Bioethics at U of T
We are dedicated to anticipating and addressing complex ethical issues of contemporary health systems through bioethics research, education and practice in partnership with other academic and health sector institutions.
At the JCB, we put theory into practice for the public’s health.
Canadian bioethics expertise, global thinking
We are the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and we are passionate about bioethics. Our vision is to be a global leader in population health and health system ethics. We anticipate and address complex ethical issues found in health care, public health, health research, and health systems through bioethics research, education, and practice in partnership with other academic and health sector institutions.
Fostering innovation through bioethics
With an eye on the changing health landscape, we anticipate new and emerging ethical issues and help to develop methods and ways of thinking so that you can understand and address them in your organization. Check out our research to get a better idea of where we are focusing our efforts.
Putting bioethics knowledge into practice
We work with our partners to design applied bioethics interventions to facilitate translation of bioethics knowledge into health system policies and practice. Find out more about our upcoming initiative – the Bioethics Design Lab.
Preparing today’s learners to meet 21st century health challenges
We coordinate two graduate programs at U of T: the Master of Health Science in Bioethics at the Dalla Lana School of Health and the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics with our 12 participating graduate units. The purpose of these programs is to provide a solid ethics knowledge-base to a diverse field of health system workers, so that you have the skills and competencies to meet today’s ethical challenges. Meet some of our students or attend one of our free JCB Bioethics Seminars. We also provide training via the JCB Scholars Program in AI Ethics and Health in partnership with AMS healthcare, and we will be launching the AMS-Fitzgerald Fellowship in AI and Human-Centred Leadership in 2021.
Partnering for excellence and impact
By bringing together the right partners and collaborators, resources and processes, we can transform health through bioethics. See what we’re doing to help our partners or get in touch and find out how we can work to address your organization’s bioethics issue together.
Join us for a bioethics seminar, lecture or event
If you’re interested in learning more about challenging bioethics issues in health systems today, then join us for our weekly JCB Bioethics Seminar Series which are free and open to the public. Check out the calendar of events for the most recent details. You can also stay up-to-date on the latest events by signing up for our newsletters.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
The Ethical Lessons from COVID-19: Past, Present and Applying Them to the Future of Cancer Care
Join us for the 40th Annual Philippa Harris Lecture on Bioethical Issues in Cancer Care. Speaker Arthur Caplan will explore how the response to the COVID-19 pandemic offers important lessons for non-pandemic diseases, especially with regard to the importance of collaboration, prioritizing the strongest research efforts within a given disease area, adopting innovative trial designs, sharing data, and holding fast to randomized controlled designs that enable trials to produce meaningful answers as quickly as possible.
Find us on social media
We’re on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and LinkedIn, so there are plenty of ways to stay on top of what’s happening with us on any of those platforms. JCB alumni, students, faculty, and community members, get in touch because we’d love to share what you’ve been doing!