Breakthroughs in the health sciences offer tremendous hope. But with progress come new legal, policy, and ethical challenges. The Centre is an interdisciplinary hub for the generation of new ideas and evidence and their translation to impact policymakers and practitioners and to benefit the public.
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CHLPE is releasing a weekly newsletter during COVID-19 compiling articles and resources from Centre faculty and elsewhere. We also provide a bank of general resources of all kinds. Click here for archives.
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Seeking post-doctoral fellows in AI + healthcare; AI + environment

We are seeking two skilled and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellows to pursue an innovative research program focused on the legal and ethical aspects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as applied to the health and health care sector (1), and social science aspects as applied to environmental sustainability (2). We will begin reviewing applications on 1 June.

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Video: The Generous Society – Challenges in Organ Donation and Transplantation

Dr. Sonny Dhanani (Chief, Pediatric Intensive Care, CHEO) and Centre Professors Vanessa Gruben and Jennifer Chandler navigate through a blizzard of issues on organ donation and transplantation.

Special Topics: Global Health Governance (API 6339)

Introduction to the role and functions of the World Health Organization and other global health institutions. Consideration of the conception of global health from different theoretical perspectives on international relations. Introduction to the role of non-state actors in global health; global health security; and selected contemporary challenges in global health governance (e.g., antimicrobial resistance; infectious disease control and the 2019 novel coronavirus).

The course will be offered Mon/Wed 830-1130 from the week of May 4 to the week of June 12th.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar from the U.S. Jennifer Herbst

CHLPE's Fulbright Visiting Scholar from the U.S. for 2019–2020 is Jennifer Herbst. Jennifer is Professor of Law and Medical Sciences at Quinnipiac University's School of Law and Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. She also serves as a community member on the adult ethics committee for Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Human Subjects Committee for Yale University’s Human Research Protection Program. Her research focuses on the intersection between health, ethics, law, and money. Her current research projects include examining how health care systems should be allocating resources to prevent and respond to patient and visitor violence, the ethics of using microbiota transplants for antibiotic stewardship purposes, and the ethical framework for loved ones making health care decisions for others.

Jennifer will be in Ottawa from January 6–May 8 2020.  She can be reached at Jennifer.Herbst@quinnipiac.edu.

Annual Report 2018–19

Our Annual Report is posted! Click to view...

Colleen M. Flood on CBC's Ontario Today on Pharmacare: The Promise and Perils

Three of the 5 parties in the House of Commons have committed to free medication. Open lines with a proponent, Prof. Colleen Flood, the University Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa.

Machine M.D. conference full panel videos and slide decks now available.

Click on Conferences -> Past Conferences above.

The new J.D. Option in Health Law is now available.

Explore graduate studies in Health Law, Policy, and Ethics

See under "Students" in the main menu above to learn about opportunities for graduate studies at the Centre, including our new LL.M. concentration.


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