Brain Awareness Week – Annual Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture


Medical Aid in Dying in Canada – Where are we and where are we going?
Jennifer A. Chandler, LLM, Bertram Loeb Research Chair and Professor, Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Prof. Jennifer A. Chandler is a Professor of Law and holder of the Bertram Loeb Research Chair at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics. She specializes in the ethics and law of emerging medical knowledge, practices, and technologies including the brain sciences and regenerative medicine.

Comments by:

  • Hervé Chneiweiss, MD, PhD,Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA


Tuesday, March 13, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch in Downtown)
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 6B1
(Corner of W Georgia St, and Homer St.)

Nearly two years after the start of medical aid in dying in Canada, many questions remain about the meaning and scope of the law. Who is in and who is out? What about organ donation after medical aid in dying? This seismic shift in the social and medical landscape continues to be controversial, with ongoing court challenges to the law, and strong opinions on all sides over whether Canada has got it right.

Audience questions from the event are published here: link.


The lights are off; is anyone home? The ethics of hidden consciousness
Thomas I. Cochrane MD, MBA, Associate Neurologist and Senior Ethics Consultant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of Neuroethics, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Salons)
650 Hamilton St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 5N6


















Careful what you wish for: who will pay for the new drugs that delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease?
Serge Gauthier, C.M., M.D., F.R.C.P.C., Director, AD & Related Disorders Research Unit, McGill Center for Studies in Aging, Douglas Mental Health Research Institute; Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Medicine, McGill University

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Performance Theatre, Level 2, The Nest
6133 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1 (map)




Rethinking Depression and Its Treatment: Perspectives from Studies of Deep Brain Stimulation
Helen S. Mayberg, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology, Dorothy Fuqua Chair in Psychiatry Imaging and Therapeutics, Emory University

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Rudy North Lecture Theatre, Rm 101, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, 2215 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3 (map)














Big Data Meets Brain Science: The New Frontier
Bartha Knoppers, Ph.D., Professor, McGill University

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6:30 PM
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1L6

This event is part of Brain Matters! Vancouver. For more details, please visit

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Ethics of Research With Brain-Impaired Adults Who Cannot Consent
Scott Kim, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director – Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
4:00 PM
Brain Research Centre Conference Room, Koerner Pavilion, UBC Hospital, 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, V6T 2B5