Iris Coates McCall and Caitlin Courchesne receive awards at the 2018 International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

Neuroethics Canada congratulates Iris Coates McCall and Caitlin Courchesne for receiving the following awards at the recent 2018 International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting held at San Diego, CA!

  • Springer Book Prize (Top Poster Presentations)
  • Outstanding Abstract Award
    Iris Coates McCall


  • Book Award Sponsored by Elsevier (Top Poster Presentations)
    Caitlin Courchesne

Iris Coates McCall – 2018 INS Presentation

Iris Coates McCall – 2018 INS poster

Caitlin Courchesne – 2018 INS Poster

Caitlin Courchesne, Judy Illes, and Iris Coates McCall at the 2018 INS Meeting



Dr. Judy Illes awarded the 2018 Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics

Neuroethics Canada congratulates Dr. Judy Illes who has been awarded the 2018 Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics!

The formal announcement is forthcoming in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Illes will receive the award at the University of Oklahoma in early 2019.


Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics
The Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics recognizes the importance of ethics in confronting the critical biomedical issues of the day.

The goal of the Prize is to foster the development of the highest professional standards in health care through discussions of the ethical issues related to complex healthcare topics. The Prize, supported by the Children’s Medical Research Institute/Patricia Price Browne Distinguished Chair and administered through the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine, will be presented during a visit to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Campus. The recipient is expected to deliver one formal lecture and participate in informal discussions on ethical issues with students, physicians-in-training, faculty, and the community.

Patricia Price Browne
Patricia Price Browne, an Oklahoma City resident who was a highly respected and creative worker for the causes of women’s and children’s health stayed true to her personal mottos to “spend time wisely with people and projects that matter” and “work and play out of a sense of love and joy, not duty”. In creating this prize in her memory, friends noted that her innate goodness and straightforward honesty attracted many to her side. Her husband Henry and their two children, Matthew and Whitney, were the people who mattered most to her but her discipline and dedication allowed her to devote significant energy to community causes. Patricia captured the meaning of what it meant to be a quality person; she was leader with a gift for turning dreams into reality. She is remembered for her ability to frame the most complex discussions in the context of “What is the right thing to do?”

Her commitment to health care was constantly reflected in the numerous ways she provided leadership for causes that enhanced the health of women and children. What an amazing record of active participation she illustrated. She was president and a founding board member of Children’s Medical Research Institute, a co-founder of the University of Oklahoma Institute for Breast Health and a founder of the Friends of the Institute for Breast Health and served as its first Chairman. Patricia co-founded the Oklahoma Breast Cancer Project.

Because of her special commitment to health care, Patricia’s friends and family support the Prize as a fitting memorial to her legacy. The emphasis in ethics well reflects Patricia. Through her intellect and integrity, she was able to see beyond the surface and focus on what was genuine and ethical. Her compassion for serving others was based on providing a better life for all. As a tribute to Patricia Price Browne in 2003, husband Henry Browne, Jr., The Friends of Patricia Price Browne Committee, and Children’s Medical Research Institute funded an Endowed Chair in Patricia’s name to ensure quality health care for the children of Oklahoma. The chair proceeds are designated for research and education programs and to establish a biennial award in biomedical ethics to physicians, nurses, research scientists and others who demonstrate the highest professional standards in the medical or professional ethics fields.

2018 Brain Awareness Week – Annual Neuroethics Distinguished Lecture

Neuroethics Canada is pleased to invite you to the

2018 Dana Foundation Brain Awareness Week Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture
Medical Aid in Dying in Canada: Where are we and where are we going?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Salons)
650 Hamilton St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 5N6
Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch in Downtown)
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 6B1
(Corner of W Georgia St, and Homer St.)

Jennifer A. Chandler, LLM
Bertram Loeb Research Chair and Professor
Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa

Comments by:

  • Hervé Chneiweiss, MD, PhD, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA

Nearly two years after the start of medical aid in dying in Canada, many questions remain about the meaning and scope of the law. Who is in and who is out? What about organ donation after medical aid in dying? This seismic shift in the social and medical landscape continues to be controversial, with ongoing court challenges to the law, and strong opinions on all sides over whether Canada has got it right.

Meet the speakers at the reception following the lecture!
Everyone is welcome.

This public event is free, but tickets are required.
Get your tickets here:

Neuroethics Canada’s Dr. Judy Illes Appointed to the Order of Canada

On December 29, 2017, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada  We are pleased to share that Neuroethics Canada’s Dr. Judy Illes was included in this year’s appointments! 
Dr. Illes was appointed as a Member of the Order of the Canada for her contributions to the field of neurology, including pioneering research that has highlighted the ethical, social and legal implications of advances in neuroscience.
About Dr. Judy Illes
Dr. Judy Illes, Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at UBC, is Director of the National Core for Neuroethics at UBC, and faculty in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. 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.
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.

She is Vice-Chair of the Internal Advisory Board of the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and an inaugural member of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Leadership Forum. Dr. Illes 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.

About the Order of Canada
Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country. Since its creation, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. The Order of Canada’s motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country). Her Majesty The Queen is the Sovereign of the Order, and the governor general is the chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.

Neuroethics Canada Wins First Place at 2018 Brain Awareness Week Sticker Design Contest

Neuroethics Canada is pleased to share that our submission for the 2018 Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Sticker Design Contest won first place and will be the face of next year’s festivities!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and votes! 
You can read more about our in-house brain illustrator, Marianne Bacani, her experience on creating the winning design, and what Neuroethics Canada has planned for the 2018 BAW here:
In the meantime, make sure to follow us online through our socials (@NeuroethicsUBC) for the latest and other updates about our free open-to-the-public events for 2018 BAW and other projects!
We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s BAW celebrations!


What’s New in Stem Cell Research? From the Lab to the Clinic and Beyond

Monday, December 11, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Community Centre
2690 Larch St., Vancouver, BC, V6K 4K9

Come join us for a lively discussion with our experts about opportunities and challenges in stem cell research and treatment.

FREE ADMISSION – Everyone is welcome!
Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP now!


Harold Atkins, MD, FRCPC
Hematologist, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, The Ottawa Hospital
Associate Professor of Clinical Hematology, University of Ottawa

Tania Bubela, JD, PhD
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Fabio Rossi, MD, PhD
Director, The Biomedical Research Centre
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia

Shelly Benjaminy, MSc
PhD Candidate, Experimental Medicine Program, University of British Columbia

Judy Illes, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS
Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics
Professor of Neurology, University of British Columbia

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GTG Community Conversations WHAT'S NEW IN STEM CELL RESEARCH Dec 11 2017