Welcome to the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
A Collaboratory in Bioethics Research, Education, Practice and Public Engagement


The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is a partnership between the University of Toronto and affiliated healthcare organizations. The JCB studies important ethical, health-related topics through research and clinical activities. The JCB is a network of over 180 multidisciplinary professionals seeking to improve health care standards at both national and international levels. At the JCB, theory is put into practice.


Our mission is to provide leadership in bioethics research, education, practice and public engagement.


World Health Organization

The JCB is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics. The JCB received its designation in 2002, when it became the first WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics (WHO-CC). In 2009, it co-founded and was inaugural chair of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres web link for Bioethics, which comprises 6 WHO-CCs in 4 WHO regions.


Current News:


JCB Visiting Scholar Profile: Mara Ambrosina de Oliveira Vargas

Mara is a Visiting Scholar and will be with us until December. We welcome her to the JCB! > Continue reading



Professor Barbara Secker Retires from the University of Toronto

In June 2017, Prof. Barbara Secker (Associate Director, JCB) retired from the University of Toronto. We will miss Barb greatly and wish her all the best! > Continue reading



Ethical Framework for Resource Allocation During the Drug Supply Shortage

Ontario's health system is currently facing a shortage of sodium bicarbonate. In 2012, the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics developed a document entitled “Ethical Framework for Resource Allocation During the Drug Supply Shortage” which remains relevent to the most recent shortage. > Read the document



JCB Biennial Report 2014-2016: "Integrating Public Health and Health Care Ethics"

The JCB is pleased to share our first biennial report... > Continue reading



6th Annual JCB Research & Awards Day

The JCB held its 6th Annual Research and Awards Day celebration on May 31, 2017... > Continue reading



Recap: 28th Annual Canadian Bioethics Society Conference

On May 24-26, the Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS) held its 28th annual conference in Montreal... > Continue reading



MHSc in Bioethics Program - Q&A / Information Sessions for September 2018 Admittance

The JCB will be holding a few Q&A / information sessions for the the Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Bioethics Program. The sessions are for those interested in attending classes beginning in September 2018. The deadline for applications is January 19, 2018... > Continue reading



Research Opportunities for Students

There are a number of research opportunities available for students to gain experience in the field of bioethics... > Continue reading



In Memory of Professor Joseph Michael Boyle

On September 24th the JCB lost an important member of our community... > Continue reading



Visiting Scholar Profile: Carolyn Ells

The JCB is pleased to welcome visiting scholar, Carolyn Ells. She will be with us from September 2016 to May 2017... > Continue reading



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