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

Spaces still available to attend FREE public lecture on euthanasia Tues Nov 4th

Be sure to attend this free public lecture on Tuesday Nov 4th to learn
latest research from Canada, USA and Europe on euthanasia and assisted suicide
Spaces are still available, RSVP by email to or call 416-256-0555 today to reserve your seat!

DeVeber Institute announces upcoming Annual Public Lecture


The deVeber Institute is pleased to announce this year's Annual Public Lecture guest speaker, international euthanasia expert: Alex Schadenberg on

DeVeber Institute hosts Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care

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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


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!