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.

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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:



Press Release: New Award for Ethics in Palliative Care


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