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The JCB Voice

April 2018 / Vol. 23 / No. 8
In this month's issue:

In the News
JCB Seminars
JCB Awards - Calls for Submissions
Educational Opportunities
Fellowship Opportunities
Call for Submissions

In the News

Opioid Measures Could Go Too Far, Say Bioethics Experts
Efforts to address the opioid epidemic, by doctors and insurers, could lead to discrimination or stigma in health care, bioethics experts warned Friday at a conference at the University of Pittsburgh.
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The Ethical Minefield of 'Mind Reading' by Recording Brain Activity
Technique has benefits, but is still 'ripe for abuse' in an age of data mining, authoritarian regimes.
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Medically Assisted Death Allows Couple Married Almost 73 Years to Die Together
The Brickendens are one of the few couples in Canada to receive a doctor-assisted death together, and the first to speak about it publicly.
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Should Surrogate Mothers be Paid for their Labour?
Is it time that we recognize labour as... labour? Or is paying women to act as surrogates a slippery slope to exploitation?
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How Artificial Intelligence Can Completely Revolutionize Canadian Health Care
As AI begins to take off, will the health-care industry be receptive to technological disruption despite its notorious aversion to change?
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JCB members' publications for the month of April 2018.
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JCB Awards - Calls for Submissions

We are current accepting submissions for our faculty and student awards for 2018. These awards will be presented at the Annual Research & Awards Celebration on Wednesday, June 6th. Submissions are being requested for the following awards:
  • Christine Harrison Bioethics Education Award for Integration of Theory and Practice
  • Ross Upshur Course Director Award
  • Barbara Secker Award for Professional Innovation in Health Ethics Practice
  • Larry Librach Prize in Ethics and End of Life Care
  • Peter A. Singer Award in Bioethics
  • Mervis-Simon Family Award in Bioethics
The deadline for all awards is May 9th (midnight). For more information on each award and how to nominate candidates or apply, please visit our website.

Educational Opportunities

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

Health System Impact Fellowship
The CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship (HSIF) program is founded on partnerships with health system and related organizations that are committed to the program objectives, including providing enriching, stimulating and impact-oriented experiential learning opportunities for PhD trainees and/or post-doctoral fellows that accelerate their professional growth and career readiness and advance the organization’s impact goals regarding health system improvement.
Application Deadline: April 5, 2018
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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethics
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship to be held at the Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto (C4E), during the 2018-19 academic year. We welcome candidates with research interests from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, philosophy, law, political science, the social sciences, the humanities, computer science, engineering, and technology studies.
Application Deadline: April 15, 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



14th World Congress of Bioethics and 7th National Bioethics Conference
The theme this year is‘Health for all in an unequal world: Obligations of global Bioethics’. Abstracts that critically discuss cutting-edge themes and concepts in bioethics and those that describe research findings or project outcomes will be preferred for the Congress.
Closing date: April 8, 2018
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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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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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Board Legal Officer, Doctors Without Borders
The MSF Canada Legal Officer is a voluntary officer position on the Board of Directors. The role of the Legal Officer is to assist the Board with legal questions that arise, to support the proper functioning of the Board, and contribute a perspective rooted in experience of legal practice.
Closing date: Until Filled
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JCB Seminars

April 4
"Moral Experiences of Research Conducted During the West Africa Ebola Epidemic"
Lisa Schwartz, PhD, Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Healthcare Ethics and Professor, McMaster University; Elysée Nouvet, PhD, Assistant Professor in Global Health, Western University
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April 11
"Including Pregnant Women in Clinical Research: Regulations and Stakeholders' Views"
Kyoko Wada, MD, PhD, Clinical Ethics Fellow, Centre for Clinical Ethics, St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto
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April 18
"Computational Semantics for Empirical Bioethics: Revealing Ethics in Text"
Serena Purdy, BA, MS, PhD Candidate, Macquarie University and Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, Collaborative Program in Bioethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
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April 25
"Stopping the Unsuccessful ECMO Course: An Exploration of Applied Clinical Ethics, Social, and Team Challenges"
Roxanne Kirsch, MD, MBE, FRCPC, FAAP, Critical Care Bioethics Associate, Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist, Assistant Professor Pediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children
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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.


Rhonda Martin accepted a new appointment as Executive Assistant to the Dean and Vice-Principal at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Rosanna Macri has been awarded a grant through the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research Education Fund in support of her project, “Improving advance care planning in heart failure management: Developing a relational model of the patient and family experience.”

Bob Parke has retired from his position as Ethicist at Humber River Hospital.

Tieghan Killackey has been awarded a grant through the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research Education Fund in support of her project, “Improving advance care planning in heart failure management: Developing a relational model of the patient and family experience.” She also received the Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award which is a $25,000 fellowship in recognition of her outstanding academic excellence and extra-curricular leadership at the University of Toronto.


National Health Ethics Week
April 2-8, 2018
In collaboration with participating organizations across Canada, the Canadian Bioethics Society is coordinating the 4th annual National Health Ethics week. It is a time set aside for health and educational institutions, ethics committees, health care professionals, community organizations, businesses and members of the general public, to host and take part in educational events that explore health ethics issues.
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Ethics Week at Trillium Health Partners – Ethics at the Movies
Toronto, ON
April 3-5, 2018
April 3: "'The Savages': Advance Care Planning in the 21st Century"
Speakers: Eoin Connolly and Dr. Janos Pataki
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Mississauga Hospital - Back Porch, Credit Valley Hospital - 1G170, Queensway Health Centre – Long Branch Room. All are welcome to attend.
April 4: "'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly': Issues of consent, communication and respect for people"
Speaker: Michael Campbell
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. John Oliver Auditorium - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Mississauga Hospital- CA7-21, Credit Valley Hospital - 1G170, Queensway Health Centre – Long Branch Room. All are welcome to attend.
April 5: "'Me Before You': Navigating End of Life in the Era of Assistance in Dying "
Speakers: Dianne Godkin and Dr. Bill Wong
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Mississauga Hospital- CA4 Large Boardroom, Credit Valley Hospital - 1A221, Queensway Health Centre – Long Branch Room. All are welcome to attend.

Health Ethics Seminar
Edmonton, AB
April 4, 2018
"Navigating the Zone of Parental Discretion when Parents and Health Care Professionals Disagree"
Presenter: Eleanor Stewart, PhD
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. MST/MDT. Dvorkin Centre (2G2.07 WMC)
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Health Ethics Seminar
Edmonton, AB
April 6, 2018
"MAiD, Conscience, and Catholic Thought"
Presenter: Doris Kieser, PhD
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. MST/MDT. Dvorkin Centre (2G2.07 WMC)
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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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21st Century Age and Longevity Conference
New York City, NY
April 13-15, 2018
The three-day conference, “Age and Longevity in the 21st Century: Science, Policy, and Ethics,” sponsored by Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) and University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Andrija Stampar School of Public Health offer a unique opportunity to call attention to the impact of new technologies on the global profile of aging and longevity.
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UHN's Inaugural Bioethics Grand Rounds
Toronto, ON
April 18, 2018
"Living & Dying on the Streets: Supporting the advanced care planning needs of the homeless & vulnerably housed"
Our first Grand Rounds will feature guest speaker Dr. Naheed Dosani followed by UHN’s own Tieghan Killackey who will serve as our moderator.
12:00-1:00 p.m. Toronto General Hospital, 11 PMB, Astellas Conference Room. Light refreshments will be served.

Bioethics Grand Rounds
Toronto, ON
April 19, 2018
"Stakeholders' Perspectives About Best Interests and Shared Decision Making: Proposing the Shared Optimum Standard"
Presenter: Jürg Streuli MD, PhD, MAS, Visiting Professor, UofT and Visiting Researcher SickKids, Consultant, Medical Ethics & Palliative Care Physician, University Children’s Hospital, Zurich
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 1527 Hill Wing, The Hospital for Sick Children.

Dalla Lana School of Public Health Leadership Series
Toronto, ON
May 1, 2018
"Decriminalizing Opioids and Addiction in Canada"
Keynote: Donald MacPherson, Executive Director, Drug Policy Coalition, Simon Fraser University
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Rosalie Silberman Abella Moot Court Room, Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen's Park Crescent.
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Canadian Bioethics Society Conference 2018
Halifax, NS
May 23-25, 2018
The theme of this year's conference is "Balancing Interests, Needs and Obligations". This conference will provide an opportunity to explore the range of ways that we can both think and act in response to justice and injustice as they affect health and health care from concept through to practice.
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