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).


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 Bioethics Seminars will be broadcast live every Wednesday from 4:10 - 5:30 pm (unless otherwise noted) using Adobe Connect. To join the seminar visit and login as a guest.


September 2013 - May 2014

JCB Seminar Series


  < 2013 >

Sept 11

Mt. Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., 18th Floor Auditorium

Stephen G. Post, PhD Founding Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, Department of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
14th Annual Alloway Lecture - Hope in Caring for the Deeply Forgetful: The Ethics of Enduring Selfhood
Sept 18

Karen Devon, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto; Endocrine Surgery, Women's College Hospital and University Health Network

The Doctor will Tweet you now: Ethics of social media in health care
This seminar was not webcast.
Sept 25
Shannon Buckley, BA, MA, PhD Student, Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph
Why Bioethics Needs a Theory of Dignity
Oct 2
Ryan Peck, Barrister & Solicitor, Executive Director, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
The Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure
This seminar was not webcast.
Oct 9
Kimberley Ibarra, MSc Health Services Research Student, Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto; Program Evaluation Specialist & Ethics Consultant, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre
Exploring Ethicists' Perspectives of Healthcare Ethics Program Evaluation

Oct 16

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 610 University Ave., 6th Floor Auditorium (Room 604)

Ross Upshur, MD, MSc, Canada Research Chair in Primary Care Research; Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine & Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
33rd Annual Philippa Harris Lecture on Bioethics Issues in Cancer - Does Cancer Prevention in an Aging Population Raise Unique Ethical Issues?
Oct 23
Dean Sharpe, PhD, Research Ethics Board Manager, Social Sciences and Humanities, Office of Research Ethics, University of Toronto
Conceptualizing Risk in Research Ethics

Oct 30

Tony Culyer, CBE, BA, Hon DEcon, Hon FRCP, FRSA, FmedSci, Professor, Full SGS Member, Research Chair, Health Policy and System Design, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
An Economist on Ethical Approaches to Social Policy
-Additional Commentary provided by Renata Axler, PhD Candidate, Cécile Bensimon, MA, PhD, and Maxwell Smith, PhD Candidate
Nov 6
Véronique Morin, Science Journalist, Webster McConnell Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto
The Role of Journalists in Communicating Research

Nov 13

The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Room #1246 - Hollywood Theatre (Main Auditorium), Black Wing, 1st Floor

Pam Hubley, RN, MSc, Chief, Professional Practice and Nursing, The Hospital for Sick Children and Asst. Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
6th Annual Sue MacRae Lecture on Ethics and Patient-Centred Care - Listening to patients, finding strengths, and leveraging the power of relationships to improv health outcomes
This seminar was not archived.
Nov 20
Elia Abi-Jaoude, MSc, MD, FRCPC, Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Medicine and How to Mitigate It
Nov 27
Irene Ying, MD, MHSc, CCFP, Division of Palliative Care, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital
Therapeutic Doublethink: A Novel concept to Ethically Justify Unrealistic Optimism in Patients with Advanced Cancer
Dec 4
Rachel Zand, PhD, Director, Office of Research Ethics, University of Toronto
Research Ethics in the Information Age: New Challenges, New Perspectives
  < 2014 >
Jan 15
Maya Goldenberg, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph
The Placebo Orthodoxy and Multinational Clinical Trials
Jan 22
Lucie Leduc, LL.B, LL.M
Québec takes a distinct approach to end-of-life care: An overview and some critical observations of Québec's Bill 52 on Medical Aid to Die
Jan 29
Adrian Guta, MSW, RSW, PhD, CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Services/Population Health HIV/AIDS Research, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Carleton University, and Carol Strike, PhD, Associate Professor, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Reconciling 'Harm' and Care: A Critical Bioethics Analysis of the Imperative to Integrate Harm Reduction into Hospital-Based Care
Feb 5
Jennifer Bell, MA, PhD, Bioethicist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre; Scientist, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, University Health Network; Member, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
Cancer patient decision making and relational autonomy related to clinical trial participation
Feb 12
Mark Handelman, BA, LLB, MHSc, Barrister & Solicitor, Health Law Matters, and Michael Gordon, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Co-Director of Medical Ethics and Medical Program Director of Palliative Care, Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System, Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Rasouli: What Doors Did the Chief Justice Leave Open?
Feb 19



Feb 26
Michael Szego, PhD, Centre for Clinical Ethics
Building trust in 21st century genomics: The story of the HeLa cell line and how Henrietta Lacks is still teaching us lessons in research ethics
Mar 5
Connie Williams, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Are Virtues Practical? Constructing a normative framework for approaching ethical issues at end-of-life in the neonatal intensive care unit
Mar 12
James A. Anderson, PhD, Bioethicist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Research Bioethicist, The Hospital for Sick Children, and Laura Williams, MSW, RSW, Director, Client and Family Integrated Care Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto, Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Building Perceptual Capacity: Family Engagement at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Mar 19
Chau Tran, PhD
The Disability Tax Credit: The Concerns and Challenges
This seminar was not webcast.
Mar 26
Dr. Tia Pham, Physician, South East Toronto Family Health Team, JoAnne Hunter, Nurse Practitioner, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, Dr. Russell Goldman, Director of the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Barbara Mekinda, Care Coordinator, Urban Care Team
Facilitator: Stacey Daub, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre
Just like Home, Just like Family? Ethical Issues and the Importance of Ethical Decision-Making in Community-Based Care Settings
Apr 2
Rosalind Abdool, PhD(c), Academic Fellow in Clinical and Organizational Ethics, Centre for Clinical Ethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, and CHAC
The Ethics of Deception in Healthcare: Could There be a Duty to Deceive Patients?
Apr 9
Patricia Marino, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo
Dilemmas and Disagreement: Moral Coherence and Justification in Pluralistic Contexts
This seminar was not webcast.
Apr 16
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
2nd Annual Upshur Lecture - Rethinking community engagement from theory to practice
Apr 23
Timothy Murphy, PhD, Professor of Philosophy in the Biomedical Sciences University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
The Ethics of Modifying Human Moral Psychology
Apr 30
Martin F. McKneally, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Surgical Ethics: Professional Oversight of Practice, Education, and Innovation
May 7
Heather Ross, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, FACC Ted Rogers and Family Chair in Heart Function, Professor of Medicine, Director of Heart Function, PMCC, Medical Director of Cardiac Transplant Program, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network
Heart Failure: End of Life Is Not End of Care
May 14
Erika Abner, LLB, LLM, PhD, Faculty Lead, Ethics and Professionalism Adjunct Lecturer, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Undergraduate Medical Education Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Bloom's 13: The Knowledge Dimension in Ethical Reasoning
May 21
Chris Sinding, Associate Professor, Department of Health, Aging & Society, School of Social Work, McMaster University
7th Annual Sue MacRae Lecture on Ethics and Patient-Centred Care - Vote, and Walk Me There: Patients' Images of Good Care


Archived Seminars - [Some video archives currently not available]