About Dr. Robillard

Dr. Julie Robillard is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of British Columbia and Faculty of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and of the National Core for Neuroethics. She is an Affiliated Researcher of the AGEWELL Network of Centres of Excellence and Vice-chair of the Ethical, Legal, Social Impacts Committee of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging. She brings her multidisciplinary background in neuroscience and biomedical ethics to the study of issues the intersection of dementia and technology. Dr. Robillard has developed innovative techniques for the analysis of brain health and new media and has unveiled areas of critical need to ensure that older adults access accurate, ethical and responsible information about dementia. Her current work focuses on the integration of artificial intelligence in technology for older adults with dementia and their caregivers. Dr. Robillard’s research has been published in high impact publications and was featured at national and international conferences including the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Alzheimer Association International Conference (AAIC). Her work has also been featured widely by the press, including coverage by the National Post and the Wall Street Journal, and on CBC Television.

Current trainees

Tanya Feng, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tanya Feng is an undergraduate research assistant at the National Core for Neuroethics under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. Her project is aimed at evaluating the quality of online information about the prevention of Alzheimer disease. Currently, she is working on her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Along with her work at the Core, she is a volunteer in the Emergency Department at Vancouver General Hospital. Inspired by her volunteer experience, in the future she would like to pursue a career dedicated to improving accessibility to mental health services for everyone. Outside of class, she enjoys running, skiing, and looking for her next great adventure.

Jen-Ai Lai, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jen-Ai Lai is an undergraduate research intern at the National Core for Neuroethics. Under the guidance of Dr. Julie Robillard, her project aims to assess how cultural perspectives influence peoples' experiences of cognitive screening for dementia. Currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology, she is passionate about integrating science and social science to improve the efficacy of health care delivery for people from all walks of life. Beyond the classroom, she enjoys spending time with elderly, gardening and volunteering through her non-profit organization, Hope for Happiness.

Arlo Sporn, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Arlo Sporn is an undergraduate student research intern at the National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia, and is currently working on his Bachelor of Science, with a combined major in Microbiology & Immunology and Computer Science. He is fascinated by the intersection between science and morality, and under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard, his research looks into the impact of cultural perspectives on the experience of cognitive screening for dementia. Aside from his work at the core, he is a passionate musician who loves playing and listening to music, and an aspiring world explorer.

Monica Ta, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Monica Ta is currently a second-year student enrolled under the Combined Major in Science (CMS) BSc program, which, constructed personally, consists of Chemistry, Life Sciences, and Statistical Sciences. She finds happiness in making others happy; thus, along with her intrinsic curiosities and passion for the sciences, she hopes to improve the well-being and health of people through research. She aspires to become a medical researcher, and she thoroughly enjoy scientific writing and communication. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, such as through aerobics and weightlifting, and exploring nature and the city, which are where she finds both blissfulness and relaxation.

Julia Wu, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Julia Wu is an undergraduate research assistant at the National Core of Neuroethics under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. Fascinated by mental health and behavioural disorders, she is currently working to complete her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her research project at the Core aims to improve public health knowledge by evaluating the quality of online health information. Outside of research, she enjoys promoting service and leadership through her involvement with Rotary and supporting students as a peer leader in the UBC community. She can be easily spotted around Vancouver trying new food, hiking in the North Vancouver trails, or studying in a downtown Starbucks.

Past trainees

Emanuel Cabral, Research Assistant

Emanuel Cabral, B. A., is a Research Assistant at the National Core for Neuroethics. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in Psychology. Emanuel’s interest in ethics grew out of his work in mental health advocacy where he was exposed to the importance of sharing appropriate information about mental illness in an ethical and responsible way. He is excited to expand this interest at the Core by working on projects that examine the impact of neuroscience research on public attitudes and policy. In his spare time, he enjoys soccer, tennis, hiking and snowboarding.

Kiely Landrigan, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kiely Landrigan is an undergraduate research assistant at the National Core for Neuroethics under the supervision of Dr. Julie Robillard. He is working towards his Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences, and has research interests in e-Health, knowledge translation, and science communication. His project focuses on evaluating online health information regarding the therapeutic use of food in populations at risk of developing or diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to his work at the Core, Kiely works at the Department of Medicine Research Office and is part of an Oncology Nutrition clinical trial at BC Cancer Agency.