Neuroethics Canada Organization Chart


Judy Illes, CM, PHD
Dr. Judy Illes, CM, is Professor of Neurology, Distinguished University Scholar, UBC Distinguished Scholar in Neuroethics, and Director of Neuroethics Canada. 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 Chair of the International Brain Initiative, 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 also an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Medical Sciences) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Neuroscience). 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 Associate 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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Patrick McDonald, MD, MHSc, FRCSC

Dr. Patrick McDonald is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, Head of the Section of Neurosurgery at the University of Manitoba, and a Faculty Member at Neuroethics Canada in Vancouver, BC. He is Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Past President of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society. For twenty years, he has combined a practice caring for children with neurologic illness with an interest in the ethical issues that surround that care. Collaborating with Professor Judy Illes, Director of Neuroethics Canada, he studies the neuroethical issues inherent in the adoption of novel neurotechnologies to treat brain illness.

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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, Visiting Scholars, Researchers, and Staff

Marianne Claire Bacani, BA, CMP, HMCC, is an Events and Operations 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 and her Healthcare Meeting Compliance certification from the Meeting Professionals International in 2024. 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. With more than eleven years of planning, organizing and executing high-profile local, national, and global medical and community events, Marianne ensures the consistent delivery of quality events following policies and service industry standards. She brings her passion for knowledge dissemination and community engagement to her active work with local non-profit organizations who promote health literacy, citizenship, the performing arts, and the empowerment of women. Marianne illustrates her eagerness for work excellence by continually embracing new opportunities to improve her professional and leadership skills.

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Tanya Barretto, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Ethics and Knowledge Translation piece of Mend the Gap. Dr. Barretto received her BSc in Biochemistry from Concordia University, Montreal, her MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Essex, England and her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Toronto. She plans to use her basic science background in regenerative medicine in neurotrauma models of spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury to drive the ethics and knowledge translation aspects of Mend the Gap at Neuroethics Canada. In her free time, Dr. Barretto can be found travelling to explore off the beaten track locations.

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Margot Gunning, MSc, JD, is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia's Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program. Margot previously researched ethical, legal and social issues around pediatric use of medical cannabis, and Open Science. Margot’s PhD will focus on Open Science and Intellectual Property Law, and investigate ways in which universities like UBC can better protect equity and diversity in research participation and dissemination. She is passionate about promoting science education and communication to communities within and outside UBC. In her spare time, Margot enjoys creative pursuits like embroidering and drawing, and sporting pursuits like hiking, playing pickle ball and playing golf.
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Kyrstin Lavelle, is a third year undergraduate Neuroscience student at UBC. She will be assisting on the INPI project at Neuroethics Canada. Kyrstin is interested in the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology and the growing role of neuroscience in law. In her spare time, Kyrstin enjoys running, hiking and baking.

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Salwa Malhas, BSc, is a Research Assistant who supports the Ethics & Knowledge Translation initiatives for the Mend the Gap project within Neuroethics Canada. She completed a degree in Integrated Sciences at the University of British Columbia, integrating Behavioural Neuroscience, Ethics and Human Physiology. She hopes to contribute to an intersectional landscape of ethics research in the field of neuroscience. She is fond of photography, yoga, concerts, cafes and travelling.

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Reina R. Nadler, JD, MA, is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law, and previously taught courses including Law and Neuroscience at the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Section. Reina's studies have been supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and by the Donald N. Byers Memorial Prize for Killam Doctoral Scholars. Her doctoral research critically evaluates law’s uptake of neurotechnology through the lens of democratic theory. Reina also writes on topics at the intersection of neuroethics and trans studies; her earlier work can be found under her legal name, Roland Nadler.

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Ari Rotenberg, MSc, is a research assistant and serves as project manager for the International Neuroethics Patent Initiative (INPI). He recently graduated from the Experimental Medicine Program at the University of British Columbia, where he studied ethical implications of neurotechnology innovation practices. Outside of work, Ari enjoys museums, photography, and reading.

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Harjeev Sudan, BSc, is a graduate student in the Neuroscience program under Dr. Judy Illes and Dr. Mypinder Sekhon. She is interested in using the interface of neuroscience, ethics, and public health to inform public policy and improve clinical interventions and care. Her MSc will focus on opioid overdose-related neurological injury and the related sociocultural and ethical factors.

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Payton Angus, is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the NEST Lab under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. She is currently in her third year at the University of British Columbia, pursuing a BSc as a Biology major and Creative Writing minor. Her research interests include neurodevelopment, mental health, and the role of technology in enhancing patient experience and engagement. Originally from New Jersey, Payton loves card games, sports (watching and playing), trying new food places, and watching TV.

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Marianne Claire Bacani, BA, CMP, HMCC, is an Events and Operations 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 and her Healthcare Meeting Compliance certification from the Meeting Professionals International in 2024. 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. With more than eleven years of planning, organizing and executing high-profile local, national, and global medical and community events, Marianne ensures the consistent delivery of quality events following policies and service industry standards. She brings her passion for knowledge dissemination and community engagement to her active work with local non-profit organizations who promote health literacy, citizenship, the performing arts, and the empowerment of women. Marianne illustrates her eagerness for work excellence by continually embracing new opportunities to improve her professional and leadership skills.

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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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Mahala English, is an Undergraduate Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard in the NEST Lab. She is currently in her third year pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Neuroscience. Her research interests include mental health, rehabilitation, community health, and the role of technology in the patient experience. Originally from Toronto, Mahala loves spending time outside and exploring Vancouver. In her spare time, she plays and coaches volleyball.

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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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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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Susanna Martin, HBSc, 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 programme. Susanna obtained her BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy in 2008 from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. She worked in a number of clinical specialities, her most favorite being trauma, neurology and neurosciences. Prior to moving to Canada, Susanna also worked as a wellness coordinator developing community based projects to support the health and wellbeing of older adults and their care partners. She has a creative background and is particularly interested in how the emerging field of neuroaesthetics may be utilized to enhance user experiences and inform service design. Susanna enjoys listening to podcasts, singing loudly whilst driving, practicing yoga, and taking long walks on the beach with her dog.

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Angela Peng, is an undergraduate research assistant in the NEST Lab under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. She is currently a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. in Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Angela is deeply passionate about mental health advocacy and the role of technology in enhancing patient experiences. Her aspirations include further education in clinical child and adolescent psychology, focusing on the implementation of psychosocial treatments in pediatric hospitals to enhance patient experiences and alleviate anxiety. In her free time, Angela enjoys reading, singing karaoke with friends and family, and engaging in new craft projects, such as bookbinding.

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Jordan Stevenson, MSc, is a doctoral student in the faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Julie Robillard. He is interested in how technology and exercise can be leveraged to improve pediatric patient experience/outcomes. Outside of work, he likes to hug his friends at jiu-jistu and watch reality TV with his girlfriend.

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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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Katelyn Teng, is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the NEST Lab under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. Katelyn is a third year undergraduate student pursuing a BSc in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, and is passionate about mental health advocation, neurodegenerative disorders, and technology’s role in patient experience. Outside of work and school, she can be found baking sweet treats, with friends and family, or as an education guide for natural history.

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Naheeda Rajmohamed

Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board

Judith G. Hall, O.C., M.D. (Scientific Advisory Board Chair), Professor Emerita, Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia

Hervé Chneiweiss, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, International Bioethics Committee (UNESCO), and Director, Neuroscience Paris Seine, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Sam Douglas, B.A., Support Analyst, IT Department, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute

Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P., F.R.C.P., E. William Davis Professor of Medical Ethics & Chief, Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College

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., Scientifique en chef du Québec/Chief Scientist of Quebec, Fonds de recherche du Québec

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

A. Jon Stoessl, M.D., Co-Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, and Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

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

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

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

Patricia North, Community Stakeholder



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).

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nir Lipsman M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.S.C., is a neurosurgeon and scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and Sunnybrook Research Institute, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Lipsman has helped develop several clinical applications of MR-guided focused ultrasound (FUS) in novel indications, including among the world’s first experience of FUS in essential tremor, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and major depression, as well as the world’s first application of FUS-mediated blood brain barrier (BBB) opening in Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS, primary and secondary brain tumours. He is currently the Director of Sunnybrook’s Harquail Center for Neuromodulation, and the Clinical Director of Sunnybrook’s Focused Ultrasound Centre of Excellence.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Past Affiliates

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.

Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D., is a research neuroscientist interested in how the brain processes information about pain and nociception.  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.

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.

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.

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. 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).

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.

Freda Miller, Ph.D., is a Professor and Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of 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.

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.

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.

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.


Magda Aguiar, Ph.D.
Armaghan (Army) Alam
James A. Anderson, Ph.D.
Annika Ang
Mary Arakelyan
Marcel Arcand, M.D., M. Sc.
Katherine Bailey, B.H.Sc.
Parteek Bal
Ela Bandari
Yemi Banjo, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Chris Barbey
Aiste Bartkiene, Ph.D.
Katherine Bassil
Shelly Benjaminy, Ph.D.
Stefanie Blain-Moraes, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Emily Borgelt, B.Sc., M.A.
Stephanie Bourne
Quinn Boyle, M.Sc.
Elana Brief, Ph.D.
Katherine Brown, B.ASc.
Lindsey Bruce, M.P.A.
Daniel Z. 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.
Alonso Daboub
Jacqueline Davidson, Ph.D.
Nina Di Pietro, Ph.D.
Olivia Edwards
Marleen Eijkholt, Ph.D.
Mahala English
Elise Ewing
Carole Federico, B.Sc.
Christopher Feehan, M.D.
Gidon Felsen, Ph.D.
Lydia Feng
Tanya Feng
Nick Fitz, B.A.
Alex Garnett, B.A., M.L.I.S.
Ben Gibbard, M.D., M.A., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C.
Frederic Gilbert, Ph.D.
Samantha Go, B.A.
Ava Grier
Gabriella Guerra
Louise Harding, B.Sc.
Konstantin Helmsauer
Sharmin Hossain, Ph.D.
Millie Huang
Karen Jacob, M.Sc.
Yu Fei Jiang
Thomas W. Johnson
Jessica Jun
Julia Kaal, M.Sc.
Jaya Kailley, B.Sc.
Mehar Kang
Joshua Kandiah
Precilia Kong
Vera Khramova, B.A.Sc.
Jane Kim, B.Sc.
Jen-Ai Lai
Kiely Landrigan
Chloe Lau
Patricia Lau, B.Sc.
Ashley Lawson, B.ScH.
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, B.Sc.
Caterina Marra, B.Sc.
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.
Alejandra Negron Ortiz
Chris Ng
Altaira Northe, B.Sc.
Kalina Nowaczek
Anna Nuechterlein, B.A.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.
Stephanie Quon
Nikkie Randhawa, M.D.
Shaye Rathjen
Joanne Reimer, R.N., M.N.
Anna Riminchan
Dylan Roskams-Edris, B.Sc., M.H.E.
Katherine Roy
Mohsen Sadatsafavi, M.D, M.H.Sc.
Sophie Sargent
Kevin Sauve, B.Sc
Miles Schaffrick
Anna Schmitt
Christopher Thomas Scott, B.A., M.L.A., Ph.D.
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.
Omaris Vélez Acevedo
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
Julia Wu, B.Sc.
Haiger Ye
Alaa Yehia, B.Sc.
Grayden Zaleski
Jerry Yim
Cindy Zhang