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:


World Health Organization (WHO) Report: "Global Health Ethics: Key Issues"

The JCB is pleased to share this new WHO report which is the first technical document of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres (WHO-CC) for Bioethics... > Continue reading



A New Educational Initiative Injects a Dose of Ethics into Surgical Morbidity and Mortality Conference

"Does this 80 year-old patient understand a Whipple operation (pancreatic cancer resection)?" "My patient does not have a genetic predisposition, but she is requesting bilateral mastectomies. What should I do?"... > Continue reading



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



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