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.
RESEARCH UNIT DIRECTOREric Racine, PhDDr. 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).
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTVijaya MadhooVijaya 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.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSSebastian Sattler, PhDSebastian 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, DPhilVeljko Dubljevic 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, PhDJoé 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.
STUDENTS, INTERNS, AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSTrainees 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, PhDPostdoctoral researcherAline 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, PhDPostdoctoral researcherAriel 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.
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, PhDPostdoctoral researcherMatthew 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 ChouinardPhD StudentIsabelle 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.
Ariane QuintalMaster's Student
Lila Karpowicz Master’s StudentLila 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, MDMaster'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, MScResearch CoordinatorDearbhail 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, MAResearch CoordinatorRoxanne 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 ChuResearch 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 FrancoeurAssistante 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 CoordinatorNatalie 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 AssistantJeannine Amyot (2006-2014)
Postdoctoral FellowsNicole Palmour (2010-2012) (Previously Research Coordinator) Bruce Maxwell (2009)
PhD StudentsGhislaine Mathieu (2007-2014) (Previously Master's Student)Cynthia Forlini (2009-2013) (Previously Master's Student)Emma Zimmerman (2009-2011)
Masters StudentsVictoria 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 studentsSasha 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 AssistantsKaylee 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 ResearchersKenneth Richman, May-June 2016, School of Arts and Science, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Boston, United StatesLucie 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, AustraliaHillel Braude, MD/PhD, 2011-2012, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie UniversityJayne Lucke, PhD, October 2011, Addiction Neuroethics Unit, University of Brisbane, AustraliaKatja Kuehlmeyer, PhD, June-July 2010 et December 2010, Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Palliative Care, University and Hospital of Munich, GermanySimon Outram, PhD, December 2009, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie UniversityLuciana Caliman, PhD, June-July 2007, Department of Social Medicine, Federal university of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil