Collaborating centres

Case Studies

Joint activities on bioethics

The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) has been a collaborating centre since 2001. The JCB was founded in 1995 with the mission of providing leadership in bioethics research, education, and clinical activities. Its goals are: to support undergraduate, graduate, and educational programs in bioethics; to foster interdisciplinary research and scholarship; to support clinical ethics activities; and to foster collegial discussion of bioethics issues throughout its participating institutions.

The JCB has worked collaboratively with WHO most recently in three strategic areas:

  • Ethical issues in pandemic preparedness; Dr Ross Upshur, the current director, chaired a working group on health worker obligations in an influenza pandemic.
  • Research Ethics Education; with EMRO, the Masters of Health Sciences in Bioethics, International Stream at the JCB has trained recruits from the EMRO region as part of an NIH Fogarty International Centre grant to build capacity in research ethics in low and middle income countries.
  • Priority Setting; Dr Douglas Martin has worked with PAHO on priority setting issues in health systems and has established the Global Priority Setting Network. Past JCB work included extensive examination of genomics and global health.