Expert Profile

Dr. Judy Illes, CM, PhD

Professor, Distinguished University Scholar, UBC Distinguished Scholar in Neuroethics (She/Her/Hers)


  • Ethics
  • brain
  • biomedicine
  • bioethics
  • neuroscience
  • Dr. Illes is a world-renowned 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 received her PhD from Stanford University, and holds faculty appointments at UBC, the University of Washington in Seattle, and Clare Hall at Cambridge University in England. 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. Dr. 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. She received the Order of Canada, the country’s highest citizen award, in 2017.
  • English
  • French - somewhat fluent

Judy Illes


Tel: 604-822-0746



Alternate Contact

Erik Rolfsen
UBC Media Relations

Tel: 604-822-2644
Cell: 604-209-3048