Neuroethics for the Neurosciences

June 15, 2021
9:00AM PST/12:00AM EST

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Neuroethical thinking has been increasingly incorporated into neuroscience discovery, translation, and commercialization over the past 20 years. We will discuss how this growth has occurred using case examples from neuroimaging and other modalities. We will also look to the future where interdisciplinary and intersectional alignment of the life sciences and humanities on the diverse world landscape will become even more important than ever before.

Dr. Illes is Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at UBC. She is Director of Neuroethics Canada, and faculty in the Centre for Brain Health and at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. She received her PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences, and in Neuropsychology at Stanford University, and became one of the pioneers of the field of neuroethics formally established in early 2000. Dr. Illes’ research, teaching and outreach initiatives are devoted to ethical, legal, social and policy challenges at the intersection of the brain sciences and biomedical ethics. She has made groundbreaking contributions to neuroethical thinking for neuroscience discovery and clinical translation specifically in the areas of neuroimaging, and neuromodulation across the lifespan, more broadly to entrepreneurship and the commercialization of health care. Dr. Illes is co-Lead of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2012 and appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2017, the highest award for citizens in her country.