The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research conducts and disseminates research on topics connected to human life in its biological, social and ethical dimensions. These topics are selected for study depending on emerging medical, technological and social developments. In undertaking this work the Institute believes that a sense of the inherent value and dignity of human life and of the human person as an end and not a means is a foundational perspective to bring to bear on its work.

The Institute's research may be original or may consist of reviews of existing literature. In each case the Institute's work is to be of the highest academic quality, though accessible to the general public.

From the Director's Desk

What's the difference anyways? Palliative Care versus MAID/MAD (Medical Aid in Dying)

There is growing confusion concerning end-of-life issues: what is palliative care, what can families expect if they ask for palliative care versus medical-aid-in-dying, and what is the difference?

Attention: Palliative care is NOT medical-aid-in-dying (MAID/MAD).

Giving Tuesday!

On Thursday, November 24th the deVeber Institute held its 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) via conference call. The meeting's minutes will be made available later this week. For the Executive Director's Report and a summary of everything the deVeber Institute has been able to accomplish this year thanks to the generous support of our donors please email bioethics@deveber.org

We greatly appreciate the support we have received this year from our donors! Please consider making a donation today, on Giving Tuesday, to enable us to continue and plan for more important initiatives in 2017. 

 

 

A student's reflection on Hush Documentary

The Hush International Trailer is an attention grabbing introduction to the award winning, riveting documentary, that tackles one of the most important and controversial issues of our time; abortion & women's health.

To watch the trailer visit: https://www.reelhouse.org/mightymotionpictures/hushfilm/hush-international-trailer

Our newest co-op student, Jade Meawasige, has watched the film and offers her reflection as a 16-year-old young woman faced with this startling information concerning women's health and what we are not being told.

Annual Public Lecture

Annual Public Lecture Review

The deVeber Institute hosted it's Annual Public Lecture on Thursday Oct.27th 2016 at 7:00pm.  Our Special Guest this year was Dr. Ewan Goligher who spoke "On Saying "No": the Ethics of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare".  The event was co-hosted by Wycliffe College in Sharton Hall at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Ewan Goliger is a physiologist and an intensive care physician. He studied biochemistry and medicine at UBC and trained in internal medicine and critical care medicine in Toronto. He earned his PhD in respiratory physiology at the University of Toronto and divides his time between clinical care and research. He has written and spoken on ethical issues in end-of-life care and conscientious objection.

2016 Newsletter

What a Team

Kudos to our excellent summer student interns for their great work on pregnancy and end-of-life research. Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program and the volunteer mentorship of Institute members.

Mariya-Kvitlana Tsap 3rd yr International Relations and Public Policy, University of Toronto  

“Working at the deVeber Institute this summer, with such a wonderful team, was an eye-opening experience as I had the chance to delve deeper into women’s health issues in the developing world.”

 

Katie Pfaff 2nd yr Social Work & Disability Studies, University of Windsor