National Core for Neuroethics
2211 Wesbrook Mall, Koerner S124
Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5
phone: 6048220746

Dr. 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 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, Cambridge University.

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. She is a 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). Her most recent books are The Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Addiction Neuroethics (Elsevier Press, 2012).

Dr. Illes is the immediate past Chair of the Committee on Women in World Neuroscience (WWN) for the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), and a Canadian representative to the IBRO US-Canada Regional Committee. She is a Fellow of the 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).

Centre for Applied Ethics

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
  • Fellow, Canadian Association for Health Sciences, September, 2011
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, November, 2012
  • Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Science, February 2013


Awards for Service

  • Service Award, Women in Neuroscience, October 2004
  • Women of Distinction Award Nominee, YWCA, June 2009
  • Louise Hanson Marshall Special Recognition Award, Society for Neuroscience, November 2011
  • Women in World Neuroscience, IBRO, Honored Member, November 2013
  • Neurology Residents Research Mentor, 2011 – present

Courses taught:
Neuroethics for Neurotechnology, under development

Current students
Shelley Benjaminy, Ph.D. Student, Graduate Program in Experimental Medicine University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, September 2013 – present (Supervisor).
Adrian, Byram, Ph.D. Student, Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, September 2013 – present (Supervisor).
Michelle Chatkabouri, Ph.D., Student, Graduate Program in Experimental Medicine University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, September 2014 – present (Supervisor).