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The JCB Voice

October 2019 / Vol. 25 / No. 2
In this month's issue:
In the News / JCB Seminars & Events / Events / Studentship Opportunities / Fellowship Opportunities / Call for Submissions / Publications

In the News

WIHV: Leadership in Digital Health and Equity

Recognizing the need for further discussions on the importance of equity in health research, the WIHV equity committee along with its partner the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics organized a one day symposium to explore equality in digital health.
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Dr. Heather Ross on Heart Failure, Artificial Intelligence and a Near-Death Experience

In this episode of Behind the Breakthrough we hear from cardiologist Dr. Heather Ross about her pioneering work with artificial intelligence, how she handles failure—especially after two rejections from medical school—and how a brush with death brought her closer to her patients than ever before.
» Listen to podcast

A Watershed Month for Medical Assistance in Dying

Two major legal developments in the space of a week on Canada’s medical assistance in dying laws could help more Canadians end their suffering.
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JCB Seminars & Events

Management of Intersex Newborns: Legal and Ethical Developments

October 2, 2019
Bernard Dickens, OC, PhD, LLD, LLD(hc), FRSC, Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
» Watch video

Benefits That Go Both Ways: Providing Results to Research Participants

October 9, 2019
Dorothyann Curran, MHSc, CCRP, Research Associate, The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
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38th Annual Philippa Harris Lecture on Bioethics Issues in Cancer (Presented by UHN Bioethics)

October 16, 2019
Space for the Sacred in Cancer Care: Navigating Ethical Tensions Between Indigenous Healing and Biomedicine
Cathy Fournier, MA, RMT, PhD(c), Social Anthropology & Indigenous Studies, Dalhousie University, Doctoral Research Fellow, Wilson Centre
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2019 Friesen Prize Lecture: The Right to Science and the Rights of Children & 2019 Friesen Roundtable: Impacts of Disruptive New Technologies (AI, stem cell science, gene editing) on Society: Role of the Academy

October 17, 2019
The JCB is very pleased to co-sponsor these events in collaboration with the Friends of CIHR, Massey College at UofT, the McLaughlin Centre (Sick Kids), and the new UofT Schwartz-Reismann Institute for Technology and Society. This year’s event honours the work of internationally acclaimed ethics and legal scholar, Professor Bartha Knoppers (Director, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University).
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The Death of Ezekiel Stephan: Moral Ambiguity and the Limits of Parental Authority

October 23, 2019
Philip Hébert, MD, PhD, FCFPC, Professor Emeritus, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto; Wayne Rosen, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FASCRS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Calgary, Co-chair, undergraduate medical ethics curriculum, Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary
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The "Shazam" Moment in Empirical Bioethics

October 30, 2019
Angus Dawson, Professor of Bioethics, Director, Sydney Health Ethics, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney
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Canadian Bioethics Society: 31st Annual Conference

June 3-5, 2020
Save the date! The theme of the annual conference is "The Role of Bioethics in AI and Emerging Health Technologies: Activator, Inhibitor or Collaborator?"
For more information please contact Tracy Murphy, CBS Administrator,
Considering a professional Master's degree in bioethics at U of T? Join us for the next MHSc in Bioethics program Q&A happening online on Thursday, November 7th at 12pm EST.
» Register now


CRISPR Consensus?: Public Debate and the Future of Genome Editing in Human Reproduction

Berkley, CA, USA
October 26, 2019
Join us at the University of California, Berkeley or by live stream for an open symposium on public participation in ethics and policy around making heritable changes to human DNA.
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2019 University of Toronto Surgical Ethics Symposium

Toronto, ON
November 8, 2019
Topics include: Fetal Closure of Myelomeningocele – Paige Church, Sunnybrook/Holland Bloorview; Parent-directed Gynaecological Surgeries in the Developmental Delayed Child – James Anderson, SickKids; Disagreements in Care in the Adolescent Oncology Patient – Sevan Hopyan and Abha Gupta, SickKids; Ethics M and Ms (Registrant Submitted Cases).
The symposium will take place at the Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut St. from 9 am until 4 pm.
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Machine Learning in Medicine Symposium

Toronto, ON
November 21, 2019
This symposium will present the current and near-future state of machine learning and discuss both the opportunities and challenges for its application in medicine.
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Centre for Clinical Ethics Annual Conference

Toronto, ON
November 22, 2019
Understanding and Responding to Bias in Healthcare
The goal of the 26th annual Centre for Clinical Ethics conference is to have a conversation about the role of bias in healthcare and what can be done about it.
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16th Annual International Conference on Clinical Ethics & Consultation

Spier Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa
March 31-April 3, 2020
Beyond Borders: Exploring New Frontiers
The conference will explore clinical ethics challenges that traverse borders and shift paradigms against a backdrop of cultural complexity and diversity.
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Fellowship Opportunities

Postdoctoral Associate

Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
This competitive 2-year program offers the opportunity to train with the Center's nationally renowned faculty and staff who lead premier Clinical Ethics Consultation Services at adult private hospital systems in the Texas Medical Center.
Deadline to apply: October 31, 2019
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2019-2020 RBC Post-Doctoral & Graduate Fellowships

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
These Fellowships will support research and innovation at the University of Toronto and recognize emerging leaders who are establishing a record of research, scholarship, and impact, and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Deadline to apply: November 11, 2019
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Studentship Opportunities

Volunteer Studentships

Sinai Health System, Toronto
The Bioethics Department at Sinai Health System offers studentship opportunities to students interested in bioethics. Students are matched with a supervisor and location (Mount Sinai Hospital and/or Bridgepoint) depending on their interests and available projects.
Deadline to apply: November 1, 2019 (Winter term)
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Volunteer Studentships

SickKids Hospital, Toronto
The Bioethics Department at SickKids is keen to offer a range of opportunities to students interested in paediatric bioethics. We use the term students in a broad sense to include anyone who wishes to pursue such a learning opportunity, including practising Health Care Professionals.
Deadline to apply: November 1, 2019 (Winter term)
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Call for Submissions



First, Do Less Harm: Harm Reduction as a Principle of Health Policy and Law

The Ottawa Hub for Harm Reduction together with the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics will hold a two-day conference at the University of Ottawa on May 14-15, 2020 examining current challenges and opportunities for developing innovative harm reduction approaches in Canada. We invite talk proposals related to the law and policy of harm reduction.
Submission deadine: October 15, 2019
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University of Toronto President's Impact Awards

Nominations are being accepted for this award which aims to celebrate and honour faculty members whose research has led to significant impact beyond academia, including, for example, on society, culture, public policy or law, practices or services, education, the development of products, processes or services from inventions, the economy, health, a profession, the environment, quality of life, or through public engagement.
Submission deadine: October 31, 2019
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  • Cellarius V, Goldman R. Advanced Illness Home Care. Canadian Family Physician. 2019;65:534-5. Read more
  • Da Silva M, Zlotnik Shaul R, Simpson C, Boydell K. Dual-Role Research and Consent by Unique Specialists. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2019;19(4):46-8. Read more
  • Downar J, Wegier P, Tanuseputro P. Early Identification of People Who Would Benefit From a Palliative Approach—Moving From Surprise to Routine. JAMA Network Open. 2019;2(9):e1911146. Read more
  • Hayeems RZ, Luca S, Pullenayegum E, Meyn MS, Ungar WJ. Genome Diagnostics: Novel Strategies for Measuring Value. Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. 2019;25(10):1096-101. Read more
  • Im J, Mak S, Upshur R, Steinberg L, Kuluski K. ‘The Future Is Probably Now’: Understanding of Illness, Uncertainty and End‐of‐Life Discussions in Older Adults with Heart Failure and Family Caregivers. Health Expectations. 2019;00:1-10. Read more
  • Millett G, Naglie G, Upshur R, Jaakkimainen L, Charles J, Tierney M. Computerized Cognitive Testing in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders. 2018;32(2):114-9. Read more
  • Saunders S, Killackey T, Kurahashi A, Walsh C, Wentlandt K, Lovrics E, Scott M, Mahtani R, Bernstein M, Howard M, Tanuseputro P, Goldman R, Zimmermann C, Aslakson RA, Isenberg SR. Palliative Care Transitions From Acute Care to Community-Based Care—A Systematic Review. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2019;58(4):721-34. Read more
  • Shaw J, Rudzicz F, Jamieson T, Goldfarb A. Artificial Intelligence and the Implementation Challenge. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2019;21(7):e13659. Read more
  • Trost B, Walker S, Haider SA, Sung WWL, Pereira S, Phillips CL, Higginbotham EJ, Strug LJ, Nguyen C, Raajkumar A, Szego MJ, Marshall CR, Scherer SW. Impact of DNA Source on Genetic Variant Detection from Human Whole-Genome Sequencing Data. Journal of Medical Genetics. 12 September 2019. Read more

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