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Dr. Judy Illes
2211 Wesbrook Mall
National Core for Neuroethics
Vancouver BC Canada V6T 2B5
Tel: (604) 827-0746
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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.
Education and outreach
Integration of neuroimaging and genomics
Global health neuroethics
Neurologic and mental health
1981: Brandeis University
1983: McGill University
1987: Stanford University
2001: Department of Medical History and Ethics, University of Washington
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)
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.
(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)
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)
(a) Authored (Sole Author)
Illes, J. The Strategic Grant Seeker: Conceptualizing Fundable Research in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences. Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates Publishers, Mahwah, NJ, 1999.
Illes, J. (Ed.) Neuroethics: Defining the Issues in Theory, Practice and Policy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2006. (Reviewed in: The Lancet, Neurology, March 2006; Brain, July 2006; Psychological Medicine, March 2007).
Illes, J. and Racine, E. (Eds.) Neuroethics: From Neurotechnology to Healthcare. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. Spring 2007.
Illes, J. (Ed.), MCS, Imaging and Ethics. Special Issue of AJOB-Neuroscience on MCS. In press.
Illes, J., Pierce, K.R. (Ed.) Journal of Accountability in Research, Special Issue on Neuroethics. In press.
Racine, E., Illes, J. "Emergentism" at the crossroads of philosophy, neurotechnology, and the enhancement debate. In J. Bickle (Ed.) Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience. Oxford University Press. In press.
Racine, E., Illes, J. Neuroethics for clinicians: Ethical challenges of directly marketed frontier neurotechnology. In P. Singer (Ed.) Bioethics for Clinicians, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2008.
Illes, J., Kirschen, M.P. Incidental neuroradiological findings. Encyclopedia of Imaging. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany. In press.
Illes, J. Global partnerships in neuroethics. In J. Illes (Ed.) Introduction Neuroethics: Defining the field in theory, practice and policy [Japanese translation]. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2006.
Racine, E., Bell, E., Illes, J. Can we read minds? Ethical challenges and responsibilities in the use of neuroimaging research. In Giordano and Gordijn (Eds.). In press.
Illes, J. Vicissitudes of imaging, imprisonment, and intentionality. In R. Brownsword (Ed.). In press.
Illes, J. Medicine, neuroscience, ethics and society: The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, University of Utah Press, 2008.
Eaton, M., Illes, J. Commercializing cognitive neurotechnology - the ethical terrain. Nature Biotechnology, 2007, 25(4): 1-5. [PubMed]
Racine, E., Waldman, S., Palmour, N., Risse, D., Illes, J. Currents of hope: Neurostimulation techniques in US and UK print media. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 2007, 16(3):314-318.
Illes, J., Kirschen, M.P., Edwards, E., Bandettini, P., Michael, D.B., Ford, P.J., Glover, G.H., Kulynych, J., Macklin R., Wolf, S.M., Grabowski, T., Seto, B. Practical approaches to incidental findings in brain imaging research. Neurology, 2008, 70(5): 384-390. [PubMed]
Lombera, S., Illes, J. International dimensions of neuroethics. Developing World Bioethics, 2008, Epub ahead of print. [PubMed]
Illes, J. Lombera, S., Rosenberg, J., Arnow, B.A. In the mind’s eye: Provider and patient attitudes on functional brain imaging. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2008, 43(2): 107-14. [PubMed]
Wolf, S.W., Lawrenz, F., Nelson, C.A., Kahn, J.P., Cho, M., Clayton, E., Fletcher, J., Georgieff, M., Hammerschmidt, D., Hudson, K., Illes, J., Kapur, V., Keane, M., King, R. Koenig, B. LeRoy, B., McFarland, E., Paradise, J., Parker, L. Terry, S., Van Ness, B. Wilfond, B. Managing incidental findings in human subjects research. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 2008, 36(2): 219-48. [PubMed]
Illes, J., Chin, V.N. Bridging philosophical and practical implications of incidental findings in brain research. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 2008, 36(2): 298-304. [PubMed]
Illes, J, Lombera, S. Identifiable neuro ethics challenges to the banking of neuro data. Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology, 2009, 10(1): 71-94.
Illes, J., Lau, P.W., Giacino, J.T. Viewpoint: Neuroimaging, Impaired states of consciousness, and public outreach. Nature Clinical Practice Neurology, 2008, 4(10): 542-3. [PubMed]
Fins, J.*, Illes, J.*, Bernat, J.L., Hirsch, J., Laureys, S., Murphy, E.R. (*lead authors). Neuroimaging and disorders of consciousness: Envisioning an ethical research agenda. American Journal of Bioethics - Neuroscience, 2008, 8(9): 3-12. [PubMed]
Racine, E., Amaram, R., Seidler, M., Karczewska, M., Illes, J. Media coverage of the persistent vegetative state and end-of-life decision-making. Neurology, 2008, 71(13): 1027-32. Comment in: Neurology, 2008, 71(13): 964-965. [PubMed]
Hallmayer, J., Singh, J., Lazzeroni, L, Illes, J. Trends in U.S. autism research funding. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2008, 39(5):788-95.
Grunwell, J., Karkazis, K., Illes, J. Advancing neuroregenerative medicine: A call for expanded collaboration between neuroscientists and ethicists. Neuroethics, 2008, 2(1):13-20.
Illes, J. Fixing the leaky faucet. Science, 2008, 321(5897):1776. [PubMed]
Crawley, L.M., Illes, J. Direct-to-consumer advertising in black and white: Racial differences in placement patterns of print advertisements for health products and messages. Health Marketing Quarterly, 2009, 27(2).
Singh, J., Illes, J., Lazzeroni, L., Hallmayer, J. Clinical and research trends in autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2009, 39(5):788-95. [PubMed]
Lau, P.W., Illes, J. The gray zones of privatized imaging. American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience, 2009, 9(4):21-2. [PubMed]
Racine, E., Iles, J., Lansberg, M.G., Dion, M.J., Wijman, C. Profiles of neurological outcome prediction among intensivists. Neurocritical Care, 2009, in press. [PubMed]
Caulfield, T., Zarzeczny, A., McCormick, J., Bubela, T., Critchley, C., Einsiedel, E., Galipeau, J., Harmon, S., Huynh, M., Hyun, I., Illes, J., Isasi, R., Joly, Y., Laurie, G., Lomax, G., Longstaff, H., McDonald, M., Murdoch, C., Ogbogu, U., Owen-Smith, J., Pattinson, S., Premji, S., von Tigerstrom, B., Winickoff, D.E. The Stem Cell Research Environment: A Patchwork of Patchworks. Stem Cell Reviews and Reports, 2009, 5(2):82-8. [PubMed]
Buchman, D.Z., Skinner, W., Illes, J. Negotiating the relationship between addiction, ethics, and brain science. American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience, 2009, in press.
Illes, J. Neurologisms. American Journal of Bioethics. 2009, (9)9:1. [PubMed]
Caulfield, T., Zarzeczny, A., McCormick, J., Bubela, T., Chritchley, C., Einsiedel, E., Galipeau, J., Harmon, S., Huynh, M., Hyun, I., Illes, J., Isasi, R., Joly, Y., Laurie, G., Lomax, G., Longstaff, H., McDonald, M., Murdoch, C., Ogbogu, U., Owen-Smith, J., Pattinson, S., Premji, S., von Tigerstrom, B., Winickoff, D.E. International stem cell environments: A world of difference. Nature Reports Stem Cells, 2009.
Illes, J. (Ed.) Ethical Challenges in Advanced Neuroimaging, Brain and Cognition. Academic Press, New York, NY, 2002, 50(3).
Illes, J. and Atlas, S.W. (Eds.) Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Ethical Issues in MR Imaging. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, New York, NY, 2002, 13(2).
Illes, J. and Racine, E. (Eds.) Neuroethics: From Neurotechnology to Healthcare, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. Spring 2007.
Illes, J. and Pierce, K.R. (Eds.) Journal of Accountability in Research, Special Issue on Neuroethics. October – December 2008.
Illes, J. (Ed.) Minimally Conscious States, Imaging and Ethics, Special Issue of AJOB-Neuroscience on Minimally Conscious States. January 2009.