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 - 5:30 pm.


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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.


September 2011 - May 2012

JCB Seminar Series


  < 2011 >
Sept 14
Jacob Shelley, SJD Student, CIHR Health Law; Ethics and Policy Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and Lupina Senior Doctoral Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs
Assuring, Ensuring, or Protecting? A Reflection on the Ever-shifting Definition of Public Health Law, and What It Might Mean for Public Health Ethics
Sept 21

Miriam Shuchman, Assoc. Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto;  Chair, Research Ethics Board, Women’s College Hospital; Vice-chair, Research Ethics Board, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

With Additional Commentary by Gary Remington, MD, PhD, FRCPC Head, Schizophrenia, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Director, Medication Assessment Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Human Subjects Research in Psychotic Individuals:  Is It Ethical?
No Webcast
Sept 28
An-Wen Chan, MD, DPhil, FRCPC, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Medicine,  University of Toronto and Phelan Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Addressing Bias, Spin, and Misreporting in Clinical Trials
No Webcast
Oct 5
Philip Berger, MD, Chief, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, Medical Director, Inner City Health Program, St. Michael’s Hospital
Advocacy in Health Care: Documents and Demonstrations
Oct 12
Don Willison, MSc, SCD, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University
Nancy Ondrusek, MSc, PhD, Ethics Officer, Research and Ethics, Public Health Ontario With additional commentary by Barry Pakes, MD, MPH, CCFP, DTMH, FRCPC, PhD(c), Program Director, Global Health Education Initiative and PhD candidate in Public Health Ethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics
A Conceptual Framework and Operational Model for Public Health Ethics Support in Ontario

Oct 19

Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Ave., Rm. 604

Craig Earle, MD, MSc, Director of Health Services Research for Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research; Gastrointestinal Oncologist, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

[31st Annual Philippa Harris Lecture on Bioethical Issues in Cancer]

Aggressive Cancer Treatment Near the End of Life; a Quality of Care Issue?
No Webcast
Oct 26
Kass Gibson, Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto
Witness the Fitness: Bioethics and Sport and Exercise Science
No Webcast
Nov 2
David Benatar, PhD, Professor and Head of Department of Philosophy, University of Cape Town
Suicide:  A Qualified Defence
No Webcast
Nov 9
Aaron Orkin, BASci, MD, MSc, CCFP, Public health and Preventive Medicine, University of Toronto
“A doctor is there to be a doctor, not to advocate for the poor”: Doctorhood and the History of MSF
No Webcast
Nov 16

Donald Cole, Associate Professor & Interim Division Head of Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Director Collaborative Program in Global Health, University of Toronto

Learning and Teaching Global Health Ethics
No Webcast
Nov 23

Stephanie Nixon, BHSc(PT), PhD, Asst. Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Canada Academic Director, International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation (ICDR), Canada and;

Penny Parnes, BSc, DSP(Reg CASLPO)Executive Director, International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation

The Billion Left Behind? Ethical Dimensions of Disability and Global Health
Nov 30
Cancelled - No Seminar
Dec 7
Clare Pain, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
North-South Collaboration for Training Psychiatrists: A Template for Africa?
  < 2012 >
Jan 4



Jan 11
Brian Phillips, BA, PhD, Independent Human Rights Consultant and Co-editor, Journal of Human Rights Practice (Oxford University Press)
Responsibility to the Story:  Ethics and Victim/Witness Testimony in Human Rights Practice
Jan 18

John Pringle, PhD(c), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto


The Nigerian Lead Poisoning Outbreak and the International Humanitarian Response: A Case Study in Global Health
Jan 25
Michael Atkinson, Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto
Reservoir Dogs:  Animals, Bioethics and the Sport-Complex
Feb 1

Dr. Brogen Singh Akoijam and Dr. Nabeel Mangadan-Konath International Students in Bioethics, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics


Vulnerability in Research: A Different Perspective
Feb 8

Barbara Russell PhD, MBA, Bioethicist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto


Teaching Bioethics: Recently Published Insights & Worries
Feb 15

Jill Oliver, Academic Fellow in Clinical and Organization Ethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto


Sex, Conceptual Change, and Ethics: How Changing What We Think Might Change What We Think We Should Do
Feb 22



Feb 29

Oliva Rabozakandraina, MD, and Triveni Krishnan, PhD, International Students in Bioethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto

Moving Ahead to Meet Ethical Challenges in Our Health Settings: Promoting good ethical climates in Madagascar and Kolkata, India
Mar 7

Lucie Wade, MSc (c), Academic Fellow in Clinical and Organizational Ethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto


Idealogies of Intellect: the untenable distinction between cognitive enhancement and the treatment of intellectual disability
Mar 14

Theresa Burgess, International Student in Bioethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto


The Obesity Epidemic: Finding a balance between choice
and responsibility

Mahjabeen Khan, International Student in Bioethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto


The Birthethics Model: A tool for community obstetrics - past, present and future
Mar 21

Barry Pakes, MD, MPH, CCRP, DTMH, FRCPC, Program Director, Global Health Education Initiative and PhD Candidate in Public Health Ethics, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics


Public Health Ethics – What are public health practitioners thinking?!
Mar 28

Paul Thompson, PhD, Professor, IHPST and Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto


Are RCTs the Gold Standard of Evidence?
Apr 4



Apr 11
Michelle Allain, Academic Fellow in Clinical and Organizational Ethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
To object or not to object? Catholic hospital conscientious objection in rural Canada
No Webcast
Apr 18
Norbert Steincamp, PhD, Clinical Ethics, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Visiting Scholar, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Ethics Rounds at a Reproductive Medicine Unit: Getting the Patient's/Client's Voice Heard
No Webcast
Apr 25
Lisa Forman, SJD, Lupina Assistant Professor, Dalla School of Public health, University of Toronto
A right to global health equity? Interrogating the promise and pitfalls of international human rights law for advancing global health
May 2

Solomon Benatar, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Founding Director, UCT Bioethics Centre

Global Health and the Global Economic Crisis
May 9
NO SEMINAR - Cancelled
May 16

Fiona A. Miller, PhD, Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Citizen Expectation of Academic Entrepreneurism in Health Research: Public Science, Practical Benefit
May 23

Chloe Atkins, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, Law and Society Program, Faculty of Arts University of Calgary


5th Annual Sue MacRae Lecture on Ethics and Patient-Centred Care: "What is to be Learned from Diagnostic Uncertainty in the Clinic?"


Archived Seminars - [Some video archives currently not available]

ePresence Registration Instructions:

Most of our bioethics seminars are now being webcast live. All archived seminars are available under Published Events. ePresence supports both PC and MAC videostreaming. You can register to view and participate in live events by following the steps below:

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