Evidence-Based Medicine

The Evidence Never Lies?
Critical Debates in Evidence-Based Medicine

What’s right and what’s wrong with evidence-based medicine? What is the role of clinical research evidence in medical practice? What is the patient’s role in medical decision-making? A diverse panel of scholars will discuss these and other questions.

University of Toronto: Alumni Hall, Room 112 Victoria College

Friday, November 14th 5:30-7:30pm



  • Dr. Cheryl Misak (Interim Vice-President and Provost, Member of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Kumanan Wilson (Canada Research Chair in Public Health Policy, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa)
  • Dr. Ross Upshur (Canada Research Chair in Primary Care Research, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Director of the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto)
  • CHAIR: Dr. Maya Goldenberg (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Guelph)

Workshop Program
November 14-16, 2008

Friday, November 14

1:00pm-4:45pm Session 1: History and Philosophy of Science

  • Opening Remarks: Kirstin Borgerson
  • Keynote Presentation: John Worrall
  • Commentator: Robyn Bluhm
  • Short Break (15 minutes)
  • Break-out Sessions

5:30pm-7:30pm Public Panel: Critical Debates in Evidence-based Medicine

  • Chair: Ross Upshur
  • Panel Members: Andrew Miles, Cheryl Misak, Kumanan Wilson

7:30pm-8:30pm Conference Reception

Saturday, November 15

9:00am-12:45pm Session 2: Bioethics

  • Keynote: Ian Kerridge
  • Commentator: Mona Gupta
  • Short Break (15 minutes)
  • Break-out Sessions

2:00pm-5:45pm Session 3: Social Sciences

  • Keynote: Elizabeth Bogdan-Lovis
  • Commentator: Eric Mykhalovskiy
  • Short Break (15 minutes)
  • Break-out Sessions

6:00pm Conference Dinner

Sunday, November 16

8:00am-9:00am Mentors Breakfast

9:00am-12:45 Session 4: Clinical Practice

  • Keynote: Mark Tonelli
  • Commentator: Ken Goodman
  • Short Break (15 minutes)
  • Break-out Sessions

12:45pm-1pm Summary Statement and Final Remarks: Maya Goldenberg