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Neuroethics Questions to Guide Ethical Research in the International Brain Initiatives

Authors: Global Neuroethics Summit Delegates: Karen S. Rommelfanger, Sung-Jin Jeong, Arisa Ema, Tamami Fukushi, Kiyoto Kasai, Khara M. Ramos, Arleen Salles, Ilina Singh Increasingly, national governments across the globe are prioritizing investments in neuroscience. Currently, seven active or in-development national-level brain research initiatives exist, spanning four continents. Engaging with the underlying values and ethical concerns […]

Dr. Fabio Rossi and Dr. Judy Illes: A consensus is building on how to move forward on stem cells

On Sept. 26, a small group representing both these communities from Canada and the U.S., as well as the government, gathered in Vancouver to identify common values in the arena of stem-cell therapies, and agree on principles to move forward. Click the title to read more.

Congratulations to Dr. Jehannine Austin, Neuroethics Scientific Advisory Board member, on being recognized at the 2018 Faculty of Medicine Awards!

Neuroethics Canada congratulates Dr. Jehannine Austin (Neuroethics Canada Scientific Advisory Board member) for receiving the following recognitions at the 2018 Faculty of Medicine Awards: Distinguished Achievement – Excellence in Education UBC Killam Teaching Prize                       For a full list of the 2018 Award Recipients, please […]

Principlism on a Pedestal: Rethinking priorities in ethics education

As I begin my career as a medical student at the University of British Columbia, I find myself in a unique position. Having already studied, worked, and researched in the field of bioethics, I have had the privilege of being exposed to a wide array of literature and perspectives that have helped me form my […]

Neuroethics Canada awarded funds to develop strategy for evaluating new treatment options for pediatric epilepsy

The National Institute of Mental Health, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has awarded a three-year, $750,000 grant to the team, which also includes Dr. Mary Connolly and Dr. Mark Harrison in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Click the title to read more.

UBC-led team will develop strategy for navigating new treatment options for pediatric epilepsy

A team led by Professor of Neurology Judy Illes and Professor of Surgery Patrick McDonald will explore ethical issues confronting families and clinicians when considering new treatment options for drug-resistant epilepsy in children. Click the title to read more.

Can Zapping People’s Brains Really Reduce Violent Behavior?

A controversial new study found a noninvasive form of brain stimulation may reduce a person’s likelihood to engage in aggressive acts. But should it be used? Click the title to read more.

Balancing the Advantages of Technology With Patient Experience

Computer software is transforming much of the medical world. When it comes to computerized testing of brain health, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute scientist Dr. Julie Robillard says software designers need to do a better job of putting the emotional needs of patients first. Click the title to read more.

Understanding our patients’ experiences to provide meaningful care: Q&A with Dr. Julie Robillard

For Dr. Julie Robillard, “patient experience” encompasses everything from the treatments a patient receives, to how they access specialists and health information, to how they are engaged in their own care. Click the title to read more.

New paper offers smart guidelines for developing tech tools for older adults

“There are a lot of technology solutions that have the potential to help older adults, and people with dementia and their caregivers,” says Dr. Julie Robillard. “The problem is, most of them don’t get used. Technology that stays on the shelf doesn’t benefit anyone.” Click the title to read more.