Judy Illes

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Judy Illes
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Born (1960-04-30) April 30, 1960 (age 59)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
ResidenceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Alma materStanford University
Scientific career
InstitutionsNational Core for Neuroethics
University of British Columbia

Judy Illes, CM, Ph.D., FRSC, FCAHS,[1] 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 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 functional neuroimaging 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]

Dr. Illes is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, and mentor. She is a co-founder and Governing Board Member of the International Neuroethics Society, a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and a former member of the Internal Advisory Board for the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR) and of the Forum on Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders of the Institute of Medicine (IoM). She is also a committee member of Women in World Neuroscience (IBRO) and a representative to the US-Canada Regional Committee of IBRO.

In April 2015, along with Catherine Anderson, a fellow UBC professor, Illes, a member of the selection committee for the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame, resigned when, for the second year in a row, there were no female candidates in the list of finalists.[4]


  • 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)

Awards and Honours[edit]

In 2017, Illes was appointed to the Order of Canada.[5][6][7]

  • Women in Neuroscience, 2004[8]
  • Women of Distinction Award Nominee, YWCA, 2009[8]
  • Mentoring Award Nominee, Nature, 2010[8]
  • Louise Hanson Marshall Special Recognition Award, Society for Neuroscience, 2011[8]
  • Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics, 2018[8][5]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Dr. Judy Illes elected to the Royal Society of Canada - NeuroDevNet". www.neurodevnet.ca. November 20, 2012.
  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. ^ Schwartz, Zane (April 11, 2015). "Top Canadian scientists resign over lack of female nominees". Maclean's.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Martin Gleave and Judy Illes among 125 appointed to the Order of Canada". UBC Faculty of Medicine. January 2, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Appointments To The Order of Canada". The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Judy Illes | Department of Medicine". medicine.med.ubc.ca. Retrieved February 7, 2019.