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Research unit director

The Neuroethics research unit is committed to training a new generation of students and researchers in neuroethics through the conduct of collaborative interdisciplinary research within Montréal’s unique neuroscience and bioethics environment. Click here to see a list of our alumni.


Eric Racine, PhD
Dr. Eric Racine is Director of the Neuroethics research unit and Full IRCM Research Professor. He is also a member of the Departments of Medicine and Social and Preventive Medicine (Bioethics Programs; Université de Montréal), an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery (McGill University), and an Affiliate Member of the Biomedical Ethics Unit (McGill University).



Vijaya Madhoo
Vijaya Madhoo has over 10 years of combined experience in molecular biology, communications, research, and administration. She provides overall assistance and support for the research activities of the Neuroethics research unit.


Sebastian Sattler, PhD
Sebastian Sattler, Dr, became a researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology (University of Cologne) in 2015 following his CGS-Thyssen PostDoc Fellowship at the Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (University of Cologne). After studying sociology, political sciences, and journalism (University of Leipzig), he completed his dissertation on approaches to explaining morally questionable behavior at Bielefeld University. His research interests include the assessment and explanation of behavior that is often perceived as or actually is a violation of social and/or legal norms such as human/cognitive enhancement (CE), academic dishonesty, and stigmatization. Since 2010, he collaborates with the different scholars from the Neuroethics Research Unit.

Veljko Dubljevic, PhD, DPhil
Veljko Dubljevic Ph.D.,D.Phil., is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and affiliate of the Science, Technology and Society program at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Before joining NCSU, he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Neuroethics Research Unit at IRCM and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He studied philosophy (University of Novi Sad) and economics (Educons University), and obtained a PhD in political science (University of Belgrade). After that he joined the Research Training Group “Bioethics” at University of Tuebingen, and after studying philosophy, bioethics, and neuroscience, he obtained a doctorate in philosophy (University of Stuttgart). Veljko’s research focuses on ethics of neuroscience and technology, and neuroscience of ethics. He has over 40 publications in moral, legal and political philosophy and in neuroethics. He co-edited a volume at Oxford University Press (together with Fabrice Jotterand): Cognitive Enhancement: Ethical and Policy Implications in International Perspectives, and is working on his monograph Neuroethics and Justice: Public Reason in the Cognitive Enhancement Debate, (in Book Series “The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology,” under contract with Springer). He also serves as the inaugural managing editor and co-editor for the book series “Advances in Neuroethics” (under contract with Springer).

Joé T. Martineau, PhD
Joé T. Martineau, PhD, is an assistant professor in ethical management at HEC Montreal, in the management department. For more than 10 years, she has been teaching organisational ethics, governance and management courses, in different programs. She has a doctoral training in ethical management (HEC Montreal), and also a double postdoctoral training in neuroethics (IRCM) and in health services administration (UdeM). Dr Martineau is a researcher associated to the Ethical Management Chair of the HEC Montreal, an associate member of the Neuroethics Research Unit of the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) and a regular member of the Institut d'Éthique Appliquée (IDEA) of Université Laval . Her research interests are related to the composition of ethics programs, diversity of ethical management practices in organizations, the different factors that influence ethical thinking and behaviour in organizations, ethics and decision-making neuroscience, as well as ethics of neuroscience applied to organizational context. More globally, she is interested in management and ethics of private and public organizations and health sector.


Trainees of the Neuroethics research unit pursue their projects full time in a collegial and focused research environment under the supervision of the unit’s leadership.

Aline Bogossian, PhD
Postdoctoral researcher
Aline is a postdoctoral fellow at the IRCM’s Neuroethics Research Unit where she will be working on interventional research in neuroethics with a focus on transitions of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities from paediatric to adult systems.  Her doctoral research entitled “Out of the darkness and into the light: The experiences of fathers of children with neurodisabilities” was funded by Fonds de recherche du Québec en société et culture (FRQSC) and the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP), a transdisciplinary training and mentorship program for future independent scientists in child health research. Aline is a clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience in paediatric social work and has taught foundational social work courses at McGill University, School of Social Work.   Her research interests include understanding the broader social contexts and lifespan experiences of parents and caregivers of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, qualitative research methodologies and social work pedagogy.

Ariel Cascio, PhD
Postdoctoral researcher
Ariel Cascio comes to her postdoctoral position from a background in anthropology. After completing her doctorate in anthropology from Case Western Reserve University (Ohio, USA) in May 2015, she most recently held a position as visiting lecturer in medical anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA). Her dissertation, entitled “Biopolitics and Subjectivity: The Case of Autism Spectrum Conditions in Italy,” focused on the lived experiences of adolescents and adults ages 14-34 participating in autism-specific services. This study involved 11 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Italy, supported by a US-Italy Fulbright IIE Grant, and included participant observation at these services as well as interviews with professionals, parents, and people with autism. Ariel’s other recent work as a research assistant at the Prevention Research Center at Case Western Reserve University (Principle Investigator: Darcy Freedman) revolves around healthy eating policy, systems, and environmental level changes and involves multidisciplinary and community based participatory research strategies.

Matthew Sample, PhD
Postdoctoral researcher
Matthew Sample works on philosophical problems bridging philosophy of science, bioethics, and science and technology studies (STS). Most recently, his dissertation employs the STS concept of "sociotechnical imaginary" to explicate the political and ethical underpinnings of neural engineering practice. His graduate work has included studies at the University of Cambridge (MPhil, history & philosophy of science), the University of Washington (PhD, philosophy), and a fellowship at the Harvard Program on Science, Technology, and Society.


Isabelle Chouinard
PhD Student
Isabelle Chouinard is a Trudeau Scholar and PhD candidate in the Applied Human Sciences program (Bioethics option) at the Université de Montréal. Her academic background includes studies in anthropology, social work, and telehealth. Prior to returning to Montréal in 2010, Isabelle was an active member of the ethics community in Calgary, Alberta where she was a member of a hospital clinical ethics committee, member of the Conjoint Research Ethics Board of the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, as well as long-time volunteer and student within the Clinical Ethics Services at Alberta Health Services. Isabelle’s current research aims to understand the impact of neuroprognostication and prognostic variability, within the context of evidence-based medicine, on end-of-life decision-making in pediatric intensive care settings.

John Aspler 
PhD Student
John Aspler graduated from McGill University with a BSc in Neuroscience and a minor in Music. Although originally interested in music cognition, his exposure to a stream of problematic neuroscience-related news publications both cultivated and cemented in him an interest in improving the public’s understanding of science. At present, John pursues a PhD at McGill University and at the Neuroethics Research Unit, where he is working on several projects about the media discourse surrounding people with neurodevelopmental disabilities (e.g., fetal alcohol spectrum disorder). 

Ariane Quintal
Master's Student
Ariane is completing her last year of undergraduate studies in neuroscience at Université de Montréal. Her experience in fundamental research was centered on developmental neurosciences of the cortex and visual system. Her interest in health care ethics brought her to the Unit as an intern, where she will be doing a project on psychosocial and ethical aspects of artificial pancreas implantation on people with type I diabetes, in collaboration with Dr Remi Rabasa-Lhoret laboratory at the IRCM. Identifying these aspects will lead to hopefully better care for patients benefiting from this novel technology.


Lila Karpowicz
Master’s Student
Lila Karpowicz is currently a master’s student in bioethics at the Université de Montréal. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from Concordia University, where she was also a member of the Science College, a small department which offers a minor in Multidisciplinary Studies in Science. While at Concordia, she has been involved in a few research projects in biophysics, neuroscience, and neuropsychology. Her current academic interests revolve around neuroscience and neurology in the medical field, including the ethics of neurosurgical innovation and neurostimulation. 

Lisa Anne Rasmussen, MD
Master's Student  
Lisa Anne studied Human Physiology at the University of Saskatchewan and afterwards attended Medical School.  Her keen interest in Pediatric Neurology developed in high-school and she followed this dream in 2006 when she started her residency in Pediatric Neurology at the BC Children’s Hospital through the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  During her residency, Lisa Anne’s main interest was Neuro-Oncology and later on, Palliative Care.  She was blessed in 2011 when she was brought on as a locum at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Lisa Anne is currently working as a General Pediatric Neurologist at the MCH, with focused clinics for neonatal neurology, headache and Neurofibromatosis. Lisa Anne has also joined the Pediatric Palliative Care team at the MCH.  In September 2012, Lisa Anne started a Master’s of Biomedical Ethics through McGill.  She aims to combine this training with a fellowship in Palliative Care in the near future.  Her research interests are starting to develop and she hopes to focus on quality of life in neurodegenerative diseases, perceptions and practices in transition to Palliative Care, and ethical frameworks as applied to prognostication and medical decision making.


Dearbhail Bracken-Roche, MSc
Research Coordinator
Dearbhail is a Master’s of Science candidate in Biomedical Ethics at McGill University, having completed an HBSc in Psychology and Bioethics at the University of Toronto in 2014. She joined the Neuroethics Research Unit as a research intern in the summer of 2013, working on a project examining patient protections and autonomy in the context of surgical innovation, and returned in 2014 to pursue an MSc in Biomedical Ethics at McGill University. Dearbhail’s research interests are in clinical and research ethics, and her graduate work critically examined and proposed a novel approach to the research ethics concept of ‘vulnerability’. As a research coordinator, she is involved in further work on the concept of vulnerability in mental health, as well as research on the ethical issues arising in the context of suicide in research and clinical care.

Roxanne Caron, MA
Research Coordinator
Roxanne completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science at Laval University, Quebec city, in 2014. She then integrated the master’s program in Philosophy (specialty in Biomedical Ethics) at McGill University, with the goal of integrating both her interests in public policy and ethical, legal and social issues raised by innovations in genetics and genomics. Her master’s research focused on ethical considerations surrounding the ban of doping in professional sports. She is now studying law at McGill University (BCL/LL.B). At the Unit, Roxanne brings an administrative support to the team’s activities, while at the same time working on a project aimed at ethically reflecting on our current healthcare system and its outcome.

Sonja Chu
Research Assistant  
Sonja completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at McGill University in 2016. Sonja's research and academic interests involve the cognitive neuroscience of memory, neuroimaging, and the treatment of mental disorders. Through her work in the Unit, she hopes to learn more about the ways that ethical issues in these areas impact the experiences of individuals in psychological research and mental health care. At the Unit, Sonja lends administrative support to all team members through her involvement in various projects within the lab. 

Audrey Francoeur
Assistante de recherche
Audrey is a third year undergraduate student in the psychology program at Université de Montréal. She plan on continuing on with the doctorate in research psychology and intervention at Université de Montréal. She is passionate about research, with prior experiences with severe mental health issues, traumas, and stress. She joined the Neuroethics Research Unit in January 2017 as a research assistant, with the goal of merging her background in psychology and her interest for research ethics regarding individuals with a mental health diagnosis. Audrey brings a technical support to the different projects currently worked on in the Unit.




Associate Researcher 
Emily Bell (2007-2015) (Previously Postdoctoral Fellow)

Research Coordinator
Natalie Zizzo (2015) (Previously Master's Student, 2013-2015)
Maya Dufourcq-Brana (2012)
Catherine Rodrigue (2010-2012) (Previously Master's Student, 2008-2009)
Constance Deslauriers (2011) (Previously Master's Student, 2007-2009)

Administrative Assistant
Jeannine Amyot (2006-2014)

Postdoctoral Fellows
Nicole Palmour (2010-2012) (Previously Research Coordinator)
Bruce Maxwell (2009)

PhD Students
Ghislaine Mathieu (2007-2014) (Previously Master's Student)
Cynthia Forlini (2009-2013) (Previously Master's Student)
Emma Zimmerman (2009-2011)

Masters Students
Victoria Saigle (2013-2016) (Previously Summer Student)
Sophie Fleury-Côté (2011-2014)
Ariane Daoust (2009-2013)
Tessa Wallace (2011-2012)
Danaë Bastien-Larivière (2008-2010)

Interns and summer students
Sasha Burwell (2016)
Leonardo Di Oliveira (2016)
Ayhan Yildrim (2015)
Esthelle Ewusi-Boisvert (2015)
Isabelle Sokolnicka (2014-2015)
Philip Léger (2014)
Graham C. Wilson (2014)
Valentin Nguyen (2014)
Alice Escande (2013)
Megan Galeucia (2012)
David Bouvier (2006-2008)
Amaryllis Ferrand (2007)
Matthew Seidler (2006)
Marta Karzewska (2006)
Marie-Josée Dion (2006)

Research Assistants
Kaylee Sohng (2016)
Simon Rousseau-Lesage (2015-2016) (Previously Summer Student)
Nathalie Voarino (2015)
Stephen Clarke (2015)
Allison Yan (2012-2013)
Tristana Martin Rubio (2011-2012)
Sonia Paradis (2010-2011)
Brandy Vanderbyl (2009-2010)
Daniele Pistilli (2009)
William Affleck (2008-2009)
Zoe Costa Von Aesch (2007)
David Risse (2006-2007)

Invited Researchers
Kenneth Richman, May-June 2016, School of Arts and Science, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Boston, United States
Lucie Wade, 2012, Joint Center of Bioethics, University of Toronto (Previously Master's Student, 2009)
Brad Partridge, PhD, November 2012, Addictions Neuroethics Unit, University of Brisbane, Australia
Hillel Braude, MD/PhD, 2011-2012, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University
Jayne Lucke, PhD, October 2011, Addiction Neuroethics Unit, University of Brisbane, Australia
Katja Kuehlmeyer, PhD, June-July 2010 et December 2010, Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Palliative Care, University and Hospital of Munich, Germany
Simon Outram, PhD, December 2009, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University
Luciana Caliman, PhD, June-July 2007, Department of Social Medicine, Federal university of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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