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Eric Racine PhD

Contact Information

Neuroethics Research Unit
Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)
110 avenue des Pins Ouest
Montréal, QC H2W lR7

Tel: (514) 987-5723
Fax: (514) 987-5763

eric.racine [at]

Website for Neuroethics Research Unit

Academic Background

Dr. Racine did his postdoctoral training at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and studied previously bioethics, philosophy and social sciences at the University of Ottawa and the University of Montreal. In 2007, he was a visiting fellow at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland.

Academic appointments

Director, Neuroethics Research Unit, IRCM Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University Affiliate Member, Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University Assistant Research Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Montreal


Dr. Racine’s research interests include the ethical application of neuroscience in research and patient care (neuroethics), empirical bioethics research, and pragmatism in bioethics.

Current funding

Eric Racine, Bruce Pike, Julien Doyon, Jocelyn Downie, Jonathan Kimmelman. Identifying practices, challenges and solutions for REB review of advanced neuroimaging research in Canada. CIHR Ethics Seed Grant. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2007-2009

Eric Racine Examining the translation of neuroscience to healthcare, FRSQ career award and establishment fund, 2007-2011

Baylis, Françoise, Jonathan Kimmelman, Mark Bernstein, Alan Fine, Walter Glannon, Lynette Reid, James Drake, Carl Elliott, David Healy, Sonia Lebris, Mary Pat McAndrews, Eric Racine, Jason Scott Robert. States of mind: Emerging Issues in neuroethics, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2006-2011


Dr. Racine is a member of ad hoc committee on neuropharmacology of the Committee on Science, Ethics, and Technology, Quebec Government. He is also served on a number of clinical ethics committees and research ethics boards.


Dr. Racine has been involved in workshops and consultations within clinical ethics committees and has conducted a multi-site field study of clinical ethics committees. He was a clinical ethics intern at CLSC René-Cassin in 2003-2004 as well at the Clinical Ethics Committee of Geneva University Hospitals in 2003.


Dr. Racine guest lectures in medical and bioethics curricula.


Dr. Racine leads the Canadian Neuroethics Interest Group and the Montreal Neuroethics Network.

Selected Publications

Guest editor

Illes, Judy and Eric Racine, eds, Neuroethics: From neurotechnology to healthcare, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2007 16(2).


Racine, Éric. Discourse ethics as an ethics of responsibility: Comparison and evaluation of citizen involvement in population genomics. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 2003, 31(3): 390-397.

Racine, Éric, Five challenges for healthcare ethics committees: Critical perspectives from a study of the case analysis process in Quebec.* Ethica Clinica 2004, 36: 29-38.

Racine, Éric, Ofek Bar-Ilan, and Judy Illes. fMRI in the public eye. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 2005, 6(2): 159-164.

Illes, Judy and Éric Racine. Imaging or imagining: A neuroethics challenge informed by genetics. American Journal of Bioethics 2005, 5(2): 5-18.

Illes, Judy and Éric Racine. Neuroethics: Dialogue on a continuum from tradition to innovation. American Journal of Bioethics 2005, 5(2):W3.

Racine, Éric. Why and how take into account neuroscience in ethics: Toward an emergentist and interdisciplinary neurophilosophical approach.* Laval théologique et philosophique 2005, 65(1): 77-105.

Racine, Éric, Isabelle Gareau, Hubert Doucet, Danielle Laudy, Guy Jobin, and Pamela Schraedley Desmond. Hyped biomedical science or uncritical reporting? Press coverage of genomics (1992-2001) in Quebec. Social Science & Medicine 2006, 62(5): 1278-1290.

Racine, Éric and Judy Illes. Neuroethical responsibilities. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences 2006, 33:269-277 and the companion translation: Racine, Éric and Judy Illes. Responsabilités neuroéthiques* Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences 2006, 33:260-268.

Racine, Éric, Ofek Bar-Ilan, and Judy Illes. Brain imaging: A decade of press coverage, Science Communication 2006 28(1):122-143.

Racine, Éric and Kevin Hayes. Surveying needs and goals for a clinical ethics service in a community healthcare service center, Journal of Medical Ethics 2006, 32, 564-566.

Racine, Éric. Identifying challenges and conditions for the use of neuroscience in bioethics. American Journal of Bioethics -Neuroscience 2007 7(1): 74-76.

Racine, Éric, HZ Adriaan Van der Loos, Judy Illes. Internet marketing of neuroproducts: New practices and healthcare policy challenges. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2007 16(2): 180-193.

Illes, Judy, Allyson Rosen, Michael Greicius, Eric Racine. Prospects for Prediction: An Ethics Analysis of Neuroimaging in Alzheimer’s Disease. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 2007, 1097, 278-295.

Racine, Éric, Sarah Waldman, Nicole Palmour, David Risse, and Judy Illes. Currents of hope: Neurostimulation techniques in US and UK print media. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2007 16(3): 314-318.

Sergent, Jacques-Aurelien, Gregoire Moutel, Josue Feingold, Herve De Milleville, Eric Racine, Hubert Doucet and Christian Herve. How should the arrest of a clinical research protocol for somatic gene therapy be regulated? The views of European clinicians and researchers. Ateliers de l’éthique 2007 2(2): 36-44.

Racine, Éric, Judy Illes. Emerging Ethical Challenges in Advanced Neuroimaging Research: Review, Recommendations and Research Agenda. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 2007 2(2): 1-10.

Racine, Éric. HEC member perspectives on the case analysis process: A qualitative multi-site study. HEC Forum 2007 19(4): 185-206.

Racine, Éric. Which naturalism for bioethics? A defense of moderate naturalism. Bioethics 2008 22(2): 92-100.

Racine, Éric, Don DuDousseau, Judy Illes. Brain-machine interfaces: From bench to headline. Technology (in press).

Racine, Éric. Enriching our views on clinical ethics: Results of a qualitative study of the moral psychology of healthcare ethics committee members. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (in press)


Illes, Judy, Éric Racine, and Matthew P. Kirschen. A picture is worth a thousand word, but which one thousand? In Judy Illes, ed., Neuroethics: Defining the Issues in Theory, Practice and Policy. Oxford University Press, 2006, 149-168.

Illes, Judy and Eric Racine. Imaging or imagining? A Neuroethics challenge informed by genetics. In Walter Glannon. Defining Right and Wrong in Brain Science: Essential Readings in Neuroethics, The Dana Press, New York, 2007, 140-162.

Racine, Éric and Judy Illes. Neuroethics. In Peter Singer and Adrian Viens, eds., Cambridge Textbook of Bioethics, Cambridge University Press, 2008, Chapter 63, 495-503.

Racine, Éric and Judy Illes. Emergentism at the crossroads of philosophy, neurotechnology and the enhancement debate, In John Bickle, ed., Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience (forthcoming)


Racine, Éric.The many meanings of neuroethics. EMBO Reports (in press).

Racine, Éric. Multidirectional communication in neuroethics. Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd’hui 2005, 1(5): 17.

Racine, Éric. Where are we going with direct-to-consumer advertising of healthcare products? Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd’hui 2006, 2(1): 23.

Racine, Éric. Hype and controversy: The public images of neuroimaging. Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd’hui 2006, 2(3):19.

Racine, Éric. What role should emotions and empathy play in ethical decision making? Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd’hui 2006, 2(6): 20.

Dion, Marie-Josée, Éric Racine. A cooperative model of psychiatric advance directives. Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd’hui 2007, 3(1): 16.

Forlini, Cynthia, David Bouvier, Eric Racine. A second look at the ethics of cognitive enhancement, Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd’hui 2007, 3(2): 15.

Costa-von Aesch, Zoë and Eric Racine. Mindful of ethics: An ethics perspective on the senate report on mental health. Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd’hui 2007, 3(3).

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