Bryn Williams-Jones, PhD, is Professor and Director in the Bioethics Program, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health (ESPUM) at the University of Montreal. An interdisciplinary scholar trained in Bioethics, Bryn is interested in the socio-ethical and policy implications of health innovations in diverse contexts. His research also examines the conflicts that arise in academic research and professional practice with a view to developing ethical tools to manage these conflicts when they cannot be avoided. Bryn heads the Research Ethics and Integrity Group. Competing interests: Bryn currently supervises (or has supervised in the past) members of the editorial board and other authors who publish in the journal; he is never involved in evaluating or making decisions regarding the acceptance of their manuscripts.
Renaud F. Boulanger, BA, is an MSc candidate at McGill University and a Research Award Recipient at the International Development Research Centre, where he works with the Advisory Committee on Research Ethics and conducts empirical research on research ethics in the developing world. Prior to this, Renaud conducted research on community engagement as part of advisory services offered to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation by the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health. This line of work brought him to Mexico, where he documented the challenges and successes of a research consortium tackling tuberculosis. Following a request from the Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens initiative, he also got involved in the adaptation of the Good Participatory Practice guidelines to the context of tuberculosis research. The adaptation is currently the subject of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Renaud’ long-time interest in academic publication took him to London after he finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto for an internship with The Lancet. Some of his other experiences in bioethics include a year-long practicum at the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, as well as a paid internship offered by the Joint Centre for Bioethics. As part of this internship, Renaud conducted an evaluation of Trillium Health Centre’s pilot project on advance care planning. In the course of his Master’s, Renaud received funding from FRQS, the Fondation Desjardins and Acfas, the Centre de recherche en éthique, as well as McGill University. Competing interests: none declared.
Vincent Couture, MA, is a PhD student in the Clinical Sciences Program, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke. His research interests focus on cross-border reproductive care, gamete transaction and reprogenetics. He works for the transdisciplinary research programme on the social, ethical, medical and legal aspects of reprogenetics (Fonds de recherche du Québec–Santé, Health and Society Program) with Professors Chantal Bouffard, Régen Drouin and Jean-Marie Moutquin at the Division of Genetics of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke. He holds studentships from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture and the Quebec Training Network in Perinatal Research. Competing interests: none to declare.
Charles Dupras, MSc. Charles Dupras has a masters in molecular biology, completed at the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS). He is now a doctoral candidate in Bioethics at the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal (ESPUM), under the supervision of Prof. Vardit Ravitsky. His thesis focuses on the ethical, social and political issues relating to the translation of knowledge from molecular epigenetics. He is a recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) F. Banting and C. Best scholarship, and the Jonathan Lomas scholarship supplement for knowledge translation (KT). Charles is co-organizer of IRSPUM Cafes Bioethique, scientific cafés also funded by the CIHR. He works as a research assistant on the ethical, legal and social issues of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and is part of the OMICS-ETHICS research group. He is a regular member of the Research Ethics Borad for Health Research at the University of Montreal (CERES), a member of the research group on conflicts of interest and a partner of the NeoHumanitas project. Competing interests: none declared.