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

Annual Public Lecture

*Upcoming Event: Annual Public Lecture*

The deVeber Institute is hosting it's Annual Public Lecture on Thursday Oct.27th 2016 at 7:00pm.  Our Special Guest this year is Dr. Ewan Goligher who will be speaking "On Saying "No": the Ethics of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare".  The event is co-hosted by Wycliffe College in Sharton Hall at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Ewan Goliger is a physiologist and an intensive care physician. He studied biochemistry and medicine at UBC and trained in internal medicine and critical care medicine in Toronto. He earned his PhD in respiratory physiology at the University of Toronto and divides his time between clinical care and research. He has written and spoken on ethical issues in end-of-life care and conscientious objection.

Thank You For Attending Our Summer Symposium!

The deVeber Institute recently hosted our summer symposium entitled "Medical Ethics in an Age of Reproductive Decisions and Medical Aid in Dying". The event was a great success and over 115 people attended.  The day was filled with thoughtful discussion and thorough presentations of new emerging research.

We had a total of four guest speakers as well as five student presentations from our summer interns.

Our first presenter was Dr. Kathy Pfaff. Her presentation was entitled Medical Aid in Dying: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. She spoke about the fundamental definition of dignity and compassion, the clinical improvements experienced from palliative care and medical ethics in light of Bill C-14.

Introducing Our Summer Team!

Summer is always a busy time of year at the deVeber Institute. This summer, we have 6 interns with us working on a variety of projects. These projects include: updating some of the chapters in Complications: Abortions Impact on Women (2013), organizing the symposium on medical ethics (more info here), creating a chart on prenatal tests and screening, producing the summer newsletter, and doing a qualitative study at a hospice in Windsor. 

Medical Ethics in an Age of Medically Assisted Dying and Reproductive Decisions

Medical Ethics in an Age of Medically Assisted Dying and Reproductive Decisions
 

You're invited to our second annual summer symposium which will take place on July 15th! This event will feature speakers including: Jean Echlin, Dr. Kathy Pfaff, Dr. Shawn Whatley, and Prof. Ian Gentles. Our summer interns will also be presenting on the current research going on at the Institute.

Barbara Kay: Let’s not become Belgium when it comes to assisted suicide

On June 7th, 2016 Barbara Kay was featured in the National Post for her article “Barbara Kay: Let’s not become Belgium when it comes to assisted suicide”. This article brings forth many concerns for the safety of vulnerable Canadians. With evidence provided from our book “It’s Not That Simple: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Today”, she outlines why Canada will NOT be immune to the slippery-slope of assisted-death that is currently being experienced in Belgium and Netherlands. Safeguards are often ignored, patients are euthanized without their consent, and the risks go on.