Career and Research Opportunities

Invitation to participate in a 15-minute survey about Alzheimer’s disease

We are currently conducting a research study to better understand the strengths and areas of improvement of the First Link® dementia support program.

You can participate in the 15-minute survey even if you’ve never used First Link® services before!

About First Link®

First Link® dementia support connects people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, their caregivers and their families to support and learning at any stage of the journey. The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s focus is supporting British Columbians affected by dementia.

To participate, or for more information

Email: Mallorie Tam at

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Julie Robillard
Department of Neurology
The University of British Columbia

Invitation to participate in a focus group about assistive technologies

  • Are you 50 years old or older?
  • Do you use technology to help you in your daily life? (e.g., hearing aids, cane, wheelchair, tablet, mobile apps etc.)

We want to hear from you!

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a focus group to share your views on assistive technology. The time commitment is 1.5 – 2 hours.

In appreciation of your time, you will receive a $25 gift card.

For more information, please contact Kat Kabacinska, Research Assistant at

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Julie Robillard
Department of Neurology
The University of British Columbia

Invitation to participate in a research study on creating user-centered, customized assistive technologies

Are you ages 50+?
We want to hear from you!

Researchers at the Centre for Brain Health at UBC are seeking adults for a study on creating user-centered, customized assistive technologies.

You are eligible to participate in our study if you:

    • Are ages 50 and up
    • Speak English fluently

For more information or to volunteer for this study, please contact:
Annika Ang, Research Assistant, at or 604-875-2000 ext. 6723.

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Julie Robillard, PhD
Department of Neurology
The University of British Columbia

Seeking survey participants for study on views on online information about Alzheimer disease and related dementias

The UBC National Core for Neuroethics is interested in learning about your views on online information about Alzheimer disease and related dementias. If you are aged 55 or older and have sought online health information about Alzheimer disease or dementia at least once, we cordially invite you to participate in our short phone interview. The interview should take about 20 minutes to complete.

If you are interested in participating in our interviews, please contact Tanya Feng, Research Assistant at the National Core for Neuroethics at

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Post-doctoral Research in Bioethics at KU Leuven's Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law

A successful candidate will be selected to work on a research project coordinated by the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law (an interdisciplinary centre that performs research on ethical and societal issues with regard to innovations in biomedical research and health care, Staff members of this center publish their work in international peer reviewed journals, participate in national and international research projects, and provide advice to academic and professional organizations.

A post-doctoral researcher will be hired on a bilateral Flanders (Belgium) - Canada project funded through the Research Foundation Flanders on the ethical aspects related to the research use of crowdsourced medical data for biomedical research. Smartphone applications for health are being increasingly used as a platform for collecting and sharing large volumes of crowdsourced personal health data for biomedical research and algorithm training. Consumer genetics products are similarly allowing individuals to have direct access to their own genetic data and to share such data with researchers. Using smartphone and genetic data in these ways presents numerous opportunities to expand biomedical knowledge, though it also raises certain risks. Some of these include risks to personal privacy and risks associated with unclear ethical and legal obligations on the part of app developers and researchers. In this project, we aim to mitigate these risks by determining how smartphone applications and other mobile tools that collect health data work in practice and by addressing legal, ethical, and regulatory uncertainty, comparing the situation as it exists in Canada and Belgium. We will use this evidence to develop health policy guidelines that will enable smartphone data to be used safely, in a manner that protects users and the public. In doing so, we will assure that such data will contribute to improved health outcomes by expanding biomedical knowledge and making health more effective and efficient.


  • PhD in law, philosophy, bioethics, sociology, biomedical sciences, or a relevant other discipline
  • An outstanding record of undergraduate and master's degree work;
  • Highly motivated candidate with strong interest in the ethical and social aspects of biomedical innovations and a demonstrable interest in the project;
  • Experience with empirical qualitative methods in the social and health sciences (e.g., document analysis, interviews)
  • Proven proficiency in English, both written and orally.
  • Good publication record
  • Strong writing and analytical skills;
  • Good communication and organization skills;
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Capacity to work both as an independent researcher and as part of a team;
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary context;
  • Willingness to participate in the global functioning of the research center (e.g. in supervision, occasional teaching, project proposal writing)

We are offering a full time appointment (100%) as a post-doctoral researcher for a period of 2 years, within the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law (Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven). The starting date can be negotiated.

For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Pascal Borry, tel.: +32 16 37 95 17, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than March 31, 2021 via the online application tool
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at

(ref. BAP-2021-185)

Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics - Elsevier Press

Proposals for cutting edge topics in Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics are now being sought. The following topics are of special interest, but all will be considered equally based on the strength of the volume editor or editor group, and the proposed table of contents:

  • Environmental Neuroethics
  • Public and Global Mental Health
  • Advances in Neurotechnology
  • Neuroethics Policy for Children and Youth
  • Placebo and Addiction Neuroethics
  • Do-it-Yourself and Take-it-Yourself NeuroTools
  • Educational Strategies in Contemporary Neuroethics, Bioethics, and Biomedicine

For more information or to submit your proposal, please send a short abstract that describes the objectives of the volume and a table of
contents to: Dr. Judy Illes (, Neuroethics Canada, UBC.

Visiting Scholars Program

We welcome visiting scholars to conduct research and collaborate with the members of the National Core for Neuroethics. Please contact our Faculty members for details.

Current Scholar/s:

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Recent Scholars:

    • Hervé Chneiweiss, M.D., Ph.D.,Head, Neuroscience, Paris Seine Laboratory, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Inserm/Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France
    • Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P., Chief, Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, USA
    • Lesley McBain, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    • Elena Moro, M.D., Professor, Joseph Fourier University - CHU Grenoble, Grenoble, France
    • Saskia Nagel, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Changing Brains, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany
    • Alexandra Olmos Perez, M.Sc., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    • Osamu Sakura, Ph.D., Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies/Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
    • Adam Shriver, Ph.D., Center for Neuroscience and Society, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
    • Dan Stein, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    • Louise Whiteley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • John Noel M. Viaña, M.Sc., University of Tasmania (Hobart, Australia)
    • Anna Schmitt, University of Luxembourg