Judy Illes

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Judy Illes
Born (1960-04-30) April 30, 1960 (age 62)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma materStanford University
Scientific career
InstitutionsNeuroethics Canada
University of British Columbia

Judy Illes, CM, PHD, FRSC, FCAHS,[1] (born April 30, 1960) is Professor of Neurology and Distinguished University Scholar in Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia. She is Director of Neuroethics Canada at UBC, and faculty in the Brain Research Centre at UBC and at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.[2] She also holds affiliate 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 was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2017.

Research focus[edit]

Illes' research focuses on the ethical, legal, social and policy challenges specifically at the intersection of the neurosciences and biomedical ethics. This includes studies on advanced neurotechnologies in basic and clinical research, regenerative medicine, dementia, addiction, and the commercialization of cognitive neuroscience. She also leads a robust program of research and outreach devoted to improving the literacy of neuroscience and engaging stakeholders on a global scale.[3]

Other activities[edit]

Illes is a pioneer of the field of neuroethics that was formally established in early 2000 to directly align biomedical ethics with neuroscience in research, clinical practice, and the commercialization of brain health. She is co-lead of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy of the International Brain Initiative, and sits on numerous advisory boards, including the Standing Committee on Ethics and the Institute for Neuroscience Mental Health and Addiction of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She also is a newly appointed Director-at-Large of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Illes is often asked to provide expert consultation and testimony on ethics matters involving conflict of interest, neuroprivacy, and ownership of research data, governance, and regulation


  • The Strategic Grant-seeker: A Guide To Conceptualizing Fundable Research in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences (1999)
  • Neuroethics: Defining the issues in theory, practice, and policy (2005)
  • Addiction Neuroethics: The Ethics of Addiction Neuroscience Research and Treatment (2011)
  • Ethical Issues in Behavioral Neuroscience (2015)
  • Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics (2013)
  • Neuroethics: Anticipating the Future (2017)
  • Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics (Pain - 2018; Global Mental Health - 2019; Do it Yourself Neurotechnologies - 2020 forthcoming)

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2017, Illes was appointed to the Order of Canada.[4][5][6]

  • Women in Neuroscience, 2004[7]
  • Women of Distinction Award Nominee, YWCA, 2009[7]
  • Mentoring Award Nominee, Nature, 2010[7]
  • Louise Hanson Marshall Special Recognition Award, Society for Neuroscience, 2011[7]
  • Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics, 2018[4][7]
  • Martin M. Hoffman Award for Research Excellence, UBC Faculty of Medicine, 2021[8]
  • UBC Distinguished University Scholar, 2021[9]
  • Distinguished Professor in Clinical/Applied Science, UBC Faculty of Medicine, 2021[10]
  • Prize, Italian Society of Neuroethics, Milan, Italy, 2022[11]
  • UBC Distinguished Professor in Neuroethics, 2022

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Neuroethics Canada - People".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "UBC Health – Men's Health solutions and guides from UBC". www.ubcneurology.com.
  3. ^ "Neuroethics Canada, University of British Columbia". neuroethics.ubc.ca.
  4. ^ a b "Judy Illes awarded the 2018 Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics". UBC Faculty of Medicine. November 2, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Martin Gleave and Judy Illes among 125 appointed to the Order of Canada". UBC Faculty of Medicine. January 2, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Appointments To The Order of Canada". The Governor General of Canada. December 29, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Judy Illes | Department of Medicine". medicine.med.ubc.ca. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Congratulations to the 2021 UBC Department of Medicine Faculty & Staff Award Recipients | Department of Medicine". medicine.med.ubc.ca. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  9. ^ "Dr. Judy Illes (Division of Neurology) named 2021 Distinguished University Scholar at UBC | Department of Medicine". medicine.med.ubc.ca. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  10. ^ "Dr. Judy Illes and Dr. Michael Kobor receive Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Researcher Awards". UBC Faculty of Medicine. July 30, 2021. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  11. ^ "Neuroethics Canada University of British Columbia". neuroethics.med.ubc.ca. Retrieved May 16, 2022.