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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 Associate 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.


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.

Veljko Dubljevic
Postdoctoral researcher 
Veljko Dubljevic Ph.D.,D.Phil., is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Neuroethics Research Unit at IRCM and Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University. 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
Postdoctoral researcher 
Joé T. Martineau is postdoctoral fellow at the IRCM’s Neuroethics research unit, and postdoctoral fellow in health services administration at the University of Montreal. Additionally, she is a research associate at the Chair in Ethical Management at HEC Montreal, where she has also lectured in management and business ethics since 2006. Her research interests include the neuroscience of ethics and decision-making, specifically applied to business ethics and management, as well as the ethics of neuroscience research and techniques applied to organizational contexts. More broadly, she is interested in the management and the ethics of private, public and health organizations. Her postdoctoral research project, funded by postdoctoral scholarships from FRQSC and the Faculty of Medicine of UdeM, examines the empathy of managers in private, public and healthcare organizations. Joé T. Martineau has a Ph.D. in administration (management and business ethics) and a M.Sc. in management (crisis management) from HEC Montreal, and a master in political sciences from Sciences Po Paris (IEP-Paris). She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences and published several scientific papers about her research.

Ariel Cascio
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.

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). 

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, M.D.
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.

Victoria Saigle
Master's Student
Victoria Saigle, a graduate student at the IRCM’s Neuroethics Research Unit, is in the process of completing her Master’s degree in Experimental Medicine with a concentration in bioethics at McGill University. Victoria also obtained her B.A.&Sc. in Cognitive Science at McGill University, where she specialized in neuroscience and philosophy. Much of her work as a member of the unit over the past few years has been dedicated to issues related to practical issues faced by suicidal individuals and professionals who frequently interact with these populations, neuroscientific studies of free will, and the communication of scientific findings in the print media and academic literature. She is interested in exploring how individuals understand neuroscientific findings, particularly in the context of mental illness, and how these beliefs may be translated into health policy.

Dearbhail Bracken-Roche
Master's Student
Dearbhail graduated from the University of Toronto with an HBSc in Psychology and Bioethics 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 include neuroethics in clinical and research settings, and her graduate work focuses on better understanding the concept of vulnerability and its implications in the context of research and clinical innovation for psychiatric disorders.

Ariane Quintal
Undergraduate Intern

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.



Roxanne Caron
Research Assistant
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. In her master’s research, she focuses on ethical considerations surrounding the ban of doping in professional sports. 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.

Simon Rousseau-Lesage
Research Assistant
Simon is now finishing a bachelor's degree in philosophy at University of Montreal. Convinced of the relevance of an interdisciplinary dialogue between philosophy and neuroscience for future research, his interests at the intersection of these disciplines led him to the Unit for a summer internship in 2015. He was involved in various projects, but his main contributions focused on ethical issues surrounding free-will and addicts patients. He now joined the Unit as a research assistant and brings a technical support to different projects and works in progress, in addition to his participation in certain publications. Simon plans to pursue his studies with a master's degree in philosophy and is mostly interested by questions intersecting philosophy of mind, cognitive sciences and the phenomenological movement.

Kaylee Sohng
Research Assistant
Kaylee is pursuing her BSc in neuroscience at McGill. She is interested in the implications of modern day neuroscience research, and has a particular interest in aging and geriatric health. She hopes to learn more about how our growing capabilities in neuroscience research call for awareness of our actions and their impact on the human existence. In addition, she has interests in aging and immigrant populations, as well as health and science communication via audio-based media.



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
Sophie Fleury-Côté (2011-2014)
Ariane Daoust (2009-2013)
Tessa Wallace (2011-2012)
Danaë Bastien-Larivière (2008-2010)

Interns and summer students
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
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
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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