much enjoys writing, live music, and travel.

J SpeckerJona Specker, M.A., is a visiting PhD student from Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where she works on a project on moral enhancement with prof. dr. Maartje Schermer. During her visit, she will work under the supervision of prof. dr. Peter Reiner, exploring public attitudes towards moral enhancement. Jona obtained a BA degree at University College Maastricht and a MA degree in Philosophy from Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she focused on human moral experience and judgment and the philosophical implications of experimental research for our understanding of those phenomena.

Marianne Claire Bacani, B.A., is an Events Director at the Core. Marianne received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Marianne assists with meetings, seminars, and public outreach events that are hosted by the Core, including the annual Brain Awareness Week Distinguished Neuroethics Lectures and Cafe Neuroethiques, to name a few. Marianne also maintains the Core's website, and handles the processing of finance, administrative, and basic human resource related requests at the Core. As for her creative contributions, Marianne has designed the Core’s latest logo and branding materials, and has been continually producing most of the Core’s print, web and video materials, including the Brain Matters! Vancouver video series and the Core’s annual reports. Outside the Core, Marianne enjoys volunteering at fundraising events for organizations who promote the performing arts, citizenship, awareness of various health issues in the community, and women empowerment.

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Tanya Feng, is an undergraduate research assistant at the National Core for Neuroethics under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. Her projects encompass a variety of topics, including patient engagement in dementia clinical research and online information about brain health and novel biotechnologies. Currently, she is in her last year of a Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience. After graduation, Tanya is hoping to bring her experience in neuroethics with her into the field of medicine. Outside of class, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and looking for her next great adventure.

V HrincuViorica Hrincu, is a masters student at the National Core for Neuroethics. She has her Honours B.Sc. in Cell Biology from the University of Alberta, as well as a degree in Cognitive Systems from the University of British Columbia. Viorica is currently getting her feet wet in Technologies of the Extended Mind (TEMs). In particular, she is interested in the role of decision-making TEMs in our lives, and their implications in regards to self-perceptions of autonomy. Aside from science, Viorica also very much enjoys writing, live music, and travel.

J LaiJen-Ai Lai is an undergraduate research intern at the National Core for Neuroethics. Under the guidance of Dr. Julie Robillard, her project aims to assess how cultural perspectives influence peoples' experiences of cognitive screening for dementia. Currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology, she is passionate about integrating science and social science to improve the efficacy of health care delivery for people from all walks of life. Beyond the classroom, she enjoys spending time with elderly, gardening and volunteering through her non-profit organization, Hope for Happiness.

A SpornArlo Sporn is an undergraduate student research intern at the National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia, and is currently working on his Bachelor of Science, with a combined major in Microbiology & Immunology and Computer Science. He is fascinated by the intersection between science and morality, and under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard, his research looks into the impact of cultural perspectives on the experience of cognitive screening for dementia. Aside from his work at the core, he is a passionate musician who loves playing and listening to music, and an aspiring world explorer.

Monica Ta - HeadshotMonica Ta , is currently a second-year student enrolled under the Combined Major in Science (CMS) BSc program, which, constructed personally, consists of Chemistry, Life Sciences, and Statistical Sciences. She finds happiness in making others happy; thus, along with her intrinsic curiosities and passion for the sciences, she hopes to improve the well-being and health of people through research. She aspires to become a medical researcher, and she thoroughly enjoy scientific writing and communication. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, such as through aerobics and weightlifting, and exploring nature and the city, which are where she finds both blissfulness and relaxation.

Julia WuJulia Wu , is an undergraduate research assistant at the National Core of Neuroethics under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. Fascinated by mental health and behavioural disorders, she is currently working to complete her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her research project at the Core aims to improve public health knowledge by evaluating the quality of online health information. Outside of research, she enjoys promoting service and leadership through her involvement with Rotary and supporting students as a peer leader in the UBC community. She can be easily spotted around Vancouver trying new food, hiking in the North Vancouver trails, or studying in a downtown Starbucks.

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Alumni

James A. Anderson, Ph.D.
Marcel Arcand, M.D., M. Sc.
Yemi Banjo, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Chris Barbey
Aiste Bartkiene, Ph.D.
Emily Borgelt, B.Sc., M.A.
Elana Brief, Ph.D.
Lindsey Bruce, M.P.A.
Daniel Buchman, Ph.D
Kevin Budiman
Laura Cabrera, Ph.D.
Robert V. Carlson, MBChB, PhD.
Noah Castelo, H.B.Sc.
Neil Chahal, B.Sc., M.H.A.
Michelle Chakraborti, M.Sc.
Eugene Chong
Kevin Comerford, M.F.A., M.I.S.
Jacqueline Davidson, Ph.D.
Nina Di Pietro, Ph.D.
Marleen Eijkholt, Ph.D.
Carole Federico, B.Sc.
Gidon Felsen, Ph.D.
Nick Fitz, B.A.
Alex Garnett, B.A., M.L.I.S.
Konstantin Helmsauer
Karen Jacob, M.Sc.
Mehar Kang
Precilia Kong
Vera Khramova, BA. SC.
Jessica Jun
Kiely Landrigan
Patricia Lau, B.Sc.
Grace Lee, Ph.D.
Sofia Lombera, B.Sc.
Edel McGlanaghy, M.Sc.
Jennifer Mackie, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Selina Mak, B.Com.
Praveena Manogaran
Danny Mendelsohn, M.D.
Ania Mizgalewicz, B.A.
Emily R. Murphy, Ph.D.
Roland Nadler, B.A., M.A.
Chris Ng
Altaira Northe, B.Sc.
Sara Parke, B.A.
Kevin Peters, M.A., Ph.D.
Robin Pierce, J.D., Ph.D.
Heather Piwowar, M.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Umamon Puangthong, M.D.
Joanne Reimer, R.N., M.N.
Mohsen Sadatsafavi, M.D, M.H.Sc.
Kevin Sauve, B.Sc
Christopher Thomas Scott, B.A., M.L.A., Ph.D.
Kimberly Sharpe, M.A.
Shaun Stevenson, M.A.
Aline Tabet, M.Sc.
Kate Tairyan, M.D., M.P.H.
Jason Valerio, M.Sc., M.D.
Ranga Venkatachary, Ph.D.
Sophie Wang, M.P.H.
Louise Whiteley, Ph.D.


Advisors

Scientific Advisory Board

Mary Anne Bobinski, Ph.D., Dean, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia

Michael Burgess, Ph.D., Chair in Biomedical Ethics, Center for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia

Art Caplan, Ph.D., Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics, Director Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health, School of Medicine, New York University

Hervé Chneiweiss, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Neuroscience Paris Seine, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Max Cynader, Ph.D., O.B.C., F.S.C., F.C.A.H.S., Founding Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia

Joseph J. Fins, M.D., F.A.C.P., E. William Davis Professor of Medical Ethics & Chief, Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College

Howard Feldman, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C.), Director, Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study; Professor of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego

Gladys Maestre, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Neurosciences, School of Medicine, University of Zulia Maracaibo

Patricia North, Stakeholder

Anthony Phillips, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., O.C., Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction

Rémi Quirion, Ph.D., O.C., F.R.S.C., C.Q., Scientific Director, Research Centre, Douglas Institute, McGill University


Affiliates

Carol Pauline Anderson, M.D., Since graduating from UBC in 1987 Carol has continued life-long learning by the kindness of her students. She is with an interdisciplinary team piloting i-Ethics; an integrated curriculum (on-line and workshops) for 4000 students in Human & Health Science Programs at UBC; (Medicine, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Dietetics, Midwifery, Audiology/ Speech Language Pathology and Genetic Counseling). Freedom of speech is the gift of sitting at arm’s length as a community member on 3 clinical ethics committees (GF Strong Rehabilitation/George Pearson Centre, Vancouver General and Lions Gate Hospitals). Carol has contributed to ethics frameworks for Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness at Children’s and Women’s Hospitals and a working group for implementation of Medical Assistance in Dying within Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Jehannine Austin, Ph.D., is Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics and Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics.

The overall objective of Dr. Austin’s program of research is to use a clinical genetics perspective to inform the development of novel biological and non-biological interventions to improve outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disorders and to support their families.

Nick Bansback, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia. His research aims to inform policies and practices in health through the application of decision theory. Much of his work to date has focussed on informing resource allocation policy decisions through: measuring and valuing public preferences, and developing decision-analytic models. His emerging research focus seeks to improve decision making at the patient/physician consultation using novel decision support tools based on behavioral economic theory.

Tania Bubela, J.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Research) in the School of Public Health and Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. Prof. Bubela's research focuses on knowledge translation in health, biotechnology and new technologies in biomedicine; on impacts of commercialisation/open science and intellectual property policies on scientific culture as well as knowledge and technology flows in health biotechnology; and on use of commons theory to analyse the institutional development of bioresource and data repositories for biomedical research.

Laura Cabrera, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences in Michigan State University. Dr. Cabrera's interests focus on the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology, in particular when this is used without a clear medical purpose. She has been working on projects that explore the attitudes of the general public toward pharmacological and brain stimulation enhancing interventions, as well as their normative implications. Her current work also focuses on the ethical and social implications of environmental changes for brain and mental health.

Timothy Caulfield, L.L.M., is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Prof. Caulfied's research involve projects that explore the ethical, legal and health policy issues associated with a range of topics, including stem cell research, genetics, patient safety, the prevention of chronic disease, obesity policy, the commercialization of research, complementary and alternative medicine and access to health care.

Jennifer Chandler, L.L.M., is a Bertram Loeb Research Chair and Full Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches mental health law and neuroethics, medical legal issues, tort law, and legal philosophy.  Her research  focuses on the law and ethics of neuroscience and other advances in biology and medicine.  Specific research projects relate to legal issues related to memory, the use of neuroscientific and behavioural genetic evidence in Canadian courts, the law and ethics of legally-coerced consent to medical treatment, organ donation policy and the impact of the popularization of neuroscience on end of life decision-making and public support for organ donation, and the law and ethics of scientific inquiry and restrictions on scientific research.

Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D, is a research neuroscientist interested in how the brain processes information about pain and nociception.  Eric received his Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington (1985), did his postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD (1986-1989) and worked as an instructor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA (1989-1991). He is currently a research associate professor in the Departments of Bioengineering, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and the Graduate Program of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of Washington.   Recently he became the executive director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.  Eric also works with other neuroscientists and classroom teachers to develop educational materials to help young students learn about the brain.

Susan Cox, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at UBC. Dr. Cox specializes in qualitative health research and is currently conducting research on the meaning and experience of being a human subject in health research and, more recently, on the use of arts-based methods in health research. Dr. Cox serves on the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the Ethics Task Force for the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. When times permits, she writes poetry and is an aspiring pastry chef.

Gidon Felsen, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Physiology and Biophysics Department and an associate faculty member in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and a Faculty Scholar of the Greenwall Foundation's Program in Bioethics . His laboratory studies the neural mechanisms of decision making using electrophysiological, behavioral, molecular, and quantitative approaches. His related interest in bioethics starts from the observation that people make predictably poor decisions in particular contexts. A range of strategies has been proposed to help people improve these sorts of decisions. Dr. Felsen’s research examines how the ethics and the efficacy of these “decisional enhancement” strategies can be informed by what we know about how the brain makes decisions, and how this impact our conception of autonomy.

Dan Goldowitz, Ph.D., is Senior Scientist at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, University of British Columbia, Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics, and Scientific Director of NeuroDevNet. Dr. Goldowitz has pioneered approaches to ascertain the function of genes in brain and behaviour, and was a leading force in organizing researchers across the State of Tennessee in forming the Tennessee Mouse Genome Consortium which won one of three National Institute’s of Health awards with Dr. Goldowitz as Principal Investigator. These and other successes led the University of Tennessee to award Dr. Goldowitz an endowed chair of Neurosciences at UTHSC. Since his move to UBC, Dr. Goldowitz has maintained strong NIH- , CIHR- and foundation-funded research programs in the genetics of brain development and function, culminating in the establishment in 2009 of NeuroDevNet, a Networks of Centres of Excellence.

Anita Ho, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, specializing in bioethics and research ethics.  She is particularly interested in various concepts of trust and autonomy, health-care access and disparity, physician-patient relationship, minority care experience, decision-making models, cross-cultural ethics, disability and mental health ethics, and human rights issues.  Her work in these areas has been supported by both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).  In addition to her position at the Centre, she is currently the Director of Ethics Services for Providence Health Care and associate chair/ethicist for the UBC Behavioral Research Ethics Board.

Michael Krausz M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C., is Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of British Columbia  Dr. Krausz pioneered large-scale studies regarding mental illness among intravenous drug users, in particular the German Heroin trial, the largest randomized clinical trial in addiction research in Europe. Dr. Krausz has founded and edited two scientific journals: European Addiction Research and Suchttherapie. With over 290 publications to date, Dr. Krausz was selected as the first Providence BC Leadership Chair for Addiction Research in 2005. He served on Senior Research Advisory Board from CCSA, the Research Advisory Council of the Michael Smith Foundation, the Kaiser foundation and as Co Chair of the Collaboration for Change in Vancouver.

Brian K. Kwon, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics – Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kwon’s research interests focus on spinal cord injury, biomarkers, clinical trials, neuroprotection, spine surgery and translational research.

Michelle LeBaron, M.A., is a dispute resolution scholar and Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia. She is an award-winning teacher whose current work focuses on how creative and expressive arts transform conflicts across cultures and foster resilience. With advanced degrees in law and psychotherapy, Michelle’s interdisciplinary and accessible books span diverse practice and geographical contexts. Titles include Bridging Troubled Waters, Bridging Cultural Conflict, Conflict Across Cultures and the forthcoming Why Movement Matters on somatic intelligence and conflict. Previously, Professor LeBaron served on faculty at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Ralph Matthews, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Matthews’ primary research interests focus on the relationship between social change and economic development at a community and regional level, and in assessing the ways in which public policy influences that relationship.

Saskia Nagel, Ph.D., is assistant professor for Philosophy and Ethics of Technology at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente, Netherlands. Saskia's work is at the intersection of ethics, philosophy, life sciences (in particular neurosciences and cognitive science), and technologies. She has developed approaches to individual and societal challenges in a technological culture, with a focus on the ethical, anthropological, and social consequences of neuroscientific progress. She is particularly interested in how technologies influence our self-understanding, and how they impact our understanding and perception of autonomy and responsibility. Saskia combines research in applied ethics with philosophy of mind and philosophy of technology and involves studies on the public understanding of sciences and technological advances. She seeks to understand how emerging (neuro-) technologies help or hinder us flourish throughout life. Her collaboration with Dr. Reiner focuses upon Technologies of the Extended Mind.

Tim Oberlander, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., Professor (Tenure) in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and Co-Head of the Developmental Neurosciences & Child Health at the Child & Family Research Institute. Dr. Oberlander's main areas of research focus on the developmental effects of prenatal psychotropic medication exposure; biobehavioral neural gradients in child development and community context; and pain and children with developmental disabilities.

Adrian Owen, Ph.D., is the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at The Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, Canada. Dr. Owen's research combines neuroimaging (MRI and EEG), with cognitive studies in brain-injured patients and healthy participants. He studies patients who have sustained brain injuries that result in disorders of consciousness. He also studies patients with neurodegenerative diseases in order to understand more about the causes and consequences of the memory, perception and reasoning problems that many of them experience. Finally, Dr. Owen develops web-based tools for the assessment of cognitive function, both in healthy participants and in patients with disorders of the brain.

Taylor Owen is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian International Council's international affairs platform OpenCanada.org, the Director of the International Relations and Digital Technology Project, an international research project exploring the intersection of information technology and international affairs, and the Research Director of the Munk Debates. His research and writing focuses on the intersection between information technology and international affairs, and he collaborates with Dr. Reiner on projects that examine governance of algorithms.

Eric Racine, Ph.D., is Director of the Neuroethics Research Unit and Associate Research Professor at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal. He also holds academic appointments at the University of Montréal (Medicine and Bioethics) and McGill University (Biomedical ethics, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Medicine). Dr. Racine's research interests span a range of topics and methods with the goal of developing a pragmatic framework for bioethics based on empirical research and exploring its implications in concrete questions related to the ethical application of neuroscience in research, patient care, and public policy.

Edie Rasmussen, Ph.D., M.L.S., is Professor and Chair of School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Rasmussen’s research interests focus on digital libraries, data mining, bibliometrics and information retrieval in text, multimedia, and web environments.

Urs Ribary, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and BC LEEF Leadership Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in Childhood Health and Development and professor at Simon Fraser University. He also holds faculty appointments in Pediatrics and Psychiatry at UBC, and is the director of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Institute (BCNI) at SFU. His mission is to initiate and facilitate multimodal brain imaging research across disciplines and institutions to better understand the underlying neurophysiology of the human brain in health and disease. Especially, he is interested to incorporate functional brain network connectivity dynamics with structural and functional brain imaging to better characterize and quantify the detailed structural, functional and temporal connectivity and its alterations in cognitive disabilities and neuro-psychiatric pathologies including traumatic brain injury. The goal is to amplify team efforts towards translational objective neuro-diagnostic procedures for the human brain, to allow better monitoring and development of cognitive, pharmacological and surgical interventional strategies.

Christopher Thomas Scott, Ph.D., M.L.A., is the Dalton Tomlin Chair in Health Policy, Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics, and Health Policy and the Associate Director of Health Policy at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. He is an emeritus faculty of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics and former founding director of the Program on Stem Cells in Society. His research centers on the ethical, legal, and social implications of new biotechnologies.

David Silver, Ph.D.,holds the Chair in Business and Professional Ethics in the W. Maurice Young Centre in Applied Ethics and the Sauder School Business. He has done work in collective and corporate responsibility and the connections between applied ethics and basic moral theory. His current work is on the proper role of business in democratic society.

Elizabeth M. Simpson, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC. Dr. Simpson is Project Leader for the Genome BC “CanEuCre: Genomic Resources Advancing Therapies for Brain Disorders”, which aims to develop new cre resources, a project that also incorporates research into the perceptions of gene therapy from online social media, led by Dr. Judy Illes.

The overall goal of Dr. Simpson’s research program is to use genetically engineered mouse models to understand and improve treatment for human brain and behaviour disorders. Her approach is to study the genetics, behaviour, neurogenesis, and genome-wide transcription in mouse models of brain disorders. The expectation is that a clearer understanding of abnormal behaviour and brain pathologies in humans will lead to new and improved therapeutic strategies for these devastating conditions.

Hendrik F. M. Van der Loos, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Van der Loos’ research interests are robotics (rehabilitation robotics, human-robot interaction, design for safety), design methodology and design coaching, and roboethics.

Lawrence Ward, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Ward’s research interests focus on cognitive neuroscience of attention and consciousness with special emphasis on EEG and MEG studies of neuronal synchronization; psychophysics, biophysics and general theory of stochastic resonance; psychophysics and cognitive neuroscience of tinnitusl; neural plasticity; nonlinear dynamical systems theory and its applications in cognitive neuroscience.