Standing Committee on Ethics

The Standing Committee on Ethics identifies for the Governing Council emerging ethical issues of strategic relevance with respect to health and health research. It provides the Governing Council with high-level strategic advice on the ethical, legal and socio-cultural dimensions of CIHR's mandate as set out in the CIHR Act, at its initiative or at the request of the Governing Council or the President.

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Administrative resources


Paul E. Garfinkel
Department of Psychiatry,
University of Toronto

Jeffrey Botkin
Professor, Pediatrics
Adjunct Professor, Human Genetics
Chief, Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities
Department of Internal Medicine
Associate Vice President, Research Integrity
University of Utah

Glenn Cohen
Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics

Nicolas Fernandez
Professor, Faculty of Educational Sciences
Université du Québec à Montréal
Assistant Professor, Center for Applied Pedagogy in the Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Judy Illes
Professor of Neurology
Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Director, National Core for Neuroethics, UBC

Malcolm King
Scientific Director, Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health
Professor, Faculty of Health Services
Simon Fraser University

Paul Lasko
Scientific Director, Institute of Genetics
Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University
Associate Member, Goodman Cancer Research Centre

Jean Miller
Patient Engagement Researcher, Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) Program
Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary

Vardit Ravitsky
Ethics Designate, Institute of Genetics Advisory Board
Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Bioethics
Director, Ethics and Health Branch, Centre de recherche en éthique
Université de Montréal (CRÉUM)

Raphael Saginur
Chair, Ottawa Health Sciences Research Ethics Board
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Infectious Disease Physician, Former Chief, Infectious Disease
The Ottawa Hospital

Lisa Schwartz
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
McMaster University

Non-Voting Members

Jane E. Aubin
Chief Scientific Officer and Vice-President
Research, Knowledge Translation and Ethics Portfolio, CIHR

Alain Beaudet

Geneviève Dubois-Flynn
Manager, Ethics Strategies

Danika Goosney
Director General
Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics

Thérèse Roy
Chief Financial Officer
Vice-President, Resource Planning and Management

Susan Zimmerman
Executive Director, Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research

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