Dr. Judy Illes


Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at University of British Columbia (UBC) and Director of Neuroethics Canada (formerly, the National Core for Neuroethics, UBC)

Committee membership

Standing Committee on Ethics


Dr. Illes is Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia. She is Director of of Neuroethics Canada (formerly, the National Core for Neuroethics) at UBC, and faculty in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC and at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. 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, and is a Life Member of Clare Hall, the University of Cambridge. Dr. Illes was appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2017.

Dr. Illes' research focuses on ethical, legal, social and policy challenges specifically at the intersection of the neurosciences and biomedical ethics. This includes studies in the areas of incidental findings and functional neuroimaging in basic and clinical research, addiction neuroethics, stem cells and regenerative medicine, dementia, neurodevelopmental disorders, 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.

Dr. Illes is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, and mentor. Her most recent book is Neuroethics: Anticipating the Future (Oxford University Press, 2017). She is a Founder, Governing Board Member, and Immediate Past President of the International Neuroethics Society, a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and a former member of the Forum on Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders of the Institute of Medicine (IoM) and Internal Advisory Board for the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) (2002-2009). She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2011), a Fellow Royal Society of Canada (2012), and a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (2013) and, in addition to her role as Vice Chair of INMHA’s newly reconstituted IAB, also serves as Vice Chair of CIHR’s Standing Committee on Ethics.

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