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:


JCB Task Force Outlines Key Considerations for Addressing Interim Requests for Physician-Assisted Dying in Canada

The JCB Physician-Assisted Death Implementation Task Force has created a checklist for healthcare organizations of key considerations that address interim requests for a PAD exemption... > Continue reading



JCB Working Group Explores the Ethical Dimensions Related to Implementing Physician-Assisted Death

On Wednesday, the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) released the discussion paper An Ethics-based Analysis and Recommendations for Implementing Physician-Assisted Dying in Canada... > Continue reading



MHSc in Bioethics Program - Information Session on February 17, 2016

Jennifer Gibson, JCB Director, is hosting a final online information session on February 17th for the the Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Bioethics Program. This session is for those interested in attending classes beginning in September 2016. The deadline for applications is March 1st... > Continue reading



JCB Visiting Scholar Profile: Noriko Nagao

Noriko Nagao is currently visiting the JCB from Japan. She will be with us from January-March 2016, so please stop by and say hello! > Continue reading



JCB 20th Anniversary Celebration: Distinguished Service to the JCB and Outstanding Alumni of the JCB Award Winners

During the JCB's 20th Anniversary Celebration, we were very pleased to present two new awards that had been created specifically for the event... > Continue reading



U of T Experts Offer Recommendations on Physician-Assisted Dying; JCB Task Force Releases Report on Physician Assisted Death in Canada

This week, two reports were published on physician-assisted dying, both of which emphasize a collaborative, equitable approach that is part of a continuum of end of life care options... > Continue reading



Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group Completes Report On Physician-Assisted Dying

Jennifer Gibson, Director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, was the co-chair for the expert advisory group on physician-assisted dying... > Continue reading



Frederick Lowy, Founder, Talks about the Origins of the Joint Centre for Bioethics

The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is on the verge of celebrating its 20th Anniversary (on Wednesday, December 2nd), so we looked back and talked to Frederick Lowy, one of the original founders, on where the JCB's origins lie... > Continue reading



A Tribute to Dr. Christine Harrison

In this issue, we pay tribute to Dr. Christine Harrison. Christine was a leading member of the JCB from its beginning in 1995, a dear colleague, mentor and friend to many in the JCB community, who left us far too soon in June of this year... > Continue reading



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