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Vardit Ravitsky, PhD, BA, MA
Associate Professor, Bioethics Programs
School of Public Health, University of Montreal
Director of Ethics and Health, Branch of the CRE
Research Description
Ravitsky is an elected Board member and Treasurer of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB). She is a member of CIHR's Institute Advisory Board on Research Excellence, Policy and Ethics. Previously, she was a Board Member and Ethics Designate of CIHR's Institute of Genetics (IG) and Co-Charired this Institute's "GE3LS and Health Services and Policy Research Priority and Planning Committee" (GE3LS stands for Genomics research and its Ethical, Economic, Environmental, Legal, and Social aspects). Ravitsky is a member of the University of Montreal's Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM(, of the Quebec Reproduction Network (RQR), and of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS). Previously, she was faculty at the Department of Medical Ethics, School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania. She was also a Senior Policy Advisor at CIHR's Ethics Office and a GE3LS consultant to Genome Canada.
Prof. Ravitsky's research focuses on reproductive ethics and the ethics of genetic and genomics research. Her research interests in bioethics also include research ethics, health policy and cultural perspectives. She is particularly interested in the various ways in which cultural frameworks shape public debate and public policy in the area of bioethics. Her research projects are funded by CIHR, FRQSC, SSHRC, and Genome Canada. She published over 100 articles, book chapters and commentaries on bioethical issues, and is lead-editor of "The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics".


Meredith Vanstone, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Dr. Vanstone studies the ethical implications of policies governing health professional education and practice through affiliation with McMaster's program for Education Research, Innovation & Theory and the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis.