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.

Meeting Highlights

Terms of Reference

Ethics at CIHR

Administrative resources


Paul E. Garfinkel
Department of Psychiatry,
University of Toronto

Fern Brunger
Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University

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

Nicolas Fernandez
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Chelsea Gabel
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University

Jennifer Hamilton
Senior Director
New Ventures (Canada)
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

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

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
Associate Professor, Bioethics Programs
School of Public Health
University of Montreal

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

Roderick McInnes
Acting President

Geneviève Dubois-Flynn
Manager, Ethics Strategies

Michelle Peel
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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