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

New Award honours Ethics in Palliative Care: Winner Announcement


Winners of New Award for Ethics in Palliative Care Announced

Montreal, September 10, 2014—The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research is pleased to announce the winners of the Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care: Margaret Somerville and Kelly Hubbard. The new award recognizes and honours the important work done by Jean Echlin in her long and distinguished career in palliative care.

Margaret Somerville, Founding Director of McGill’s Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, Samuel Gale Professor of Law, and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, has worked for over 30 years as an ethicist. During her career she has been a bold beacon of reason in both her academic work and the public square against legalizing euthanasia, arguing for better access to high quality palliative care, especially total pain management in caring for dying people.

Ian Gentles appears on The Arena with Michael Coren to discuss 'Complications'

On Tuesday, July 9th, Dr. Ian Gentles appeared on The Arena with Michael Coren to discuss the Institute's latest book, Complications. Check out the video here!

PRESS RELEASE - Autism: New Attitudes, Approaches and Assumptions


Autism: New Attitudes, Approaches and Assumptions

Toronto, July 11, 2014—The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research hosted a public discussion: Autism: New Attitudes, Approaches and Assumptions featuring leading Canadian researchers and thinkers in the field of autism.

Funded through the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Café Scientifique series, speakers included CIHR researchers Dr. James Bebko, Dr. Edvokia Anagnostou, and leading advocate Estée Klar.

New Windsor Star Article on the Jean Echlin Award

The Windsor Star has recently reported on the DeVeber Institute's release of the Jean Echlin Award, congratulating Ms. Echlin on her continuing work for palliative care over the last 35 years:

Lorraine Mary-Williams, you will be missed.

...It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of long-time friend and member to our Advisory Council, Lorraine Mary-Williams who passed away peacefully on July 4th, 2014.

Lorraine will be remembered for her outstanding work and life as an author, mother and friend. Lorraine lived a life of open hearted generosity, of love and care for all who met her – and sincere dedication to life issues which she lived through her example and work. 

She will be missed by everyone at the deVeber Institute. To read about her life or attend a visitation or funeral on Thursday, July 10th please visit: