New position: M. Ariel Cascio accepts a position at Central Michigan University!

We are thrilled to announce that postdoctoral fellow Dr. M. Ariel Cascio has accepted a position as Assistant Professor, Art of Medicine at Central Michigan University! Dr. Cascio’s research focuses on autism spectrum conditions, using lenses from anthropology and disability studies. 

New commentary on the practical implications of intersectionality in clinical medicine

This new commentary by Claudia Barned, Corinne Lajoie, and Eric Racine, published in the American Journal of Bioethics, stresses that clinical encounters do not occur in a vacuum, and notes institutional, embodied, and ethical aspects to consider when reflecting on the role of intersectionality in clinical medicine.

New paper on an analysis of Canadian print news media about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)

In this paper, John Aspler explore connections between news media coverage of FASD, common disability stereotypes (i.e., criminal behaviour and ‘the villain’), FASD stigma, and expectations of motherhood.

Postdoctoral or graduate fellowship

We are always looking to grow our interdisciplinary team and are currently recruiting a postdoctoral or graduate researcher for a project examining the ethics of registry-based type-1 diabetes research.

The Montreal Health Ethics Seminar Series

The Montreal Health Ethics Seminar Series is a bilingual monthly seminar/webinar series aimed at bringing people together to think about and discuss issues in health ethics. Our aim is to promote health ethics through seminars that foster dialogue between groups of participants with different perspectives (e.g., academics, clinicians, patients, community members).

New paper on physician's understanding of prognostic uncertainty

This paper investigates how physicians understand and address the ethical challenges of prognostic uncertainty in the case of neonatal HIE, contextualized within the social science literature. 

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Participant recruitment: study on mental health research ethics

Participant recruitment: study on mental health research ethics

Individuals with mental health issues are often included in lists of vulnerable populations for various reasons: some policies consider

Past event: Neuroethics, art and public inquiry

Past event: Neuroethics, art and public inquiry

On Friday October 19th, members of the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit attended an exciting neuroethics "speed-dating" event ...

Brave New Brains Conference

Brave New Brains Conference

Dr. Racine met with leading brain researchers in Melbourne this week for the Brave New Brains conference. This reunion is organized by ...


Research undertaken at the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit addresses a range of challenges in health care, research, and health policy. It relies on the use of interdisciplinary approaches that are grounded in facts, open to deliberative processes, and focused on producing practical changes that promote respect of persons and human flourishing in all its diversity.

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