Upcoming Events

The Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit hosts and delivers a variety of events including, but not limited to, seminars, workshops, conferences, and guest lectures. Please explore our upcoming events below.


Moral Distress: Evidence and New Horizons

October 29th 2018 – 12PM @ the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal (110 avenue des Pins Ouest), Auditorium Jacques-Genest 

“Moral Distress: Evidence and New Horizons” by Dr. Annie Janvier (CHU St-Justine)

Join us in person or through our YouTube channel (Pragmatic Health Ethics). 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). These seminars will appeal to audiences both within and outside of academia and healthcare settings with the goal of increasing mutual awareness about health ethics and promote interdisciplinary and community reflections on various cross-cutting health ethics topics.

Special Event

Neurodiversity, Neuroethics, Art and Public Inquiry

October 19th 2018 – 6.30 PM @ Concordia University, Room 720, EV Building (1515 St-Catherine West) – Hosted by the Concordia Convergence Initiative

“Neurodiversity, Neuroethics, Art and Public Inquiry”

An event led by Dr. Siddharth Ramakrishnan, visiting scholar at the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit (Neuroscientist and Associate Professor of Biology, Jennie M Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience at the University of Puget Sound, Washington)

With increasingly sophisticated methodologies and precise genetic approaches, neuroscience research and allied ethical questions are constantly evolving. What does neuroscience research mean in the realm of neurodiversity? What is a typical vs atypical brain?  What are the lived experiences of people with disabilities who are treated as research “subjects”?  What are the lived experiences of people with chronic illness and their idea of personhood? What are the prejudices of scientists conducting brain research and how does it affect data interpretation? Such questions are not exclusive to researchers, clinicians, and philosophers but also affect the general public. But many of these dialogues happen behind closed doors or within scientific meetings and journals. With this event, we hope to bring together scientists, artists, ethicists and other interdisciplinary thinkers to brainstorm on ideas to engage with the public and potentially develop an art exhibit to showcase the questions that emerge.

The talk will span for 20 minutes with 10 minutes of questions followed by an exciting speed dating activity. In this activity, the participants will chat one on one for 3 minutes with ethicists, artists, neuroscientists, and philosophers, all around the questions of neurodiversity, neuroethics, art, and contemporary collaborations among those disciplines.



Promoting a culture of ethical sensitivity for nursing and related health and human service disciplines

October 18th 2018 – 12-1PM @ Auditorium Jacques Genest, IRCM (110 avenue des Pins Ouest)

“Promoting a culture of ethical sensitivity for nursing and related health and human service disciplines”

A talk by Kathryn Weaver (University of New Brunswick)

Ethics addresses obligations of a profession towards people who are served. Thus, ethics has a central role in the moral behaviour of nurses and related healthcare professionals toward their patients, which strongly influences patient health improvement. As far back as 2400 years ago, Socrates debated the question “Can ethics be taught?” Socrates’ position was clear: Ethics consists of knowing what one ought to do, and such knowledge can be taught. Today, healthcare ethics is a shared concern among health and human service disciplines, and the workforce of the future, largely represented by nurses, must be prepared to face complex ethical issues. The large body of literature concerning ethics in health professional education reports what ethical issues and content ought to be included in the curricula. Absent from this literature, however, is explication of the spectrum of ethical issues that occur within healthcare education settings and that contribute to moral distress.


Special conference

Défis et enjeux pour les professionnel-le-s confronté-e-s à des demandes de suicide assisté en établissements pour personnes âgées

September 6th 2018 – 11:00 AM – 12: 30 PM @ Salle André-Barbeau, IRCM

“Défis et enjeux pour les professionnel-le-s confronté-e-s à des demandes de suicide assisté en établissements pour personnes âgées”

A talk by Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart, PhD, Haute école de travail social Fribourg (HETS-FR), Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale (HES-SO).

Special conference

Implementing Best Practices for Informed Consent: Exploring Ethical and Practical Barriers

September 17th 2018 – 11:30 PM – 12: 30 PM @ Auditorium, IRCM

“Implementing Best Practices for Informed Consent: Exploring Ethical and Practical Barriers”

Hosted by the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal

A talk by James M. DuBois, PhD, Institute for Public Health, Washington University

Seminar Series

Uncertainty, sequencing and the practice of clinical genetics

June 13th 2018 – 11:30 PM – 12: 30 PM @ Room André Barbeau, IRCM

“Uncertainty, sequencing and the practice of clinical genetics”

A talk by Adam Hedgecoe, PhD, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK