Dr. Illes is Professor of Neurology, Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, and Director of the Neuroethics Canada (formerly the National Core for Neuroethics) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is also faculty in the Centre for Brain Health at UBC and at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and holds associate faculty 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 is also a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. Dr. Illes’ research, teaching and service focus on ethical, legal, social and policy challenges specifically at the intersection of the brain sciences and biomedical ethics.

Dr. Illes is Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics, and Vice Chair of the Internal Advisory Board of the Institute on Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Illes was elected to the Royal Society (Life Sciences) in 2012, to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2011, and to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Division of Neuroscience) in 2013. Her latest book, Neuroethics: Anticipating the Future (Oxford University Press), was published in July 2017. Dr. Illes was appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2017.

Dr. Illes gratefully acknowledges co-leadership of the Core and Core projects by Assistant Director Dr. Julie Robillard (Assistant Professor of Neurology and Scientist, Children’s and Women’s Hospital and Health Centres), Dr. Patrick McDonald (Associate Professor of Neurosurgery), Dr. B. Lynn Beattie (Professor Emerita, Geriatrics), and recognizes Core Faculty Affiliates and collaborators across the UBC campus, Canada and internationally. The programs and research activities of the Core are made possible by generous support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Researchthe Canada Foundation for Innovation,, the British Columbia Knowledge Development Foundation (BCKDF), the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, the Stem Cell Network (SCN), the Foundation for Ethics and Technology, GenomeBC, the Canadian National Centres of Excellence, the North Growth Foundation, the Dana Foundation, and the USA National Institutes of Health.

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