Every year, the Dana Foundation supports over 750 global events in an effort to raise awareness around the progress and benefits of brain research. This international campaign is known as Brain Awareness Week  and one of Vancouver’s leading local organizations, The National Core for Neuroethics, partnered with the Dana Foundation to join in on these celebrations. The core invited Dr. Thomas Cochrane, MD, MBA, Associate Neurologist and Senior Ethics Consultant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of Neuroethics, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, to deliver a distinguished lecture on the ethics of hidden consciousness. Lectures were delivered in downtown Vancouver at the University of British Columbia and at Vancouver General Hospital.

This free annual public lecture provided a venue for both the academic community and the general public to learn about the cutting edge brain research and important health concerns. It provided the opportunity for professionals and researchers to share their recent findings and to interact with those who are impacted most.

Here in Vancouver, we’re lucky to be home to some of the leading names in brain research and neuroethics, including Dr. Judy Illes, who established the first research centre in Vancouver devoted to neuroethics and serves as President of the International Neuroethics Society. Dr. Illes was recently nominated for the 34th Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and is a Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia.

The Be a Host program was honoured to support the events around Brain Awareness Week and help bring attention to current research being led by the Core. If you or a colleague are interested in bringing a meeting to Vancouver, contact the Be a Host program to learn more about support available.