Conference Series 2023

2023 Theme: Participatory, inclusive, and eco-social health: how to innovate and build bridges between democracy, environment and our health care systems?


SEPTEMBER 14, 2023 at 12 PM. Vers la justice épistémique dans la recherche avec les personnes autistes , Amandine Catala, PhD, UQAM (HYBRID MODE)

Understanding rare disease experiences through the concept of morally problematic situations

This study advances understanding of the moral experiences of adults living with rare diseases while proposing a comprehensive conceptual tool to guide future empirical bioethics research on moral experiences.

** New publication! 📖

Drug legalization, democracy, and public health: Canadian stakeholders’ opinions and values with respect to the legalization of cannabis

We elaborate on and discuss how scientific evidence about drug use impact values relates and how can different arguments play in democratic debates about legalization.

** New publication! 📖

Brainstorm Newsletter

An interdisciplinary and bilingual newsletter about advances in health ethics theory and practice.


The impact of socially assistive robots on human flourishing in the context of dementia: A scoping review

We submit that participatory methods to evaluate the impact of socially assistive robots on human flourishing could open research to other values at stake, particularly those prioritized by people with dementia which we have less evidence about.

** New publication! 📖

We recruit!

We are seeking a technical research assistant to join us on a part-time basis. Areas of research: social sciences, bioethics, health sciences

Pragmatism strives to develop practical approaches that promote human values and human flourishing using state-of-the-art methods from different disciplines.

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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.