Dr. Judy Illes


2211 Wesbrook Mall
National Core for Neuroethics
Koerner S124
Vancouver BC Canada V6T 2B5

Tel:  (604) 822-0746
: (604) 822-5229
Email: jilles@mail.ubc.ca

Dr. Judy Illes is Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia. She is Director of the National Core for Neuroethics at UBC, and faculty in the Brain Research Centre and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Dr. Illes is a co-Founder and Member of the Governing Board of the International Neuroethics Society. As a pioneer and eminent scholar in the field of Neuroethics, she has made ground-making contributions to ethical, social, and policy challenges at the intersection of biomedical ethics and neuroscience, including advances in stem cells, neuroimaging, neuroscience and the law, and the commercialization of health care.

Research Interests:


Education and outreach

Integration of neuroimaging and genomics

Global health neuroethics

Stem cells



Neurologic and mental health

Professional Training:

1981: Brandeis University

1983: McGill University

1987: Stanford University

2001: Department of Medical History and Ethics, University of Washington

Academic positions:

2008 – present: Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health (University of British Columbia)

2007 – present: Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology (University of British Columbia)

2007 – present: Faculty Associate, Brain Research Centre (University of British Columbia)

2006 – 2007: Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Medical Genetics) and Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

2003 – 2007: Director, Program in Neuroethics, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and Department of Radiology

2001 – 2006: Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

1998 – 2001: Co-Founder and Executive Director, Stanford Brain Research Center (Stanford University Medical Center)

1992 – 2007: Associate Professor (Part-time), Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

1991 – 2001: Director, Strategic Research Development, Department of Radiology (Stanford University Medical Center)

1988 – 1992: Assistant Professor, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

1986 – 1987: Instructor, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

1985: Instructor, University of California Santa Cruz Extension

1984 – 1985: Research Associate, Palo Alto VA Medical Center

1983 – 1991: Research Neuropsychologist EEG Systems Laboratory (EEGSL) and SAM Technology, Inc.

1980: Research Assistant, Institute of Anatomy, CHUV

1979 – 1981: Research Assistant, Harvard University

1979: Research Assistant Institute of Anatomy, CHUV

1978: Research Assistant, Concordia University

Honours and Awards:

(a) Awards for Scholarship

Research Fellowship. Medical Research Council of Canada (September 1982-August 1983)

Research Fellowship. Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (January 1985-September 1985)

Fellowship. Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (October 1985-September 1986)

Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics (February 2007)

“Medicine, Ethics, Neuroscience and Society”. The Tanner Lecture on Human Values, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK (October 2007)

Founding Fellow. Institute of Mental Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. (October 2007)

(b) Awards for Service

Service Award, Women in Neuroscience (October 2004)

Women of Distinction Award Nominee, YWCA (June 2009)

(c) Entrepreneurship

Founded Illes and Associates (1992-2002), a small private business dedicated to providing individuals in academia and small businesses nationwide with expertise in the development of research programs and funding.

Board Representations:

(a) Memberships on Scholarly Committees

Government Affairs and Ethics Advisor. Human Bionics Inc. (June 2002 – present)

International Advisor. Internal Advisory Board, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction Institute of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (September 2004 – present)

Lead. Ethics and Law Focus Group, Institute of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (September 2004 – present)

Committee on Women in Neuroscience Co-Chair. Society for Neuroscience (January 2005 – present)

Member. Neuroscience Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders Member, National Academies of Sciences, Washington, DC (July 2006 – present)

Working Group Member. Law and Neurosciences Program, MacArthur Foundation and the University of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (May 2008 – present)

GATC Science Advisory Board Member, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (May 2008 – present)

Chair. Women in World Neuroscience, International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) (2008-present)

Advisor. Committee on Equity and Policy, Canada Research Chair, Vancouver, BC (June 2008)

Member. Stem Cell Network, Ottawa, ON (August 2008-present)

(b) Editorships

Founding Editor. American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience (January 2006 – present)

(c) Reviewer (Grant)

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health (October 2001-present)

National Science Foundation (October 2001-present)

The Wellcome Trust (October 2001-present)

Canadian Institute of Health Research (October 2001-present)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (October 2001-present)

MacArthur Foundation (September 2008-present)

(d) Reviewer (Journal)

American Journal of Bioethics (October 2001-present)

American Journal of Neuroradiology (October 2001-present)

Academic Radiology (October 2001-present)

Brain and Cognition (October 2001-present)

Brain and Language (October 2001-present)

Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research (October 2001-present)

Neurology (October 2001-present)

Science and Engineering Ethics (October 2001-present)

BMC Neurology (October 2001-present)

Trends in Cognitive Sciences (October 2001-present)

Medical Science Monitor International (October 2001-present)

Progress in Neurobiology (October 2001-present)

Journal of Ethics in Mental Health (October 2001-present)

Journal of the American Medical Association (October 2001-present)

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (October 2001-present)

Pediatrics (October 2001-present)

PloS Biology (October 2001-present)

Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences (September 2006-present)

The Hastings Center Report (January 2008-present)

Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (June 2008-present)

Brain Imaging and Behavior (June 2008-present)

American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (June 2008-present)

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (July 2008-present)