Ethics in Policy, Business & Law

Join us for Ethics in Policy, Business & Law, the third installation of Ethics for UBC, a five-part speaker series that will explore the current landscape of ethics scholarship and education across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses of our university.

March 30, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM PDT

Kindly RSVP to the event here: https://efubcpbl.eventbrite.ca

In attending this interactive 75-min panel discussion, you will have the opportunity to learn about the current ethics-related endeavours taking place at UBC, pressing ethical issues that exist across a wide range of disciplines, and the ways in which you can become more involved.

This panel discussion will focus on ethics across a variety of disciplines, from Indigenous law and policy, to sustainable entrepreneurship and ethical business practices.

Worlds Apart – Ensuring Equitable Access to Advances in Brain Health

Join us for the 2022 Brain Awareness Week Annual Neuroethics Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Patrick McDonald!
 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT
For the Zoom details, kindly RSVP here: https://ncbaw2022.eventbrite.ca

Overview
Rapid technological advancements have led to the potential for significant improvements in brain health, expanding both the range of conditions treated and number of patients who can be helped. While these advancements hold great promise, they also come with considerable cost and a risk that they are not offered to all who may benefit from them, especially those in vulnerable populations. Advances in treating children with epilepsy and adults with movement disorders make equitable access to all ever more critical.

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.

Brain Awareness Week
Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science. Every March, partners host imaginative activities in their communities that share the wonders of the brain and the impact brain science has on our everyday lives.

Community Conversations: The Ethics of Medical Cannabis for Children in an Unregulated World

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Register here for the Zoom details: https://emccuw.eventbrite.ca

Join us for an interactive conversation with experts on the topic of ethics and medical cannabis for children and youth in health care. The dialogue will take place both through live engagement with the public and pre-submitted questions.

We want to hear your views!

Moderators:
Hal Siden, MD, MHSc

Medical Director, Division Head and Investigator,
BC Children’s Hospital
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia

Judy Illes, CM, PhD
Director, Neuroethics Canada
Professor of Neurology, University of British Columbia

If you have a question for the moderators, you may submit it to info.neuroethics@ubc.ca prior to the event.

Hacking the mind: How technology is changing the way we view our brain and ourselves

Dr. Nir Lipsman (Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto) presented “Hacking the mind: How technology is changing the way we view our brain and ourselves” at the 2021 Brain Awareness Week – Annual Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture, held on March 16, 2021.

Overview:
As it advances, our relationship with brain technology will change. In this lecture, Dr. Nir Lipsman will discuss how our knowledge of brain circuitry, and how it can go wrong, has informed our understanding of human behaviour. We will then discuss the implications of more sophisticated, precise and less intrusive brain technology, on that relationship, and what it could all mean for the next generation of brain therapy and beyond…

Bio:
Nir Lipsman MD, PhD, FRCSC, is a neurosurgeon and scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto followed by a medical degree at Queen’s University, and a neurosurgical residency at the University of Toronto. During his residency, Dr. Lipsman completed his PhD investigating novel neuromodulation strategies in patients with treatment-resistant psychiatric and neurologic conditions. He is currently the Director of Sunnybrook’s Harquail Center for Neuromodulation, and the Clinical Director of Sunnybrook’s Focused Ultrasound Centre of Excellence.

Dr. Lipsman has helped develop several clinical trials of MR-guided focused ultrasound (FUS) in novel indications, including among the world’s first experience of FUS in essential tremor, obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depression and chronic pain, as well as the first randomized control trial of FUS in tremor. He has led the world’s first application of FUS-mediated blood brain barrier (BBB) opening in Alzheimer’s Disease, and helped develop the first applications in primary and secondary brain tumors and ALS. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, including in The Lancet, Lancet Neurology, Lancet Psychiatry, New England Journal of Medicine, and Neuron.

Dr. Lipsman also has a strong interest in the broader clinical and ethical implications of neuromodulation, and has been closely involved in the development of international guidelines for the use of surgery in psychiatric disease. In collaboration with Drs. Judy Illes and Pat McDonald at UBC, he helped found the Pan Canadian Neurotechnology Ethics Consortium (PCNEC), bringing together experts in neuromodulation and ethics, to identify and tackle the most pressing ethical questions in the field.

Why neurosurgeons should care about ethics and why ethicists should care about neurosurgery

At the most recent Neuroethics Canada Seminar Series, Dr. Nir Lipsman discussed why neurosurgeons should care about ethics and why ethicists should care about neurosurgery.

Bio:
Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, FRCSC is a neurosurgeon and scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto followed by a medical degree at Queen’s University, and a neurosurgical residency at the University of Toronto. During his residency, Dr. Lipsman completed his PhD investigating novel neuromodulation strategies in patients with treatment-resistant psychiatric and neurologic conditions. He is currently the Director of Sunnybrook’s Harquail Center for Neuromodulation, and the Clinical Director of Sunnybrook’s Focused Ultrasound Centre of Excellence.

Wicked Health Challenge Dialogues: COVID19 Edition – What lies ahead?

The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Neuroethics Canada are pleased to invite you to

WICKED HEALTH CHALLENGE DIALOGUES
COVID19 Edition: What lies ahead?

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Register here: https://bit.ly/2X4wm1y

Are you wondering what response and recovery looks like for a pandemic? How complex are the problems that lie ahead, and why does that matter?

Join us over Zoom as we discuss what response and recovery of our collective health and wellness looks like for COVID-19. We hope to deepen our collective understanding of the complexity of this challenge and consider what that means for collective action.

FEATURING:
Dr. Judy Illes
Professor and Director, Neuroethics Canada
University of British Columbia

Dr. Bruce Y. Lee
Professor, Health Policy & Management
City University of New York

Mr. Donald MacPherson
Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
Simon Fraser University

Dr. Farah N. Mawani
Post-doctoral Fellow, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions
St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto

MODERATED BY:
Dr. Diane T. Finegood
Professor and Fellow, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Simon Fraser University

“Modulating the Mind” – Dr. Judy Illes at TEDx Abbotsford

Neuroethics Canada’s Dr. Judy Illes was invited to speak at the TEDx Abbotsford in November 2019.

We are pleased to share that you may now watch her presentation!

In her TEDx talk, Dr. Illes discussed how how people think about brain surgery for neurologic and psychiatric conditions, including ethical concerns about hope versus hype, rights, justice, agency, and personal privacy.

 

2020 Brain Awareness Week Annual Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture: Hacking the Mind

The 2020 Brain Awareness Week Annual Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture “Hacking the Mind: How Technology Is Changing The Way We View Our Brain and Ourselves” has been postponed due to the continuing threat of the coronavirus.

Please stay tuned here for news of a new date.

Hacking the Mind: How Technology Is Changing The Way We View Our Brain and Ourselves
Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Monday, March 16, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
C300 Theatre, UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 3B7
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Overview:
As it advances, our relationship with brain technology will change. In this lecture, Dr. Nir Lipsman will discuss how our knowledge of brain circuitry, and how it can go wrong, has informed our understanding of human behaviour. We will then discuss the implications of more sophisticated, precise and less intrusive brain technology, on that relationship, and what it could all mean for the next generation of brain therapy and beyond…

Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, FRCSC is a neurosurgeon and scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto followed by a medical degree at Queen’s University, and a neurosurgical residency at the University of Toronto. During his residency, Dr. Lipsman completed his PhD investigating novel neuromodulation strategies in patients with treatment-resistant psychiatric and neurologic conditions. He is currently the Director of Sunnybrook’s Harquail Center for Neuromodulation, and the Clinical Director of Sunnybrook’s Focused Ultrasound Centre of Excellence.

 

Gene Editing: A silver bullet or a tool for eugenics?

Neuroethics Canada and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue are pleased to invite you to

WICKED HEALTH CHALLENGE DIALOGUES
Gene Editing: A silver bullet or a tool for eugenics?

Thursday, January 23, 2020
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Jack P. Blaney Asia Pacific Hall, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 W. Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
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Come join us for an interesting and exciting dialogue to deepen our understanding of the complexity of this challenge and to surface ideas for action!

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

Andre Picard
Health Reporter and Columnist
Globe and Mail

Alice Virani, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Wyeth Wasserman, PhD
Vice-President Research
BC Children’s Hospital, Provincial Health Services Authority

MODERATED BY:
Diane T. Finegood, PhD
Professor and Fellow
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University

Judy Illes, CM, PhD
Professor and Director
Neuroethics Canada, University of British Columbia

Neuroethics Canada Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

 

Gene Editing (11x17) WEB

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Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Consciousness

Neuroethics Canada and Science World are pleased to present:

Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Consciousness

7:30 PM
April 28, 2019
OMNIMax Theatre, TELUS World of Science
1455 Quebec Street
Vancouver, BC, V6A 3Z7
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The 5th instalment of Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide series, Rap Guide to Consciousness, is part rap concert, part standup comedy, and part Ted Talk, a new species theatre that Broadway Baby has called Mind-blowingly, awe-inspiringly good!

Baba Brinkman, who grew up in Vancouver and is now an award-winning musician, scholar, and theatre performer based in New York, takes audiences on a journey through the ancient mind-body problem, and the amazing discoveries of modern psychology and neuroscience that might help unwind it. A journey of self-discovery that mixes mindfulness with rationalism and irreverent humour, Consciousness grapples with the inner workings of the psyche, the future of thinking machines, and the insights offered by psychedelics, embryos, and octopus minds.

Get your tickets here: https://goo.gl/FSBUwi

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