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

Call for Nominations for the Jean Echlin Award Now Closed

The deadline has now passed for nominations for the Jean Echlin Award. We were thrilled by the variety of submissions that came in, representing all areas of Palliative Care, including medical doctors, nurses, bioethicists, and even advocates. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate such worthy candidates, and we look forward to next year's nominations. We will be announcing the winner at the 20th International Congress on Palliative Care on September 11th, 2014, after Jean Echlin & Dr. Kathy Pfaff's presentation at the Congress on Pain Management for Persons with Dementia.

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!

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: