Welcome to the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
A Collaboratory in Bioethics Research, Education, Practice and Public Engagement
The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is a partnership between the University of Toronto and affiliated healthcare organizations. The JCB studies important ethical, health-related topics through research and clinical activities. The JCB is a network of over 180 multidisciplinary professionals seeking to improve health care standards at both national and international levels. At the JCB, theory is put into practice.
Our mission is to provide leadership in bioethics research, education, practice and public engagement.
Physician Assisted Dying (PAD) Education Program
The JCB teaching module on PAD developed by Dr. Larry Librach (former JCB Director) was presented at the Canadian Bioethics Society Annual Conference in Banff, Alberta in June 2013. The following slides provide an introduction to the teaching module... > Continue reading PAD Education Program
Professor Jennifer Gibson has been appointed as Interim Director of the JCB
Professor Larry Librach has stepped down as Director of the Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB), as of April 15, 2013, for medical reasons. Professor Jennifer Gibson has been appointed as Interim Director of the JCB, effective April 15, 2013 to June 30, 2014 or until a new Director is appointed. > Read Announcement by Catharine Whiteside, Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Publication: Population and Public Health Ethics: Cases from Research, Policy, and Practice
The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is pleased to announce the release of a new publication: Population and Public Health Ethics: Cases from Research, Policy, and Practice. This book brings together 16 cases of ethical issues encountered across a range of public health issues and sectors and presents accompanying analyses by leading experts in public health ethics. The book's foreword was written by former JCB Director, Dr. Ross Upshur. > Read more
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Strategic Plan 2012-2017
Guided by a Strategic Planning Committee, the strategic planning process included broad internal and external consultation over January to March 2012 and a multi-stakeholder strategic planning retreat on April 4, 2012. The following 5-year strategic plan outlines the revised vision, mission and values for the JCB and six strategic directions with targeted goals, action steps, and outcome measures.
The release of this new strategic plan, Many Paths: a Shared Future, marks another important milestone in the evolution of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB). It recognizes a strong history beginning in 1995 and charts an exciting future for the next five years.
For more information on the JCB Strategic Plan, please contact Jennifer Gibson (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interim Federal Health Program Cuts – ethics policy brief
The Uninsured Patient Task Force (UPTF) is comprised of bioethicists and healthcare providers with ethics training and affiliation with the University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB). Members of the UPTF have significant experience consulting on uninsured patient cases, developing policy at healthcare delivery organizations or providing healthcare to uninsured patients. > Read more
Sandoz Drug Supply Shortage – ethics & other resources
The JCB is working with the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care and its partner organizations to address resource allocation issues during the drug supply shortage. > Read more
JCB: WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics
A WHO collaborating centre forms part of an inter-institutional collaborative network set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) in support of its programme at the country, intercountry, regional, interregional and global levels, as appropriate. But there is more to it than that. In line with the WHO policy and strategy of technical cooperation, a WHO collaborating centre must also participate in the strengthening of country resources, in terms of information, services, research and training, in support of national health development.
The JBC has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics.
Information on WHO and WHO collaborating centres (including the JCB):