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.


ROOM CHANGE: The JCB Seminar Series will take place at 155 College Street, Room 108 (main floor, to the right of the elevators).


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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 2012 - May 2013

JCB Seminar Series


  < 2012 >
Sept 19
Asunción Alvarez, PhD, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Colegio de Bioetica AC and Wayne Sumner, PhD, FRSC, University Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Discussing Physician-Assisted Death: Finding Consensus and Agreeing to Differ.
No Webcast
Sept 26

Sally Bean, JD, MA, Ethicist and Policy Advisor, Sunnbrook Health Sciences Centre; University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics

Who Gets Access to Care? Exploring Obligations to Refugees and Uninsured Patients
To Be Recorded & Archived
Oct 3
Evelyne Durocher, OT Reg (Ont.), PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Discharge Planning: Ideology against Policy?
To Be Recorded & Archived
Oct 10
Oct 17
Michelle Cleghorn, MSc, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and Laena Maunula, PhD Candidate, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Social Media and Cancer Control: Policy windfall or perfect storm?
Oct 24
Peter A. Newman, PhD, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Health & Social Justice, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
A Small Dose of HIV? Science, indigenous knowledge and HIV vaccine trials
Oct 31
James J. Rusthoven, MD, MHSc, PhD, FRCPC, FACP, Professor, Dept. of Oncology, McMaster University
Reflections on the Merits of a Covenantal Ethical Framework for Contemporary Biomedical Ethics

Nov 7

Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Ave., Auditorium

Timothy Caulfield, LLM, FRSC, FCAHS, Canada Research Chair in Health Law & Policy Health Senior Scholar, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, Professor, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health Research, Director, Health Law and Science Policy Group
32nd Annual Philippa Harris Lecture on Bioethical Issues in Cancer
Personalized Medicine: The Problem and the Promise
No Webcast
Nov 14
Eric Racine, Director, Neuroethics Research Unit, IRCM Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University
15th Annual Jus Lecture in honour of Dr. Andrzej Jus
Thinking About the Future of Ethics in Neuroscience and Mental Health: Observations and Questions from a Pragmatic Perspective
Nov 21

Diego S. Silva, Doctoral Candidate, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Collaborative Program in Bioethics, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and Maxwell J. Smith, Doctoral Student and CIHR Fellow in Public Health Policy, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto

Should Public Health Be Utilitarian? Theories, Limits and Applications
Nov 28

Alison Thompson, Assistant Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto

The Ontario School-Based Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination Program: A Social Justice Perspective

Dec 5


POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2013 - James Orbinski, Director, Africa Initiative, Special Adviser to Vice President of Programs, and CIGI Chair in Global Health, The Centre for International Governance Innovation
The Ross Upshur Lecture

Dec 7

Room 208

Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Special Guest Lecture
Health Provider Willingness to Respond in Public Health Emergencies: Ethical Considerations
  < 2013 >
Jan 16
Kevin Reel, Ethicist, Mackenzie Health and Southlake Regional Health Centre, and Sylvia Davidson, OT, Advanced Practice Leader, Geriatrics Program, Toronto Rehab, University Health Network
Approaching Sexual Expression in Dementia "Explissitly"
Jan 23
Chris MacDonald, PhD, Director, Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education and Research Program, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
Ethical Reasoning as Critical Thinking
Jan 30
Daniel Buchman, PhD Candidate, Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholar, Interdisciplinary Studies | University of British Columbia
Addiction, Trust, and Distrust in Chronic Pain Management: Patient Perspectives
Feb 6
Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD, Director and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
White Coats, Population Science and Poison Gas: Lessons from a Life Spent at the Intersection of Academic Medicine, Global Health and Human Rights
Feb 13
Bob Parke, Bioethicist, Humber River Regional Hospital, and Rosanna Macri, Ethicist, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Hoarding the Clash between the Greater Good and Autonomy
Feb 20



Feb 27

Andrea Daly, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor, Interim Undergraduate Program Director, School of Social Work, York University, and Lori Ross, PhD, Research Scientist, Health Systems & Health Equity Research Group and Centre for Addiction & Mental Health and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

(W)righting Women: Social and Structural Context in a Review of Psychiatric Inpatient Charts
Mar 6
James Anderson, PhD, Academic Fellow in Clinical and Organizational Ethics, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Ethical Reproducibility: Towards Transparent Reporting of Research Ethics Methods in Biomedical Research
Mar 13
Walter Cavalieri, MSc, MSW, Canadian Harm Reduction Network
The Professionalisation of Harm Reduction
Mar 20
Beamer Smith, Ontario Association of Patient Councils
One Man's View of Patient Councils in the Mental Health System
Mar 27
Linda Wright, MHSc, MSW, RSW, Director of Bioethics, University Health Network; Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery and Member, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and Michael Campbell, MHSc, Senior Fellow in Organ Donation and Transplantation Ethics, University Health Network
Distributing Organs: What Does It Mean To Be Fair?
Apr 3
James Lavery, PhD, Research Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and Associate Professor, Dalla School of Public Health, University of Toronto and Janet Parsons, PhD, Staff Research Scientist, Applied Health Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital and Asst. Professor, Dept. of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Brokered Dialogue as Deliberative Process in the Evaluation of the Ontario Citizen's Council
Apr 10
Charles Weijer, MD, PhD, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, and Merrick Zwarenstein (Commentator), Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Studies
Ethical Issues in Cluster Randomized Trials in Health Research
Apr 17
Hong Lee, PhD, Academic Fellow in Clinical and Organizational Ethics, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Advance Care Planning: Beyond the End of Life Paradigm
Apr 24

Christopher De Bono, PhD, Academic Fellow in Clinical and Organizational Ethics, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics

Querying Moral Distress? Ethics in pursuit of reflective practice
May 1
Frank Wagner, Recipient of the Christine Harrison Bioethics Education Award for Integration of Theory and Practice, 2012; Bioethicist, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre; Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
From Theory to Practice: Teaching Everyday Bioethics
May 8
Solomon R. Benatar, Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto and Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
The Ross Upshur Lecture on Public Health Ethics
"Ethics and Health: From Personal to Public"
May 15

Kadia Petricca
, MSc, Doctoral Candidate, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Local Conceptualizations of Fairness and Legitimacy in Ethiopia: Reflecting on the Applicability of Accountability for Reasonableness


Archived Seminars - [Some video archives currently not available]