Dr. Judy Illes
Judy Illes, CM, PHD

Dr. Judy Illes, CM, is Professor of Neurology, Distinguished University Scholar and Director of Neuroethics Canada at UBC. Dr. Illes 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 held the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics from 2007-2021, and  is a Life Member of Clare Hall at Cambridge University.

As a pioneer in the field of neuroethics, Dr. Illes has made groundbreaking research, scholarly and educational contributions to the ethical, social, and policy challenges at the intersection of biomedical ethics and neuroscience.

Dr. Illes is Co-Lead of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy, Vice Chair of the Internal Advisory Board of CIHR's Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, and a Director-at-Large of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Dr. Illes is an inaugural member of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Leadership Forum, and 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. Dr. Illes was appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest awards to its citizens, in 2017.

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Julie M. Robillard, PhD

Dr. Julie Robillard is Assistant Professor of Neurology at UBC, and faculty 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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Dr. Patrick McDonald

Patrick McDonald MD, MHSc, FRCSC

Dr. Patrick 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 BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. After completing his MD and neurosurgery training at the University of Toronto (U of T), Dr. McDonald obtained a Master’s 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 in the adoption of novel neurosurgical procedures. He is the President of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society and a member of the Neurosurgery Specialty and Examination Committees of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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B. Lynn Beattie BW

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.

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Students, Postdocs, Researchers, and Staff

Armaghan (Army) Alam is currently a medical student at the University of British Columbia. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at McGill University in Honours Anatomy and Cell Biology during which time he researched synucleinopathy genetics. His passion for neurosciences and the fundamental importance of ethics in the field drew him to Neuroethics Canada where he will be researching the perceptions of genetic testing for epilepsy. In his free time, he enjoys going for runs and learning how to play the ukulele.

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Marianne Claire Bacani, BA, CMP, is an Events Director at Neuroethics Canada, University of British Columbia (UBC). Marianne received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at UBC in 2012. She obtained her Certified Meeting Professional designation from the Events Industry Council in 2019. In addition to managing all aspects of event planning, including communications, production, and guest engagement, Marianne also oversees finance, administrative, general communications, graphic design, and basic human-resource related matters at Neuroethics Canada. She brings her passion for community engagement to her active work with local non-profit organizations who promote the performing arts, citizenship, health literacy, and the empowerment of women.

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Katherine Bailey, BHSc, is a medical student at the University of British Columbia’s Northern Medical Program. She completed her Bachelor of Health Science Honours at the University of Northern British Columbia, studying adolescent cognition and vitamin D. Her previous research has focused on occupational and rural health. Katherine’s passion for ethics, neuroscience and health technology led her to pursue research in neuroethics. For enjoyment, Katherine can often be found exploring British Columbia’s beautiful backcountry.

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Katherine Bassil will soon be graduating with a Research Masters degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (Fundamental Neuroscience) from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She will soon start her PhD in Neuroscience at Maastricht University. She has gained great interest in the ethics of neuroscience (neuroethics) throughout her studies and has attempted to integrate it in her work whenever possible. That is what drove her to work with Dr. Judy as the Editorial Assistant to Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics (Elsevier Press). Katherine hopes continue to bridge the fields of neuroscience and neuroethics in her career and inspire others to see the importance of such an effort.

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Quinn Boyle, BHK, is a current MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Paul van Donkelaar and in collaboration with Dr. Illes. His research surrounds the intersection of neuroethics and neurolaw with traumatic brain injury in survivors of intimate partner violence. Quinn’s experience in mental health care environments as well as traumatic brain injury recovery led to his special interest in the ethical considerations of healthcare. In his free time, you can find Quinn on the golf course, on the ski slopes, or in the gym.

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Mel Cevizci, is a fourth-year undergraduate in UBC’s B.Sc. Behavioural Neuroscience program and is interested in the clinical use of novel neurointervention techniques. In her spare time, Mel enjoys reading and perfecting her latte art at the local Blue Chip Cafe.

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Lydia Feng, is a fourth year student completing an interdisciplinary degree in neuroscience and immunology, with a minor in Health and Society. She is interested in research on global health and addressing ethical concerns in relation to maternal and child health. Her interests in studying brain disorders and inequities in healthcare led her to join Neuroethics Canada. Currently, she is assisting Ashley Lawson on creating a mapping initiative with the CBRS. In her free time, you can find Lydia walking her corgi around Vancouver, biking, painting, and binging Netflix shows!

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Louise Harding, BSc has been a Research Assistant with Neuroethics Canada since October 2019. She is currently completing an MSc in Population and Public Health at UBC with supervision from Dr. Judy Illes and advising from Dr. Malcolm King. Her Master’s research is funded by  a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Award (May 2021-Apr 2022) and a W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics Graduate Fellowship (Sept 2021-Aug 2022). With a combined background in neuroscience, Indigenous studies and non-profit work, she brings strong interests in health justice and decolonization to her research as a second-generation Canadian settler.

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Ashley Lawson, BScH, is a Knowledge Translation Specialist at Neuroethics Canada. With a focus on bringing research and practice closer together, she has been working on a broad range of projects with both Neuroethics Canada and the Canadian Brain Research Strategy. Her current research efforts are directed at pediatric epilepsy, neuro-patent law, neuroscience youth outreach, and the Canadian neuroscience community. Her early training in cognitive neuroscience at Queen’s University combined with her passion for equitable and ethical healthcare led her to field of Neuroethics, where she happily remains to this day. Outside of the lab, Ashley enjoys combat sports, hiking, and baking.

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Vyshu Manohara is a third-year undergraduate student in UBC's Biology program also pursuing a minor in Law and Society. She is currently supporting Louise Harding and Caterina Marra's project exploring indigenous perspectives surrounding the brain and the mind. Her interests lie in the accessibility of medical aid around the world as well as the ethical and health policies that govern it. In her free time, she enjoys painting, embroidery, and binge-watching baking shows!
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 height=Anna Nuechterlein is a recent graduate from McGill University, where she studied Honours Cognitive Neuroscience and Economics. She garnered a passion for the intersection of law and brain sciences through a Neuorethics course she TA'd for during her degree. At Neuroethics Canada, she works as a research assistant, overseeing the initiative Ethics for UBC and assisting with the International Neuroethics Patent Initiative, as well as an administrative clerk. Anna enjoys painting, running outside, singing, and reading in her spare time.
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Jason Randhawa, MD is a senior neurology resident based out of Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed his Medical Degree in the Southern Medical Program distributed site of UBC in his hometown Kelowna, BC. He has also obtained a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, where his major was neuroscience. His research interests include management of chronic neuropathic pain and drug-resistant epilepsy. Currently, he is completing a neuroethics project, on managing waitlists for epilepsy monitoring units, as part of a Neurologist-In-Training Clinical Ethics Elective awarded by the AAN. In his spare time, he enjoys long-boarding around Vancouver and spending time throughout rural BC.

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Ari Rotenberg is a fourth-year undergraduate in UBC's Cognitive Systems program, and is currently supporting Viorica Hrincu's project to provide more accessible information on epilepsy treatment technologies for patients and physicians. He is interested in how we interact with and adopt new medical and health technologies. In his free time, Ari enjoys reading and gardening, and can usually be found on campus at Hillel BC.

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Miles Schaffrick (he/him) is a fourth-year undergraduate student in UBC's Honours Political Science program as well as the Law & Society minor. Miles' primary research interests lie in the rapidly developing field of health politics. As such, Miles' research broadly examines how political actors and institutions influence topics of significance to health. With an additional background and interest in Indigenous health, Miles supports Neuroethics Canada's Indigenous research initiatives. In his spare time, Miles enjoys exploring new restaurants and baking desserts to satisfy his sweet tooth.

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Marianne Claire Bacani, BA, CMP, is an Events Director at Neuroethics Canada, University of British Columbia (UBC). Marianne received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at UBC in 2012. She obtained her Certified Meeting Professional designation from the Events Industry Council in 2019. In addition to managing all aspects of event planning, including communications, production, and guest engagement, Marianne also oversees finance, administrative, general communications, graphic design, and basic human-resource related matters at Neuroethics Canada. She brings her passion for community engagement to her active work with local non-profit organizations who promote the performing arts, citizenship, health literacy, and the empowerment of women.

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Jill Dosso, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow in Neurology in the NEST. She is interested in how people perceive and interact with social robotics and other new technologies. She will be working with families to think about how we can build social devices that are both ethical and helpful, with a special focus on children with anxiety. In her PhD work in Neuroscience at UBC, she studied how our interactions with technology are shaped by our larger social context -- our relationships with others and what we think our actions might communicate to them. Her publication list can be seen here. She also loves to think and write about how babies learn and can be found on Twitter and by email.

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Gabriella Guerra is a Work Learn student in the Neuroscience, Engagement, and Smart Tech (NEST) Lab under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cognitive Systems at the University of British Columbia. Her interests lie in the intersection of technology and health, and she aims to explore how technology can be used to ethically assist in patient care and recovery. After work and school, Gabriella enjoys hiking, writing, and cycling.
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Viorica Hrincu, MSc is a research assistant at Neuroethics Canada. Her early training was a BSc in Honours Cell Biology at the University of Alberta. She then studied in the Cognitive Systems program at UBC, and later received her MSc in Neuroethics through the Interdisciplinary Studies program. Viorica is interested in all things technology and ethics, especially involving the brain. Currently, her focus is on regulations and decision-making surrounding emerging technologies both in the workplace and in health care. In her free time, Viorica reads poetry, learns French, and enjoys beautiful Vancouver.

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Yu Fei Jiang is a research assistant at the NEST lab, supporting Mallorie Tam's evaluation of the Alzheimer Society of B.C's First Link dementia support program and Viorica Hrincu's project aiming to create an ethical framework for social media use in dementia prevention trials. She is currently completing her third year of a Bachelor of Science degree, studying Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. Her interests lie in the interaction and implications of technology use in patient care and neuroscience research. Outside of the lab, you can find Yu Fei sitting somewhere cozy with a cup of milk tea and either her nose in a book, or hand scribbling away at her latest sketch.
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Katarzyna Kabacinska, BA is an graduate research assistant at Neuroethics Canada under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. She completed a BA in Cognitive Systems at UBC and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science program in Experimental Medicine. Her interests lie in the ethics of human-computer interactions. Specifically, she’s interested in the use of socially assistive robots in support of mental health. In the future she would like to contribute to research in ethics of intelligent assistive technology. In her free time, she enjoys reading and role-playing games.
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Jaya Kailley is a Work Learn Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard in the NEST Lab. She is pursuing an Integrated Sciences degree (BSc) in Behavioural Neuroscience and Physiology at the University of British Columbia. Her interests include improving brain health, treating neurological and psychiatric disorders, and improving patient experience. Outside of work, Jaya enjoys playing the piano, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
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Anna Riminchan is a research assistant for Neuroethics Canada under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard, as a Work-Learn student at the NEST Lab. Anna is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science Degree. She is majoring in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. In the meantime, she is contributing to advancing research in neuroscience and works to teach young children English and Science. She is working on investigating the usability of social robots in pediatric care, particularly in patients experiencing anxiety. In the future, she plans to pursue a degree in medicine. Anna hopes to aid in generating new knowledge through research and is proud to continue passing on this knowledge by exciting students about learning through her teaching work. Outside of school, work, and research, you can find Anna working on her latest art piece!

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Mallorie Tam, BSc is a research assistant at Neuroethics Canada under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. She received her BSc in Mental Health Science and Sociology at the University of Toronto in 2015. Since graduating, Mallorie has lived and worked in London, England and came to Vancouver, BC in 2017. Her interests include improving patient experience and engagement in health care systems as well as raising awareness about mental health issues in younger and older adults. Her main project focuses on evaluating the Alzheimer Society of B.C's First Link dementia support program. Outside of work, you can spark up a conversation with Mallorie about travelling, trying new places to eat, and NBA Basketball.

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Julia Wu, BSc is a research assistant at Neuroethics Canada under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. She completed her BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience and Public Health at the University of British Columbia in 2020. Her interests include exploring the role of social media on mental health and improving the patient experience at BC Children's and Women's Hospital and beyond. In her free time, you can find Julia travelling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.

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Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board

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., Chair, International Bioethics Committee (UNESCO), and Director, Neuroscience Paris Seine, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

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

Judith G. Hall, O.C., M.D., Professor Emerita, Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia

Patricia North, Community Stakeholder

Anthony Phillips, C.M., Ph.D., F.R.S.C., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

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

Catherine Roome, P.Eng. FEC ICD.D, President and Chief Executive Officer, Technical Safety BC

Scientific Advisory Board - Alumni

Jehannine Austin, Ph.D., M.Sc., C.C.G.C./C.G.C., Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics, Department of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia

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

Michael Burgess, Ph.D., Professor and Chair in Biomedical Ethics, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Max Cynader, Ph.D., O.B.C., F.S.C., F.C.A.H.S., Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columb

Howard Feldman, M.D., F.R.C.P., Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Gladys Maestre, M.D., Ph.D., Director, RGV Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research, University of Texas


Carol Pauline Anderson, M.D., is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine. 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.

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 Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Chair in Neuroethics at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Cabrera's interests focus on brain science and neural engineering, neuroethics (ethical, social, and policy implications of neuroscience advances and neurotechnologies).

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.

Winston Chiong, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Memory and Aging Center. A behavioral neurologist and neuroethicist by training, Dr. Chiong’s research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy, clinical medicine and cognitive neuroscience. His current projects concern the influence of aging and disease on brain structures involved in financial and medical decisions, and the ethical implications of novel neurotechnologies that modulate brain function. Dr. Chiong is also the Associate Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy, Co-Chair of the UCSF Department of Neurology Diversity Committee, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology’s Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee and the Neuroethics Working Group of the NIH BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Multi-Council Working Group.

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.

Mary Connolly M.B., B.Ch., F.R.C.P.(C.), F.R.C.P.(I.), F.R.C.P.(Edin.) , is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology) at UBC, Head of Pediatric Neurology, Director of The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and a Clinician Investigator at BC Children’s Hospital. She graduated in medicine from Trinity College Dublin and completed residency in internal medicine and pediatrics in Ireland. Dr. Connolly trained in pediatric neurology and epilepsy at UBC followed by epilepsy fellowship at The Children’s Hospital, Boston/Harvard Medical School. Her clinical and research interests include outcomes following epilepsy surgery in children, tuberous sclerosis complex, Dravet syndrome and psychiatric co-morbidity in children with epilepsy. Other interests include telehealth to improve access to epilepsy care in BC and integration of next generation genetic testing to improve neurologic outcomes in children with epilepsy. She was Co-Chair of the Canadian Pediatric Epilepsy Network from 2013 to 2017 and is past President of the Canadian Association of Child Neurologists. Dr. Connolly received the inaugural Clinical Practice and Advocacy Award from the CLAE in 2015.

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.

Mark J. Harrison, Ph.D. , is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He leads the Initiative for Sustainable Health Care, a program of health economics and outcomes research focused on the appropriate treatment of people with chronic diseases and the evaluation of policy interventions. Dr. Harrison is also a Scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, and an Affiliate of Arthritis Research Canada. Before moving to Canada, Dr. Harrison was a Senior Research Fellow at Manchester Centre for Health Economics at the University of Manchester. He started his career working at the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit, also at the University of Manchester, where he completed his PhD in 2008.

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.

George Ibrahim, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.S.C., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. He is a pediatric neurosurgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Ibrahim's research lab focuses on brain connectomics in children with epilepsy with a view towards understanding and modulating network impairments in affected children. He is interested in ethical issues in surgical decision-making and the translation of novel biomarkers to clinical care.

David Kaplan, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute and Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto.  A native New Yorker, he was formerly a laboratory head at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, Head of the Brain Tumor Research Centre at McGill University, Head of the Cancer Research Program at SickKids, and science chair of Brain Canada. Dr. Kaplan shares a lab with his wife, Dr. Freda Miller, working on how stem cells build and maintain the brain and influence cognition, and discovering drugs that mobilize our stem cells to enhance and repair the aging and injured brain and skin, and to treat childhood cancers.  He is best known for co-discovering the signalling protein PI3-kinase (Cell 1987) and discovering the Trk/Nerve Growth Factor receptor when his lab was at the NIH (Nature, Science 1990). He has published almost 200 research papers with over 40,000 citations.Dr. Kaplan, with Dr. Miller, founded the biotechnology companies Aegera Therapeutics and Reveille Inc. to bring their research discoveries in the cancer, nerve degeneration and stem cell fields to the clinic. Dr. Kaplan moved to Canada 20 years ago, attracted to the promised land of collaboration, great trainees, and perfect weather.

Lauren E. Kelly, Ph.D., C.C.R.P., is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pedaitrics and Child Health and Pharmacology at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Kelly is the Scientific Director for the Canadian Childhood Cannabinoid Clinical Trials ( Consortium. Her research program focuses on pediatric clinical pharmacology and family-informed clinical trial methods.

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.

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.

Freda Miller, Ph.D., is a Professor and Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. She obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan, her Ph.D. at the University of Calgary, and her postdoctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Miller held faculty positions at the University of Alberta and the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill prior to moving to her current position in Toronto. She is best known for her studies of neural and dermal stem cells and for her work elucidating how growth factors regulate cell genesis, survival and growth in the nervous system. In recognition of this work, she has won numerous awards, and is an elected fellow of the AAAS and of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Miller has also founded two biotechnology companies and has significant experience in administrative roles, having served as Councillor, Secretary and Treasurer for the Society for Neuroscience, President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience and President of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience.

Robert P. Naftel M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Naftel came to Vanderbilt from the University of Pittsburgh where he served as a fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery and from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he completed his residency in Neurosurgery. His practice encompasses the entirety of the specialty, but clinical and research interests include pediatric hydrocephalus, epilepsy surgery and surgery for childhood spasticity. He has trained in minimally invasive endoscopic techniques for the treatment of hydrocephalus, brain tumors and spinal disorders. Dr. Naftel participates as a site investigator in the multi-institutional Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network. He currently serves on the board of directors and as the medical director for the Epilepsy Foundation of Middle and West Tennessee. His additional research interests also focus on patient satisfaction, patient education, and the use of technology and social media for patient outreach.

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.

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.

Peter B. Reiner, V.M.D., Ph.D., is Professor at Department of Psychiatry, a member of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Decision-making and Action , and founder of the Neuroethics Collective, a virtual think tank of scholars who share an interest in issues of neuroethical import. The author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited more than 5,000 times, Professor Reiner began his career as a faculty member in the Kinsmen Laboratory of Neurological Research at UBC where he was the inaugural holder of the Louise Brown Chair in Neuroscience. He went on to become founder, President and CEO of Active Pass Pharmaceuticals, and in 2007 co-founded the National Core for Neuroethics. A champion of applying rigorous quantitative methods to neuroethical issues, Professor Reiner is frequently quoted in the media and has testified before the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. His current research is supported by a grant from the SSHRC entitled The Mind in Your Pocket. View Dr. Reiner's Google Scholar Page.

Urs Ribary, 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.

Aline Talhouk, Ph.D., is collaborating with Neuroethics Canada to survey commonly held views on the use of body and brain sensors that monitor employees in the workplace, and to inform the development of policy and best practice guidelines for their future use. As a PhD student, Dr. Talhouk worked at Neuroethics Canada on a survey identifying perceived barriers to ethics in neuroscience. Today, she is an assistant professor in the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the director of data science and informatics at OVCARE, BC’s ovarian and gynecological cancer research program. She completed her PhD in Statistics at the University of British Columbia in 2013 with a focus on computational statistics and machine learning. Since then, she has been focused on developing and implementing predictive models to improve patient care, with a special focus on women’s health.

Mark Turin, Ph.D., is a linguistic anthropologist, and an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. He is cross-appointed between the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Department of Anthropology. From 2014-2018, Dr. Turin served as Chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program and from 2016-2018, as Acting Co-Director of the University’s new Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. Before joining UBC, Dr. Turin taught at Yale and Cambridge universities. Dr. Turin writes and teaches on language reclamation, revitalization, documentation and conservation; language mapping, policies, politics and language rights; orality, archives, digital tools and technology. Indigenous methodologies and decolonial practice inform and shape his teaching and research. He is the author or co-author of four books, the editor of 12 volumes, and he edits a series on oral literature.

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.

Paul van Donkelaar, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan Campus. Prof. van Donkelaar’s research focuses on better understanding brain dysfunction following traumatic brain injury in contact sport athletes and survivors of intimate partner violence.

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.

Cheryl Wellington, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia. She is also Principal Investigator at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries at Vancouver General Hospital and Associate Member of the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Wellington’s research interests are highly multipdisciplinary with major efforts in the fields of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). With respect to both AD and TBI programs, her laboratory is the leading Canadian site for research on blood biomarkers using the Quanterix single molecule array (Simoa) platform. Her work on AD focuses mainly on how lipoproteins affect AD pathogenesis, with major projects focused on apolipoprotein E (apoE). For the AD program, her laboratory uses a combination of animal models and in vitro platforms, including pioneering a human-based 3D tissue engineered model of perfusable cerebral vessels surrounded by astrocytes and neurons. Along with Dr. Peter Cripton, a Mechanical Engineer, Dr. Wellington developed the CHIMERA (Closed Head Model of Engineered Rotational Acceleration) animal model of TBI that is currently operational for mice, rats and ferrets. Dr. Wellington holds multiple leadership positions in both the dementia and neurotrauma communities, including the Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium, the International Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium, the Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging, and Cure Alzheimer Fund ApoE Consortium.


Magda Aguiar, Ph.D.
James A. Anderson, Ph.D.
Annika Ang
Mary Arakelyan
Marcel Arcand, M.D., M. Sc.
Yemi Banjo, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Parteek Bal
Ela Bandari
Chris Barbey
Aiste Bartkiene, Ph.D.
Shelly Benjaminy, Ph.D.
Emily Borgelt, B.Sc., M.A.
Stephanie Bourne
Elana Brief, Ph.D.
Katherine Brown, B.ASc.
Lindsey Bruce, M.P.A.
Daniel Buchman, Ph.D
Kevin Budiman
Adrian Byram
Laura Cabrera, Ph.D.
Emanuel Cabral, B.A.
Robert V. Carlson, MBChB, PhD.
Noah Castelo, H.B.Sc.
Neil Chahal, B.Sc., M.H.A.
Michelle Chakraborti, M.Sc.
Eugene Chong
Iris Coates McCall, M.B.E.
Kevin Comerford, M.F.A., M.I.S.
Caitlin Courchesne, M.Sc.
Jacqueline Davidson, Ph.D.
Nina Di Pietro, Ph.D.
Olivia Edwards
Marleen Eijkholt, Ph.D.
Elise Ewing
Carole Federico, B.Sc.
Christopher Feehan, M.D.
Gidon Felsen, Ph.D.
Tanya Feng
Nick Fitz, B.A.
Alex Garnett, B.A., M.L.I.S.
Frederic Gilbert, Ph.D.
Margot Gunning, M.Sc.
Konstantin Helmsauer
Sharmin Hossain, Ph.D.
Viorica Hrincu, B.Sc.
Millie Huang
Karen Jacob, M.Sc.
Thomas W. Johnson
Jessica Jun
Julia Kaal, M.Sc.
Mehar Kang
Joshua Kandiah
Precilia Kong
Vera Khramova, BA. SC.
Jane Kim, B.Sc.
Jen-Ai Lai
Kiely Landrigan
Chloe Lau
Patricia Lau, B.Sc.
Catherine Lee
Grace Lee, Ph.D.
Cody Lo
Sofia Lombera, B.Sc.
Hayami Lou
Edel McGlanaghy, M.Sc.
Annika MacKenzie
Angela Machado
Jennifer Mackie, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Selina Mak, B.Com.
Praveena Manogaran
Vyshu Manohara
Caterina Marra, BSc
Ida Mattsson
Jacob McFarlane
Danny Mendelsohn, M.D.
Nicole Minielly, B.Sc.
Ania Mizgalewicz, B.A.
Tabitha Moses, M.S.
Vrinda Munjal
Emily R. Murphy, Ph.D.
Roland Nadler, B.A., M.A.
Chris Ng
Altaira Northe, B.Sc.
Kalina Nowaczek
Arshita Pabbi
Sara Parke, B.A.
Alexandra Olmos Pérez, M.Sc.
Carlee Poleschuk, M.Sc.
Kevin Peters, M.A., Ph.D.
Robin Pierce, J.D., Ph.D.
Heather Piwowar, M.Eng., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Umamon Puangthong, M.D.
Stephanie Quon
Nikkie Randhawa, M.D.
Joanne Reimer, R.N., M.N.
Dylan Roskams-Edris, B.Sc., M.H.E.
Mohsen Sadatsafavi, M.D, M.H.Sc.
Kevin Sauve, B.Sc
Anna Schmitt
Christopher Thomas Scott, B.A., M.L.A., Ph.D.
Sonali Sharma
Kimberly Sharpe, M.A.
Elaine Shi
Adam Shriver, Ph.D.
Aaron Sihoe
Laura Specker Sullivan, Ph.D.
Jona Specker, M.A.
Arlo Sporn
Shaun Stevenson, M.A.
Gabrielle Sunderland
Monica Ta
Aline Tabet, M.Sc.
Kate Tairyan, M.D., M.P.H.
Jordan Tesluk, Ph.D.
Farhad R. Udwadia, M.B.E.
Jason Valerio, M.Sc., M.D.
Ranga Venkatachary, Ph.D.
John Noel M. Viaña, M.Sc.
Kim Vu
Vlatka Vukojevic
Sophie Wang, M.P.H.
Louise Whiteley, Ph.D.
Alissa Wong
Haiger Ye