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.


World Health Organization

The JCB is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics. The JCB received its designation in 2002, when it became the first WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics (WHO-CC). In 2009, it co-founded and was inaugural chair of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres web link for Bioethics, which comprises 6 WHO-CCs in 4 WHO regions.


Current News:


The JCB's Working Group on Difficult Transitions

The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics' working group on Difficult Transitions has recently had their manuscript accepted to Nursing Ethics... > Continue reading



Dr. Philip Hébert Presents at Markham Stouffville Hospital

On March 3, 2015, Markham Stouffville Hospital hosted Dr. Philip Hébert who presented at Ethics Grand Rounds... > Continue reading



Dr. Norman Fost talk on "The Unimportance of Death"

Organ transplantation has long relied upon the "dead donor rule", which requires that the donor be dead before organs can be removed... > Continue reading



Public Health Ethics: What is it, Why is it Important, and What's Next?

Public health ethics has emerged as a distinct area of scholarship and practice since the Joint Centre for Bioethics first opened its doors twenty years ago... > Continue reading



National Health Ethics Week Events - March 2-8, 2015

In collaboration with the Nova Scotia Heath Ethics Network (NSHEN), and participating organizations across Canada, the Canadian Bioethics Society is coordinating the 2nd annual National Health Ethics Week... > Continue reading



National Health Ethics Week at UHN

Bioethicists wear many different hats. They consult, teach and research ethical issues in health care. They help develop policy and create resources for patients, families and staff... > Continue reading



Professor Charles Bosk - Open Classroom Session at the JCB

Professor Charles Bosk will present the inaugural Balfour Lecture in Surgical Ethics... > Continue reading



OPINION: "Patient-centred" – what does it mean and how achievable is it?

"Patient-centred care" is on everyone's lips these days. But, do we all agree what it is and when it has been achieved? And does patient centredness create new ethical dilemmas for patients and providers? The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) and Healthy Debate are partnering to explore some of the practical and ethical implications of patient-centredness... > Continue reading



The JCB is 20 Years Old!

Did you know? The JCB turns 20 this year! To mark this important milestone, the JCB 20th Anniversary Planning Committee is planning a variety of activities and events to celebrate the impact and accomplishments of JCB students, graduates, faculty, members & partners... > Continue reading



Ebola Resources

Several of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) affliated ethicists and members are consulting with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other governing bodies on the ethics of the Ebola outbreak - including treatment and prevention measures, and other concerns. > Continue reading



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