Community Tools: Bioethics Seminar Series

The JCB offers a weekly seminar on a wide variety of bioethics topics. The speakers come from the local national and international community in bioethics. These seminars are open to the public and free and do not require prior registration. All seminars take place every Wednesday from 4:10 - 5:00 pm in the Great Hall of the JCB, 88 College Street, Toronto, unless otherwise indicated.

 

This schedule is subject to change. If you are coming to hear a particular speaker or topic, we suggest you consult this schedule again the week of the seminar.

 

The JCB also has webcast seminars. View ePresence instructions.

[Some video archives currently not available]

 

September 2007 - June 2008

Date

Speaker

Topic

ePresence

September 12

Arlene MacDonald, PhD Candidate, Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

After Duty: Ethics, Religion and Organ Transplant

Archived Seminar web link

September 19

Ross E.G. Upshur, BA(Hons), MA, MD, MSc, FRCPC, CCFP, Director, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics and Canada Research Chair in Primary Research

What does it mean to “know” a disease?  The Tragedy of XDR-TB

Archived Seminar web link

September 26

Elizabeth Lerman, MA, Founding Artistic Director/Conception, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

OGI-JCB Benchside Ethics Series
Ferocious Beauty: Genome – The Art of Exploring Gene-Ethics

Archived Seminar web link

September 27
5:00-6:00 pm

Nick Bostrom, PhD, Director, Oxford Future of Humanity Institute Faculty of Philosophy and James Martin 21s5t Century School Oxford University

11th Annual Jus Lecture
Status Quo Bias in Bioethics: The Case for Cognitive Enhancement

Archived Seminar web link

October 3

Trudo Lemmens, DCL, Associate Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine, University of Toronto and Member, JCB

Vulnerability and Research Ethics Review

 

October 10

Lisa Schwartz, PhD, Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University

A Careful Balance: Ethical and Legal Considerations Regarding Retrospective Use of Breast Cancer Tissue for Research

Archived Seminar web link

October 17

Jim Rusthoven, MD, MHSc, Professor of Oncology, McMaster University and Consultant Medical Oncologist, Brantford General Hospital

Early Release of Investigational Drugs: Its Politics and Its Ethics

Archived Seminar web link

October 24

Alex Levin, MD, MHSc, FRCSC, Director, Postgraduate Bioethics Education, Faculty of Medicine

Postgraduate Bioethics Education: Answering the Call to Action

Archived Seminar web link

October 31

Catherine Tansey, BSc (cum laude), MSC, PhD (c) Collaborative Program in Bioethics and Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Challenges for Research during a Public Health Emergency: Learning from SARS

Archived Seminar web link

November 7
3:10 - 4:00 pm

Norman Fost, MD, MPH, Professor of Pedeatrics and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin

What's Wrong with Genetic Engineering?

 

November 14
5:00 - 6:00 pm

Robert S. Bell, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, President and CEO, University Health Network and Scott Berry, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Medical Oncologist & Ethicist, Cancer Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Annual Harris Lecture
Ethics, Access and Choice in Cancer Care (Location: Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, 6th floor auditorium)

 

November 21

Kirstin Borgerson, PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, CIHR Strategic Research and Training Doctoral Fellow in Health Care, Technology and Place, University of Toronto

The Ethics and Epistemology of Medical Evidence

Archived Seminar web link

November 28

Mona Gupta, MD, FRCPC, PhD (Candidate), Program Leader, Mental Health in Medicine, Women’s College Hospital, Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

The Ethics of Evidence-based Psychiatry

Archived Seminar web link

December 5

Sioban Nelson, Dean and Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

The ‘Good’ Nurse: Exploring moral hubris and ethical expertise in nursing

Archived Seminar web link

December 12

Shane K. Green, PhD, Program Director, Ethics, Social Impact & Outreach, Ontario Genomics Institute

OGI-JCB Benchside Ethics Series
Faster, Cheaper Genomes – GE3LS and the Archon Genomics X-Prize

Archived Seminar web link

December 19 & 26

No Seminars

 

 

January 9

Angus Dawson, PhD, Visiting Faculty Fellow, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto and Senior Lecturer in Ethics & Philosophy, Centre for Professional Ethics, Keele University, UK

Children’s vaccinations, parental disagreement and the limitation of the "best interests" test

Archived Seminar web link

January 16

Robert S. Williams, PhD

Experiences of Duty of Care of Hospital Staff Reporting to Work During the 2003 SARS Outbreak in Toronto

 

January 23

Ann Kerr-Linden, MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist and Story Teller and Karen Faith, Med, MSc, RSW, Director, Clinical Ethics Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Jean's Story: A Narrative on the Toronto Flu Epidemic of 1918

Archived Seminar web link

January 30

Robin Hayeems, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto GE3LS Lead, Consortium Genetics Studies, The Hospital for Sick Children

OGI-JCB Benchside Ethics Series
Research Governance - Operationalizing the Principles

Archived Seminar web link

February 6
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Speakers: Elizabeth Rae, Associate Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto Health Unit, Jerome Singh, PhD, MHSc, Head, Ethics and Health Programme, Centre for AIDS Programme in South Africa (CAPRISA), Trudo Lemmens, DCL, Associate Professor of Law and Medicine, University of Toronto, and Angus Dawson, PhD, Visiting Faculty Fellow, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto

Public Issues Forum
Therapeutic Confinement in an Age of Suspicion (Location: The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk Centre for International Studies, 1 Devonshire Place)

 

February 11
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Keynote address: Dr. R. Alta Charo, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin at Madison

The Renegerative Medicine Ethics Network, 3rd Annual General Meeting (presented by the Program on Life Sciences, Ethics and Policy)
The Politics of Regenerative Medicine: Where do we go from here?

Archived Seminar web link

February 13

Orville Brown, ThD (candidate)

Making a Case for Intercultural Competency in Bioethics

Archived Seminar web link

February 20

Reading Week: No Seminar

 

 

February 21
4:10 - 5:30 pm

Nicholas Agar, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Why Human Aging is Not a Moral Emergency

Archived Seminar web link

February 27

Fiona Miller, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

OGI-JCB Benchside Ethics Series
Contemplating the Duty to Disclose Genetics Research Results to Research Participants - The case of autism genetics

Archived Seminar web link

March 5
4:10 - 4:35 pm

Zaid Gabriel, BDS, MA, MHSc in Bioethics International Student, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics

Guaranteeing Access to Dental Services for Children in War Time

Archived Seminar web link

4:35 - 5:00 pm

Okyere Boateng, BSc, Dip Ed, MSc, MHSc in Bioethics International Student, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

Ethics of Malaria Research in Africa

 

March 12
4:10 - 4:35 pm

Faiza Rab, MBBS, MHSc in Bioethics International Student, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

Community Participation in Health Research: Perspectives of the Developing World

Archived Seminar web link

4:35 - 5:00 pm

Nusara Thaitawat, MHSc in Bioethics International Student, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

Ethics of Community Engagement: Experience from Prime-Boost HIV Vaccine Phase III Trail, Thailand

 

March 19
4:10 - 4:35 pm

Adefolarin Obanishola Malomo, MBBS, FWCS, FICS, MHSc in Bioethics International Student, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics

Will 'Propriety' Be a Suitable Nursery Bed for Ethical Theories Among the Yoruba Africans?

Archived Seminar web link

4:35 - 5:00 pm

Azza Hamdy El-Elemi, MD (Forensic Medicine), MSHc in Bioethics International Student, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics

The Female Circumcision Debate: When Ethics and Culture Clash

Archived Seminar web link

March 26 Sarah Flicker, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University; Adrian Guta, MSW, PhD (c), Dept. of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto Critical Issues in Community-Based Participatory Research Ethics Archived Seminar web link

April 2

**SEMINAR CANCELLED**

 

April 9
4:10 - 4:35 pm

Sadaf Sheikh, MD, MHSc in Bioethics International Student, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

A Culture of Ethical Conduct in Research: Pakistan as a Case Study

 

4:35 - 5:00 pm

Ghaiath Hussein, MBBS, MDCM, MHSc in Bioethics International Student, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

Ethical Challenges to Research in War Time: Lessons from Darfur

 

April 16

Victoria Seavilleklein, PhD, Clinical and Organizational Ethics Fellow, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

Prenatal Screening and the Illusions of Choice

Archived Seminar web link

April 23

Hannah Kaufman, MHSc, MSS, RSW, Clinical and Organizational Ethics Fellow, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

This Won't Hurt a Bit: The Ethics of Promising Pain Relief

Archived Seminar web link

April 30

Sally Bean, JD, MA, Senior Ethics Fellow, Trillium Health Centre and University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

Navigating the Murky Intersection Between Clinical and Organizational Ethics: Characterizing Hybrid Cases

Archived Seminar web link

May 7

Linda Sheahan, MBBS (Hons), MBioethics, Clinical & Organizational Ethics Fellow, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

Beneficence as Trumps: Dethroning Autonomy with the Physician's Duty of Care

Archived Seminar web link

May 14

Jennifer Bell, MA, Clinical & Organizational Ethics Fellow, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

The Ethics of a Novel Psychopharmacological Approach to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Archived Seminar web link

May 21

Jennifer Keelan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto.

Health Information on YouTube: Some Ethical Considerations

Archived Seminar web link

May 28

Louise Campbell, PhD, Clinical & Organizational Ethics Fellow, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics

Value and Uncertainty in Psychiatry

Archived Seminar web link

June 4

James Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Trent University

Clinical Research in Context: Reexamining the distinction between research and practice

Archived Seminar web link

June 11

Barbara Farlow, BEngSci, MBA, Member, Patients for Patient Safety Canada

1st Annual Sue MacRae Lecture on Ethics and Patient-Centred Care: Making Tough Decisions Together: A Family's Perspective of the Vital Importance of Ethics and Patient-Centred Care

Archived Seminar web link

Archived Seminars - [Some video archives currently not available]