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:


Medical Assistance in Dying is Not Driven by Socioeconomic Vulnerability or Poor Access to Palliative Care

A new study of people who received medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in Ontario found that about three quarters were followed by palliative care at the time of their request for MAiD, and recipients were younger, wealthier, more likely to be married and substantially less likely to live in an institution than the general population at time of death. > Continue reading



MHSc in Bioethics Program - Q&A Sessions for September 2020 Admittance

We are offering some online Q&A sessions for the Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Bioethics program. These sessions are for anyone interested in attending classes beginning in September 2020. > Continue reading



JCB Expands Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Health Platform with New Research Director Role

We are excited to announce that Dr. Jay Shaw has accepted the role of Research Director, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethics & Health at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB). > Continue reading



Newly Created JCB Scholars Program in AI Ethics & Health Accepting Applications Now

The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, in partnership with AMS Healthcare, is seeking applications for the JCB Scholars Program in AI Ethics and Health. > Continue reading



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