Welcome to the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
A Collaboratory in Bioethics Research, Education, Practice and Public Engagement
The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is a partnership between the University of Toronto and affiliated healthcare organizations. The JCB studies important ethical, health-related topics through research and clinical activities. The JCB is a network of over 180 multidisciplinary professionals seeking to improve health care standards at both national and international levels. At the JCB, theory is put into practice.
Our mission is to provide leadership in bioethics research, education, practice and public engagement.
Professor Jennifer Gibson has been appointed as Director of the JCB
Professor Jennifer Gibson has been appointed as Director of the Joint Centre for Bioethics, effective April 1, 2014 for a three year term. She has been serving as Interim Director over the past year. > Read Announcement by Catharine Whiteside, Dean, Faculty of Medicine
JCB Re-designated WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics
The JCB has been re-designated a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics for the period of April 2014 to March 2018. The JCB received its first designation in 2002, when it became the first WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics (WHO-CC). In 2009, it co-founded and was inaugural chair of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics, which comprises 6 WHO-CCs in 4 WHO regions.
In the past, the JCB has provided expert consultation on global health ethics issues related to infectious disease (e.g., XDR-TB, HIV-AIDS), research governance (e.g., conflict of interest), and health system planning (e.g., pandemic preparedness) and contributed academic expertise to the development of WHO guidance documents and ethics curricula. Most recently, the JCB has been collaborating with the WHO Global Health Ethics Unit on a CIHR-funded project to develop an evaluation framework for research ethics systems.
Over the period of its re-designation, the JCB's joint work plan with the WHO will focus on 4 key areas based on the academic strengths and interests of our affiliated faculty members and partners and the needs of WHO member states:
- Mental health and chronic disease ethics
- Research ethics
- Public health ethics (infectious diseases, e.g., public health surveillance, epidemics/pandemics)
- Health services & system ethics (palliative and end of life care, priority setting, universal healthcare coverage)
The work plan provides a valuable framework to advance scholarship and practice in global health ethics, to enhance learning opportunities for our students/trainees, and to strengthen local collaborations in global health among the JCB's academic and health sector partners.
Physician Assisted Dying (PAD) Education Program
The JCB teaching module on PAD developed by Dr. Larry Librach (former JCB Director) was presented at the Canadian Bioethics Society Annual Conference in Banff, Alberta in June 2013. The following slides provide an introduction to the teaching module... > Continue reading PAD Education Program
Publication: Population and Public Health Ethics: Cases from Research, Policy, and Practice
The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is pleased to announce the release of a new publication: Population and Public Health Ethics: Cases from Research, Policy, and Practice. This book brings together 16 cases of ethical issues encountered across a range of public health issues and sectors and presents accompanying analyses by leading experts in public health ethics. The book's foreword was written by former JCB Director, Dr. Ross Upshur. > Read more