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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, May 26 to Friday May 28, 2021

Behind the Mask: Ethical Issues Revealed by COVID-19 in Canada and Beyond

Join us for the 32nd Annual Canadian Bioethics Society Conference. This conference will be held entirely online and the theme is intended to capture issues and concerns both created by and exacerbated by the pandemic. These may include the roots of social and health inequity that perpetuate racism and oppression, the governmental responses to the pandemic, and those issues that may be endemic to the field of bioethics itself. We invite bioethicists, scientists, subject matter experts, anti-racism/anti-oppression advocates, and those affected by or influencing the work of all of the above to attend and participate.

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