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

DeVeber Institute's Research Director Published in the National Post

‘Good reasons’

Re: Abortion Delays Cited In New Study, Nov. 24.
There may be good reasons why mifepristone and misoprostol (RU-486) have not yet been legalized for medical abortions in Canada. Their failure rate in international studies ranges between 4% and 16% or higher. Medical abortions also have more adverse side effects than surgical abortion, and the children who survive them have a much higher incidence of birth defects, including Möbius syndrome.

Of course, almost every woman seeking an abortion does have a real alternative. She can carry her pregnancy to term.

Ian Gentles, research director, deVeber Institute for Bioethics, Toronto.

Words on assisted suicide from a man living with MS for 30 years

"One person’s actions don’t affect just them. They never do. If I choose assisted suicide it will affect my wife, my children and my grandchildren. It will affect my doctor because I will ask her to stop being a healer and become my killer. My suicide will affect my community and, in a small way, it will affect my nation by helping to entrench the notion there is such a thing as a life unworthy to be lived."

Profound words from Mark Davis Pickup, a man living with MS for 30 years, on the concept of an interdependent community.

DeVeber Institute hosts Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care

Reprinted article from ehospice.com from: http://www.ehospice.com/ArticleView/tabid/10686/ArticleId/12262/language/en-GB/View.aspx

The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research held a luncheon ceremony at the 20th International Congress of Palliative Care to mark the inaugural Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care.

The award seeks to recognise individuals who epitomise the values of hospice and palliative care through their daily work. It honours palliative care pioneer Jean Echlin, a registered nurse who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the field of palliative care in Canada.

New Award honours Ethics in Palliative Care: Winner Announcement

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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!