What We Do

Vision Statement

Research and Scholarship for an Informed Social Response to Human Life Questions.

Mission Statement

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.


The Institute conducts two kinds of research: original research and reviews of existing literature. While it is of high academic quality and intended for professionals and students alike, the research is written in plain language to be accessible to the general public.


Our research can be found published in books and scholarly journals, as well as in electronic format on the Internet and in the popular media.

The Institute was founded in 1982 and since that time has published studies on the following subjects:

  • the medical and psychological consequences of induced abortion for women's health.
  • the relationship between legal and illegal abortion rates
  • the changing goals of classroom-based sex education
  • child-abuse prevention programs in Canada
  • the legal and societal trends regarding euthanasia in Canada, the United States and Great Britain. This included a survey of the attitudes regarding euthanasia of palliative care workers.
  • the use of heroin and morphine in palliative care
  • the experience of unplanned single motherhood in Canada


The deVeber Institute is a free resource for the media, the public, students, and others. Drawing on the diverse strengths of our Board of Directors and Advisory Council, we answer your questions, simple or complex, on bioethical and social topics.

Our Board of Directors and Advisory Council have share their expertise in community forums on Palliative Care.

Board Members and Advisers are called upon for speaking engagements to students and community groups.