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The JCB Voice

March 2018 / Vol. 23 / No. 7
In this month's issue:

In the News
JCB Seminars
Educational Opportunities
Fellowship Opportunities
Call for Submissions

In the News

Handing Out Naloxone Doesn't Fix Opioid Crisis
In the midst of a national opioid crisis, take-home naloxone programs have expanded rapidly.
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Health and the Genome Puzzle: Mapping DNA Has Gotten Cheaper, but Do We Know How to Use the Data?
Not only was Michael Szego the ethics lead on the Personal Genome Project Canada — he was also a participant, agreeing to have his genome mapped and shared publicly.
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Partnerships Catalyze Change
Last week, I [Lynn Wilson] had the opportunity to attend the launch of a special issue of The Lancet focused on Canada's global leadership on health.
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Paul Dalla Lana Commits Second $20-Million Gift to the University of Toronto's Boundless Campaign
Almost a decade after making a $20-million gift to establish the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Paul and Alessandra Dalla Lana are doubling down on their investment.
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Educational Opportunities

Advanced European Bioethics Course "Suffering, Death and Palliative Care"
March 20-23, 2018
The section of Healthcare Ethics, Department IQ Healthcare, Radboudumc University Medical Centre in The Netherlands is organizing the 20th edition of this course. The objective is to educate the participants on two main aspects: ethical questions of palliative care and medically assisted death, and philosophical, theological and medical reflections on the concepts of death and suffering.
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Summer Course in Health Law and Ethics
July 2-6, 2018
The Erasmus Observatory on Health Law / Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam) provides students, academics, professionals and practitioners, with an opportunity for intensive training in various aspects of health law and ethics over a one-week period, while absorbing the sights, sounds and culture unique to Rotterdam and the Netherlands.
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“Publish or Perish!” Intensive Course on Research and Publishing in Bioethics
September 12-14, 2018
The main goal of this course is to enhance your skills in doing research and writing research papers. The course gives you not only practical knowledge and information, but also allows to practice and master your writing skills.
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Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Ethics 2018-2019
The Centre for Clinical Ethics (CCE) invites applications for a paid Academic Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Ethics starting in September 2018 in Toronto, Canada.
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
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Clinical Ethics Fellowship (2 positions)
The Alberta Health Services Clinical Ethics Service invites applications for two full-time positions as Clinical Ethics Fellows for a two-year mentored training program commencing September 4, 2018. The Fellowship is designed to provide individuals who have formal training in ethics with exposure to the practice of clinical ethics in a variety of clinical settings.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2018
» Edmonton - Royal Alexandra Hospital
» Calgary - Foothills Medical Centre

Call for Submissions



UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 13th World Conference
The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics is pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the 13th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics & Health Law, to be held in Jerusalem on November 27-29, 2018.
Closing date: June 15, 2018
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President's Teaching Award and Teaching Academy
The University-wide President's Teaching Award recognizes sustained excellence in teaching, research in teaching, and the integration of teaching and research. We encourage nominations of colleagues whose achievements are truly outstanding for this very special form of recognition by the University of Toronto.
Closing date: March 19, 2018
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2018 Institute Advisory Boards (IABs)
CIHR is launching the 2018 IAB membership renewal of its thirteen Institute Advisory Boards (IABs). The number of members on an IAB is between eight and 14. Selection criteria and composition of the IABs is available under the IAB Selection Criteria. Consult the CIHR Institutes web pages to review their specific areas of focus.
Closing date: April 9, 2018
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JCB Seminars

March 7
"Developing Research Partnerships with Patients"
Geneviève Dubois-Flynn, PhD, Manager, Ethics Strategies, Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Nicolas Fernandez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal; Don Willison, MSc, ScD, Acting Program Director, Health Services Research, Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
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March 14
"Deceased Directed Organ Donation: Exploring the Ethics from a Family Centred Care Perspective"
Andria Bianchi, MA, PhD Candidate, Bioethicist, University Health Network, PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo; Rebecca Greenberg, RN, PhD, Bioethicist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
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March 21
"Unknown Pleasures: Epilepsy, Physical Culture, and Existential Authenticity"
Michael Atkinson, PhD, Professor, Co-Editor, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, Director, Pain, Suffering, and Ethics Lab, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto
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March 28
6th Annual Upshur on Public Health Ethics - "The Death of Expertise? Reframing Vaccine Hesitancy as Public Mistrust of Science"
Maya J. Goldenberg, PhD, Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph
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Note: The Winter seminars will take place in the Fitzgerald Builing, 150 College Street, Room 139. To see the full schedule please visit our website.


JCB members' publications for the month of March 2018.
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Health Law, Ethics and Policy Seminar Series
Toronto, ON
March 8, 2018
"Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Canada's Indigenous Women"
Speaker: Erin Nelson, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
Commentator: Suzanne Stewart, Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, University of Toronto
12:30 to 2:00 p.m. 84 Queen's Park, Falconer Hall, Solarium (room FA2). A light lunch will be provided.

Ethics Grand Rounds
Toronto, ON
March 13, 2018
"Gender Identity in the 21st Century – The Transgender Experience"
Speaker: Carys Massarella, MD, FRCPC, Emergency Physician, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Mississauga Hospital – Auditorium; Credit Valley Hospital – 1A221; and Queensway Health Centre – Long Branch Room. All are welcome to attend.

Engaging Ageing 2018 - "New Frontiers of Ageing: Research, Policy & Practice"
Dublin, Ireland
March 13-14, 2018
This event will bring together institutes of higher education, policy makers, government and civic society to share, debate and explore new frontiers of ageing across a broad range of themes.
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Bioethics Grand Rounds
Toronto, ON
March 15, 2018
"Are Academic Clinicians Still Value-Added in Modern Healthcare?"
Presenter: Dr. Connie Williams
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Hollywood Theatre, The Hospital for Sick Children.

Health Ethics Seminar
Edmonton, AB
March 16, 2018
"On Being Open-Minded: Health Care Practice and the art of Being Wrong"
Presenter: Derek Sellman, PhD, RN
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. MST/MDT. Dvorkin Centre (2G2.07 WMC)
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Third Annual In the Loop: Timothy Caulfield on "Science-ploitation"
Toronto, ON
March 22, 2018
Popular culture is filled with health myths, pseudoscientific noise and dangerous conspiracy theories. In this provocative presentation, Professor Caulfield will debunk some of the most pernicious falsehoods and explore the cultural forces driving the rise and spread of health misinformation, including celebrity culture, social media, predatory journals, and the spinning of real science (and science-y language).
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Is Two-Tier Care the Future? Private Finance in Canadian Medicare
Ottawa, ON
April 6-7, 2018
Constitutional litigation threatens to further open the door to privatization of health care in Canada. This conference brings speakers from the U.S., Australia, Ireland, France, and across Canada to discuss experiences in other countries with two-tier systems and how Canada could respond if a legal challenge is successful.
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