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 Releases Medical Assistance in Dying Draft Policy Template as a Resource for Ontario Health Institutions

On June 6, 2016, the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) released the Medical Assistance in Dying Draft Policy Template created by the JCB Task Force on Implementing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)... > Continue reading



Lauren Notini on Her First Year as a Fellow in Clincial and Organizational Bioethics

Since beginning the Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Bioethics with the JCB in October 2015, I have worked on numerous ethics-related projects and activities, and have had many rewarding experiences... > Continue reading



High Stakes Surgical Decisions and Unwanted Care: The Balfour Lecture in Surgical Ethics

University of Wisconsin vascular surgeon, Gretchen Schwarze, presented an excellent example of empirical ethics on April 6, 2016 at the 2nd Annual Balfour Lecture in Surgical Ethics... > Continue reading



JCB Visiting Scholar Profile: Angel Petropanagos

Angel Petropanagos is currently visiting the JCB. She will be with us from April-June 2016, so please help us give her a warm welcome! > Continue reading



Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada - Ethics Resources

In April 2015, the JCB commissioned a Task Force on Physician-Assisted Death (PAD) to anticipate and respond to ethical issues related to the implementation of PAD in Canada. > Continue reading



CBS 27th Annual Conference - Achieving Better Health: The Role of Bioethics Education, Engagement and Exploration

The 27th Annual Conference and Meeting of the Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS) is fast approaching. As Co-Chairs of this year's conference, we hope you will be able to join us at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto from May 25th to May 28th. > Continue reading



JCB Visiting Scholar Profile: Solomon Benatar

Solly Benatar will be a visiting scholar at the JCB again, and he will be with us from April-July 2016. We look forward to welcoming him back! > Continue reading



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



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