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.

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Press Release: New Award for Ethics in Palliative Care

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New Award for Ethics in Palliative Care

Toronto, July 3rd, 2014—The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research is pleased to announce the Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care, a new award that recognizes and honours the important work done by Jean Echlin in her long and distinguished career in palliative care.

A nominee for the award must be an individual or a group of individuals that supports, believes in, and embodies the philosophy and ethics of palliative care. Nominees support the notion that palliative care constitutes not just dying well, but also, and more importantly, living well. And that all persons should be provided the highest level of quality-of-life until the moment of death.

FREE EVENT - Autism: New Attitudes, Approaches, and Assumptions

Autism: New Attitudes, Approaches, and Assumptions

Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care

The deVeber Institute’s Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care recognizes and honours the important work done by Jean Echlin in her long and distinguished career in palliative care.

A nominee for the award must be an individual or a group of individuals that supports, believes in, and embodies the philosophy and ethics of palliative care. Nominees support the notion that palliative care constitutes not just dying well, but also, and more importantly, living well. And that all persons should be provided the highest level of quality-of-life until the moment of death.

Seminar a success! The Problem of Pain in Persons with Dementia: The Challenges of Assessment and Management

The deVeber Institute presents an Educational Series on Palliative Care

The Problem of Pain in Persons with Dementia:

The Challenges of Assessment and Management

Held on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014   12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participants explored the following topics:

The Ethics of Pain Management in Long-Term Care

Collaborative Care: “Standard Care versus Nice to Have”

Barriers and Challenges:

Dying patient thanks palliative doctor for making ‘sad ending better’

Dying patient thanks palliative doctor for making ‘sad ending better’ 

(Video and article included here)

Kenneth Owen has terminal cancer and thanks his doctor, Darren Cargill for making the end of his life easier.

“What Dr. Cargill has done for me, and for my wife, is make that fear go away.”

Cargill said the gratitude shown to him by patients and family really motivates him in this specialty he loves. “When someone has a lot of symptoms and pain, and I can do something to help that, and usually fairly quickly, that’s something that’s very gratifying for me as a practitioner,” he said.