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 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



Detaining Ebola - U of T professor and WHO panel member Ross Upshur on the ethics of quarantine

To quarantine or not to quarantine? That is the question that has surrounded nurse Kaci Hickox since she returned to the United States from Sierra Leone where she treated Ebola patients. > Continue reading



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