Dr. Judy Illes
Judy Illes, CM, PHD

Dr. Judy Illes, CM, Professor of Neurology, Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, 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 is a Life Member of Clare Hall at Cambridge University.

A pioneer and eminent scholar in the field of neuroethics, she has made groundbreaking contributions to ethical, social, and policy challenges at the intersection of biomedical ethics and neuroscience, with a specific focus on aging and dementia, addiction and mental health, neuroimaging, stem cells, cross-cultural values, and the commercialization of health care.

Dr. is immediate past president of the International Neuroethics Society, Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Vice Chair of the Internal Advisory Board of CIHR's Institute of Neuroethics, Mental Health and Addiction. 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 in 2017.

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Julie M. Robillard, PhD

Dr. Julie Robillard is Assistant Professor of Neurology at UBC, is Associate Director of Neuroethics Canada 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. 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 Family Research Institute. After completing his MD and neurosurgery training at the University of Toronto (U of T), Dr. McDonald obtained a Masters 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 concussion care. He is the Vice President of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society and on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bioethics Society.

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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.

Students, Postdocs, Researchers, and Staff

Mary Arakelyan is an undergraduate student working on a Directed Studies project at Neuroethics Canada focused on media coverage of refractory epilepsy. She is completing a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Sciences and a minor in Psychology at UBC. Mary’s interests include the intersection of ethics and health policy and global inequities in health. Outside of the lab, Mary works closely with the UBC Science Student Engagement Office, volunteers with SCI Team and enjoys staying in with a good book.

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Marianne Claire Bacani, BA, CMP, is an Events Director at the Core. Marianne received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Marianne assists with meetings, seminars, and public outreach events that are hosted by the Core, including the annual Brain Awareness Week Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture and Café Neuroéthiques/Community Conversations, to name a few. Marianne also maintains the Core's website, and handles the processing of finance, administrative, and basic human resource related requests at the Core. As for her creative contributions, Marianne designed the Core’s most recent logos and branding materials, and has been continually producing most of the Core’s print, web, and video materials, including the Brain Matters! Vancouver video series and the Core’s annual reports. Outside the Core, Marianne enjoys volunteering at fundraising events for organizations who promote the performing arts, citizenship, awareness of various health issues in the community, and women empowerment.

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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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Katherine Brown, B.ASc., is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Core. She has recently started her Masters of Science Degree in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Katherine is interested in developing a better understanding of the experience of siblings who have lost a brother or sister to Neuroblastoma or to a brain tumor. Katherine has always loved working with children and families and her professional goal is to work with families of children with life limiting illnesses.

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Adrian ByramAdrian C. Byram is a PhD candidate at Neuroethics Canada. His focus is on ethics at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Mr. Byram’s PhD thesis, “Surrogate Decision-making in the ICU: Virtue Ethics and Bounded Rationality as the Basis for a Revised Paradigm”, builds on 40 years of advances in bioethics and cognitive neuroscience to identify new ways to improve the decision-making process for patients, surrogates, family, physicians, and nurses. 6 years ago, Mr. Byram retired after a 40 year career as an entrepreneur and senior executive in the software and networking industries in Silicon Valley and Vancouver. Mr. Byram completed the qualification requirements for a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford University (1974) but, like many entrepreneurs, left to start his first company before completing a dissertation. During the early 1970s Mr. Byram served as a Policy Analyst on the Prime Minister’s Briefing Team during Pierre Trudeau’s administration. Mr. Byram earned his first degrees from the University of Toronto, graduating with an M.Sc. in Physics (1969) and a B.Sc.(Honours) in Mathematics and Physics (1967).

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Iris Coates McCall, MBE recently moved from Baltimore, MD to join Neuroethics Canada after completing a Master of Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics. Originally from Toronto, she received her Bachelors of Arts and Science in Cognitive Science from McGill University. Previously she has worked as a research assistant at the Bloomberg School of Public Health under the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative. Iris is the lead researcher on the neurotechnology projects.

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Julia Kaal, MSc is a PhD candidate in the School of Population and Public Health. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas and obtained her MSc at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Julia’s interests lie in health services research, chronic disease management, and care coordination. Her PhD work looks at the relationship of care density, quality of care and cost among survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer.

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Chloe Lau is a research assistant at Neuroethics Canada who recently completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at McGill University in 2018. Her primary interest is in the intersection of neurotechnology and psychiatric health care. Currently, her focus is on regulations surrounding emerging technologies both in the workplace and in health care, including neurosurgery. Chloe hopes to both attend medical school and continue to conduct research in neuroethics.

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Nicole Minielly is a research assistant at Neuroethics Canada who recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. Nicole joined Neuroethics Canada this past September, as a volunteer Research Assistant while she was finishing her undergraduate degree. During her degree, she worked in two neuroscience labs pertaining to her interests in neurodegenerative diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders. From these experiences stemmed her interest in patient care and public health policy relating to neuroethics. Her primary research projects at the Core will focus on firstly human trials and neurotechnology.

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> is a first-year medical student at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She recently completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of British Columbia in Integrated Science with a focus on Neuroscience and Physiology. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she researched in the area of sports concussions in children, adolescents and varsity sports players. As part of the Neuroethics team, Vrinda will be working on a project to look at media coverage of public perception of pediatric epilepsy.

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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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Farhad R. Udwadia is a current medical student at the University of British Columbia. He moved to Vancouver after receiving his Master of Bioethics degree from Harvard Medical School, which he attended after completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at McGill University. While at Harvard’s Center for Bioethics, Farhad conducted research on a variety of topics. For his Capstone project, he researched and wrote on the ethical implications of the involuntary commitment and treatment of people with opioid addictions. He is currently working on understanding the uses of libertarian paternalism in alleviating shortcomings in shared decision making, across a variety of clinical settings. Within the space of neuroethics, Farhad is interested in researching the ethical implications surrounding the proliferation of companionship robots, decision making during end of life care for patients with traumatic brain injuries and addressing the ethical challenges that have risen due to more accurate understandings of brain death.

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Annika Ang is an undergraduate research intern at the National Core for Neuroethics under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. She is a third-year Integrated Science student in the process of completing her Masters in Management through UBC’s Dual Degree program. With a fervent interest in business, media and neurodegenerative disorders, Annika is a believer of best understanding an issue by first looking at it through the lenses of different knowledge systems. She hopes to apply this skill as she works on the Core’s research on dementia policy. Outside of class, she has fun doing media for the Red Cross Club, volunteering at the Wellness Centre and singing on stage with UBC’s Musical Theatre Troupe.
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Marianne Claire Bacani, BA, CMP, is an Events Director at the Core. Marianne received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Marianne assists with meetings, seminars, and public outreach events that are hosted by the Core, including the annual Brain Awareness Week Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture and Café Neuroéthiques/Community Conversations, to name a few. Marianne also maintains the Core's website, and handles the processing of finance, administrative, and basic human resource related requests at the Core. As for her creative contributions, Marianne designed the Core’s most recent logos and branding materials, and has been continually producing most of the Core’s print, web, and video materials, including the Brain Matters! Vancouver video series and the Core’s annual reports. Outside the Core, Marianne enjoys volunteering at fundraising events for organizations who promote the performing arts, citizenship, awareness of various health issues in the community, and women empowerment.

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Katarzyna Kabacinska is an undergraduate research intern at the National Core for Neuroethics under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. She is currently in her last year of Mind, Language and Computation stream in Cognitive Systems program. She is interested in the ethics of human-computer interactions. In the future she would like to use her Cognitive Systems background to contribute to research in ethics of artificial intelligence, particularly in the field of assistive robotics. In her free time, she enjoys reading and role-playing games.
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Hayami Lou, BA is a research assistant at Neuroethics Canada under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. Her project is focused on patient experiences with genetic testing for aniridia, an inherited ocular disease. Hayami is also a research assistant with the Center for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions (CARMHA) at Simon Fraser University, where she recently completed a project exploring care options for individuals with severe substance use disorders in BC. Her current work at CARMHA is focused on evaluating the scale up of a self-management intervention for individuals with depression in Vietnam. Her research interests are in science communication and knowledge translation, and addressing barriers to access of health services among immigrant and ESL communities.

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Monica Ta - HeadshotMonica Ta is currently a second-year student enrolled under the Combined Major in Science (CMS) BSc program, which, constructed personally, consists of Chemistry, Life Sciences, and Statistical Sciences. She finds happiness in making others happy; thus, along with her intrinsic curiosities and passion for the sciences, she hopes to improve the well-being and health of people through research. She aspires to become a medical researcher, and she thoroughly enjoy scientific writing and communication. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, such as through aerobics and weightlifting, and exploring nature and the city, which are where she finds both blissfulness and relaxation.
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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 WuJulia Wu is an undergraduate research assistant at the National Core of Neuroethics under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. Fascinated by mental health and behavioural disorders, she is currently working to complete her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her research project at the Core aims to improve public health knowledge by evaluating the quality of online health information. Outside of research, she enjoys promoting service and leadership through her involvement with Rotary and supporting students as a peer leader in the UBC community. She can be easily spotted around Vancouver trying new food, hiking in the North Vancouver trails, or studying in a downtown Starbucks.

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Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board

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., J.D., Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Michael Burgess, Ph.D., Chair in Biomedical Ethics, Center for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia

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


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 Assistant Professor at the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences in Michigan State University. Dr. Cabrera's interests focus on the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology, in particular when this is used without a clear medical purpose. She has been working on projects that explore the attitudes of the general public toward pharmacological and brain stimulation enhancing interventions, as well as their normative implications. Her current work also focuses on the ethical and social implications of environmental changes for brain and mental health.

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.

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.

Michelle LeBaron, M.A., is a dispute resolution scholar and Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia. She is an award-winning teacher whose current work focuses on how creative and expressive arts transform conflicts across cultures and foster resilience. With advanced degrees in law and psychotherapy, Michelle’s interdisciplinary and accessible books span diverse practice and geographical contexts. Titles include Bridging Troubled Waters, Bridging Cultural Conflict, Conflict Across Cultures and the forthcoming Why Movement Matters on somatic intelligence and conflict. Previously, Professor LeBaron served on faculty at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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.

Saskia Nagel, Ph.D., is assistant professor for Philosophy and Ethics of Technology at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente, Netherlands. Saskia's work is at the intersection of ethics, philosophy, life sciences (in particular neurosciences and cognitive science), and technologies. She has developed approaches to individual and societal challenges in a technological culture, with a focus on the ethical, anthropological, and social consequences of neuroscientific progress. She is particularly interested in how technologies influence our self-understanding, and how they impact our understanding and perception of autonomy and responsibility. Saskia combines research in applied ethics with philosophy of mind and philosophy of technology and involves studies on the public understanding of sciences and technological advances. She seeks to understand how emerging (neuro-) technologies help or hinder us flourish throughout life. Her collaboration with Dr. Reiner focuses upon Technologies of the Extended Mind.

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.

Taylor Owen is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian International Council's international affairs platform, the Director of the International Relations and Digital Technology Project, an international research project exploring the intersection of information technology and international affairs, and the Research Director of the Munk Debates. His research and writing focuses on the intersection between information technology and international affairs, and he collaborates with Dr. Reiner on projects that examine governance of algorithms.

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.

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.

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.


Magda Aguiar, Ph.D.
James A. Anderson, Ph.D.
Marcel Arcand, M.D., M. Sc.
Yemi Banjo, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Parteek Bal
Chris Barbey
Aiste Bartkiene, Ph.D.
Shelly Benjaminy, Ph.D.
Emily Borgelt, B.Sc., M.A.
Stephanie Bourne
Elana Brief, Ph.D.
Lindsey Bruce, M.P.A.
Daniel Buchman, Ph.D
Kevin Budiman
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
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.
Gidon Felsen, Ph.D.
Tanya Feng
Nick Fitz, B.A.
Alex Garnett, B.A., M.L.I.S.
Frederic Gilbert, Ph.D.
Konstantin Helmsauer
Sharmin Hossain, Ph.D.
Viorica Hrincu, B.Sc.
Karen Jacob, M.Sc.
Thomas W. Johnson
Jessica Jun
Mehar Kang
Joshua Kandiah
Precilia Kong
Vera Khramova, BA. SC.
Jen-Ai Lai
Kiely Landrigan
Patricia Lau, B.Sc.
Grace Lee, Ph.D.
Cody Lo
Sofia Lombera, B.Sc.
Hayami Lou
Edel McGlanaghy, M.Sc.
Jennifer Mackie, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Selina Mak, B.Com.
Praveena Manogaran
Ida Mattsson
Jacob McFarlane
Danny Mendelsohn, M.D.
Ania Mizgalewicz, B.A.
Tabitha Moses, M.S.
Emily R. Murphy, Ph.D.
Roland Nadler, B.A., M.A.
Chris Ng
Altaira Northe, B.Sc.
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.
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
Christopher Thomas Scott, B.A., M.L.A., Ph.D.
Sonali Sharma
Kimberly Sharpe, M.A.
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.
Jason Valerio, M.Sc., M.D.
Ranga Venkatachary, Ph.D.
John Noel M. Viaña, M.Sc.
Vlatka Vukojevic
Sophie Wang, M.P.H.
Louise Whiteley, Ph.D.