Dr. Judy Illes renewed as UBC Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics

April 3, 2014

Dr. Judy Illes, co-lead of NeuroDevNet’s Neuroethics Core, and Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at UBC, is the recipient of a renewed Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Neuroethics.

One of eight UBC Canada research chairs announced March 28 by the Hon. Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), Dr. Illes is funded to study the ethics of neuroscience, expertise she brings to bear on the range of research conducted within NeuroDevNet. 

“This CRC renewal signifies Canada's ongoing commitment to advancing critical ethical thinking in science discovery, with a special focus on the nervous system,” said Dr. Illes.

“For our country's youngest citizens, to those who are older, we will continue to align human values and culture with research and translation that improves brain health, alleviates suffering, and promotes Canada's leading role in Neuroethics.

“For NeuroDevNet specifically, the renewed opportunities to transform are endless,” she added.

There are currently more than 1,700 chairholders working in the fields of natural sciences and engineering, health, and social sciences and humanities at more than 70 post-secondary institutions across the country. Created in 2000, CRC program has poured $265 million into attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds, including Dr. Illes and NeuroDevNet Scientific Director Dr. Dan Goldowitz, both of whom worked previously in the United States.

“In the health field, these world-class researchers will be working to produce innovations in patient care and health service delivery that will improve the health of Canadians and support the future sustainability of Canada's health care system,” said The Hon. Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Regional Minister for Northern Alberta and Member of Parliament for Edmonton–Spruce Grove. “I offer my congratulations to all the researchers across the country."