Charles Dupras, MSc. Charles has a Masters degree in Molecular Biology and is a PhD student in Bioethics under the supervision of Dr Vardit Ravitsky. His interests in research are primarily centred on philosophical, ethical and sociological matters raised by recent developments in the field of epigenetics. Charles is also interested in the public perception of science and medicine, and the sometimes adversarial relationship between experts, policy makers and citizens. He is a student member of the Comité d’éthique de la recherche en santé de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRES) and a member of the Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM). Competing interests: none declared.
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Maude Laliberté, PT, MSc, is a PhD student in Bioethics at the University of Montreal (co-supervised by Dr Williams-Jones and Dr Feldman). A practicing physiotherapist and clinical assistant professor in the School of Rehabilitation at the University of Montreal, Ms Laliberté has taught professional ethics to physiotherapists for the past 3 years; she is also a member of the syndic team at the Order of Physiotherapy of Québec (OPPQ). Her doctoral research focuses on the distribution of and access to rehabilitation services in connection with third party payers. Competing interests: Maude is supervised by Bryn Williams-Jones.
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Lise Levesque, PhD. Lise has a PhD in molecular biology (2002) and also did a post-doc in this discipline (2004). Her strong interest in socioethical aspects of science motivated her to prusue an MA in bioethics (2007). She has been committed to the Bioethics Student Association (as president) and to the Canadian Bioethics Society as chair of a committee. Lise has contributed to research projects pertaining to genomics, nutrigenomics, organisation of primary health care and to bioethics, and she is interested in socioethical aspects of biotechnologies, notably biological engineering. Lise has developed expertise in qualitative research and participatory research and she is specifically interested in the ethical supervision of such research. She is currently working as a research associate at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Laval. She is also a member of the Comité plurifacultaire d’éthique de la recherche de l’Université de Montréal. Shepublishes articles in bioethics, teaches and is actively involved in Montreal’s bioethics community. Competing interests: none declared.
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Jason Behrmann, MSc, PhD. Following his studies in honours biochemistry at McGill University, Jason Behrmann pursued his doctorate in Bioethics through the biomedical sciences programme at the University of Montréal, specialising in ethics in health policy and public health. Having returned to McGill as a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Jason’s main research interests centre on Queer Bioethics, the analysis of health policies concerning sexual and gender minorities (LGBTI community), and the advancement of human rights for sexual and gender minorities in medicine and public health. Specific topics of interest include analysing the associations between the LGBTI community and medical tourism, donation of human materials in medicine, and social inequities. Competing interests: Jason was supervised by Bryn Williams-Jones, for his PhD.
Marleen Eijkholt, LLM, PhD, is the current Clinical Ethics Fellow at the Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical Center, NY. She helps in consulting on the ethical issues that arise in the practice of medicine. Furthermore, her tasks involve teaching and contributing to institutional and hospital policies for the clinic and for research. Before arriving at AMBI, Marleen was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Core for Neuroethics in Vancouver (Canada). Her main project focused on the risks of experimental stem cell interventions for spinal cord injury, as perceived by individuals with a spinal cord injury and health care professionals. Marleen’s background is in law and bioethics, with a particular focus on international comparative health law, human rights and legal theory. Marleen has an LLB/LLM degree from the Maastricht University (NL), and a PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence from the University of Manchester (UK). At both institutions she held associate lecturer positions and was awarded several prestigious grants. She was at the Bioethics Committee of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (FR) from January to April 2010. Marleen combines legal, theoretical, philosophical and ethical approaches in her work, and is excited to be involved in the practical side of clinical ethics. Competing interests: none declared.
Charles Marsan, BSc, BA, DMV, MA. Charles has a Bachelors degree in Biology (Ecology) from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1983) and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Université de Montréal (1988). He practised in his own vet clinic for 15 years in Quebec, in large and small animal medicine and surgery. Since 2005, Charles is interested in research on bullying. He did a Bachelors degree at Université de Montréal in Redaction, Jounalism and Multimedia. He realized a Master degree in Bioethics on the issues raised by Conflicts of Interest in companion animals veterinary practice. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in biomedical sciences (Bioethics) on the concept of alteration of clinical reasoning in situations of conflicts of interest among health professionals. Charles is webmaster and member on the board of AQEC (association québécoise d’éthique clinique). Competing interests: Charles is supervised by Bryn Williams-Jones
Carolina Martin, LLB, MA. Carolina has a Masters degree in Bioethics from the Université de Montréal, with a background in law followed by a Certificate in Ethics and Public Policies. Her interests are primarily centred on the analysis of socio-ethical issues raised by new reproductive technologies and their integration into the process of Health Technology Assessment. Carolina has been involved in research ethics teaching and has been a member of research ethics committees since 2007. Competing interests: Carolina was supervised by Bryn Williams-Jones, for her MA.
Zubin Master, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College. He holds a doctorate in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Toronto and has performed a post-doctoral fellowship in bioethics and health policy at Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia. Previously, Zubin worked as a Senior Policy Advisor/Analyst at Health Canada. Initially he developed regulations on assisted human reproduction and embryo research under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act and subsequently led the development of the Health Canada Scientific Integrity Framework. Zubin’s area of research interests in bioethics focuses on the ethics and policy of embryo and stem cell research, genethics, the ethics and governance of research involving humans, and the responsible conduct of research (research integrity). He has published dozens of articles on diverse topics, including stem cell tourism, biobanking and informed consent, commercialization of stem cell research, hype and public trust, and the responsible conduct of research in scientific publishing. Zubin continues to serve or has been a member of several governmental and non-governmental committees and journal editorial boards. Competing interests: Zubin is a longtime collaborator with Bryn Williams-Jones, with whom he also co-supervises the PhD of Elise Smith.
Christopher McDougall holds a BA and an MA in political science from McGill University, was a graduate student at the Institut de sciences politiques de Paris, a visiting fellow at the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics at the Università degli Studi di Padova, and is currently completing a doctorate in health policy and bioethics at the University of Toronto’s IHPME. Christopher’s recent research, funded largely by CIHR grants, lies at the intersection of international law and relations, population health, and moral theory. His recent publications, which have appeared in CMAJ, Health Law Review, Health Care Quarterly, andthe Bulletin of the World Health Organization, have focused on ethical and public health arguments for improving infectious disease control policy, multilevel health governance, and global health diplomacy and assistance. Christopher was also part of a three-year project at NCCHPP and the INSPQ to develop a wide array of tools and resources for the integration of moral language and reasoning into the everyday practice of Canadian public health professionals. (CV) Conflits d’intérêts: none declared.
Ali Okhowat, MD, is passionate about improving access to essential medicines, technologies, and quality health care in Canada and around the world. A medical resident and fellow of the Humanitarian Studies Initiative at McGill University and Doctoral student in Bioethics at the Université de Montréal, Ali has had a long-standing interest in global health and health policy issues. He is currently a research assistant for the Ethics in Military Medicine Research Group (EMMRG) and is working on establishing a new social enterprise, mHealth Global, dedicated to developing open source mobile health solutions for disaster relief operations and health care systems around the world. Competing interests: Ali is supervised by Bryn Williams-Jones.
Sonia Paradis, MA, has a BA in History of Health in Quebec (Laval University) and an MA in Bioethics (University of Montreal). Currently completing a certificate in philosophy, since 2011 Sonia has been pursuing a PhD Bioethics through the Applied Human Sciences programme (University of Montreal), supervised by Bryn Williams-Jones and Pascale Lehoux. Her interests centre on issues related to health policy, new biomedical technologies and the popularization of knowledge. Sonia’s thesis aims to create “ethical fictions” in the form of interactive videos, to enable an active reflection of citizens about the ethical issues arising from the development of new biomedical technologies. Wishing to understand the public’s knowledge, thinking and expectations regarding developments in medicine, Sonia’s professional experience in teaching and the use of new media will help support this dynamic knowledge transfer between professionals and citizens. Interweaving science, politics, history and philosophy, Sonia takes a comprehensive approach to biomedical ethics, both in her thesis studies and in her work as a consultant in different contexts. Competing interests: Sonia is supervised by Bryn Williams-Jones.