Current and Upcoming

 

Welcome New Department Head, Timothy Holland, MD

The department is delighted to welcome Timothy Holland, MD, as our new Department Head. He starts his term on 1 September, 2022. Dr. Holland is the co-founder of the Transitional Health Clinic for Refugees, Nova Scotia and has an active practice in Family Medicine. He has also recently completed his Masters degree.

 

 

Thanks to former Department Head, Christy Simpson, PhD

Dr. Simpson's two terms (plus a bit) as Department Head have seen many changes. The department has worked together as a team with her, expanding the collaborative roles with the health authorities, other departments, ethics groups, and people further afield. She has published a book with Dr. Fiona McDonald, one of the department's adjunct professors. She has balanced the loads of teaching, ethics consultations, and administration with grace and finesse. We are delighted that she's staying on as professor and consultant.

 

Congratulations, Abraham Rudnick, MD, Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychiatric Association has awarded Abraham (Rami) Rudnick the designation of Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. This distinction awards outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to their speciality.

Congratulations, Rami! This is a well-deserved honour.

 

 

Bioethics Works-in-Progress Sessions (WIPS) / Journal Club -- 2022-2023

12 September - Journal Club
17 October - cancelled
14 November - Journal Club

9 January - Tim Holland
13 February -
13 March - Francis Bakewell
17 April - Kirstin Borgerson
8 May -
12 June -

Time: noon - 1pm

Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Tamatha if you'd like to be added to the mailing list to receive updates, and the videoconference information. Thanks.

 

 

 

Patient Information posted at the Nova Scotia Health Website

We're also posting it here, to make it easier to find. They will open in separate windows.

Patient and Family Ethics Tool
https://libcat.nshealth.ca/en/list?q=patient+and+family+ethics+tool&p=1&ps=20

Informed choice
https://library.nshealth.ca/InformedChoice
 

 

 

Bioethics events elsewhere

 

 

Health Law Institute (HLI) Seminar Series

2022-2023 Academic Year

This year we are happy to announce that the series will be in a “hybrid format”, meaning both in person and online, except for the two seminars that are marked in the listing as ‘ONLINE ONLY’.

Kicking off the series on September 23rd is “Social and Structural Determinants: Where Health Really Comes From” with Gaynor Watson-Creed, Dalhousie University.

Full series details are available at www.dal.ca/hli/seminar-series

Zoom Webinar link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84824705324

PLEASE NOTE: Those attending seminar series lectures in person must comply with Dalhousie COVID-19 policies that are in place, including masking in lecture halls.

All are Welcome!

 

 

 

Recent Events, here and elsewhere

 

Bioethics Works in Progress Session (WIPS) -- 2021-2022 Academic Year

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon. Location (in-person or videoconference) is still in flux. This schedule will be updated accordingly.

Everybody is welcome.

If you'd like to be added to our mailing list to receive reminders about Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply drop an email to Tamatha with that request.

September 13, 2021 -- Journal Club
October 18 (11th is Thanksgiving) -- Journal Club
November 8, 2021 --  -- -- --

January 10, 2022 -- Journal Club
February 14, 2022 -- Marika Warren
March 14, 2022 -- Journal Club
April 11, 2022 -- CANCELLED
May 9, 2022 -- Journal Club
June 13, 2022 -- (department meeting)
July 11, 2022 -- Tim Holland

 

 

 

BEI (Bioethics Education International) Online Summer School Program

BIOETHICS, WARS AND PANDEMICS
Online Summer School Program
| July 18-23, 2022

Join us for this unique educational opportunity!

Bioethics Education International (BEI) invites worldwide students and professionals to attend the 2022 Bioethics Summer School Online "Bioethics, Wars and Pandemics," which will take place July 18-23, 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic as well as the conflicts around the world including the most recent one in Ukraine, have highlighted the importance and relevance of bioethics education in addressing some urgent issues including:

    a) wartime bioethics, military necessity & International Humanitarian Law
    b) resource allocation
    c) appropriate policy and legislation regarding public health
    d) ethical guidelines for clinical and research decision-making
    e) disparities in health and systemic racism

The program includes guest speakers, lectures and seminars, film screenings, and webinars. The program's faculty is composed of notable scholars from around the world.

This educational program provides participants to familiarize themselves with bioethical issues relevant to military conflicts and pandemics, to gain debating skills, interact with colleagues with a diverse array of cultural and educational backgrounds, and to network with experts in the field.

Bioethics Education International (BEI) offers select partial scholarships to qualifying participants from low-income countries. Graduation certificates will be awarded after completion of the program.

The deadline for partial scholarship applications is June 1, 2022.

Contact:
Ana Lita, PhD School Director at alita@bioethicseducation.org,
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Bioethics Education International (BEI)
Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI)
777 UN Plaza, Suite 3D
New York, NY 10017
www.globalbioethics.org

Please watch a promo video clip here!

 

 

Health Law Institute Seminar Series - 2021-2022

Please check out the poster for dates, speakers, and topics. It's a PDF file and will open in a separate window.

 

 

 

Bioethics Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS)
2020-2021 Academic Year

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon via MS Teams videoconference, and the link is sent out be email. If you're not on our mailing list and wold like to attend, send Tamatha an email and she'll send you the link.

Everybody is welcome.

If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, to receive reminders of Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply send an email to Tamatha with that request.

September 14, 2020 - Presenter: Journal Club
October 19, 2020 - Presenter: Journal Club
November 9, 2020 - Presenter: Journal Club

January 11, 2021 - Presenter: Tim Holland
February 8, 2021 - Presenter: Ben Capps
March 8, 2021 - Presenter: Journal Club
April 12, 2021 - Presenter: Journal Club
May 10, 2021 - Presenter: cancelled
June 14, 2021 - Presenter: --
July 12, 2021 - Presenters: Lisbeth Witthoefft Nielsen and Jeff Kirby
 

Thanks to Jeff Kirby, who has facilitated the Journal Club sessions for the past several years. And welcome to Lisbeth Witthofft Nielsen who has agreed to take over that task.

Global Bioethics Online Program

June 21-26, 2021
Click here to go to website (will open in a new window).

Dear Friends/Colleagues,

Please do take several minutes from your very busy schedule and forward the call for applications below. Graduate certificates are available.

Global Bioethics Initiative has been associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) since December 2014. DPI aims at facilitating the exchange of information and the development of partnerships within the United Nations as well as with nonprofit organizations around the world.

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations nominated Global Bioethics Initiative for Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nation’s central platform for debate, reflection, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. GBI is one of only a few organizations to receive such a status. In this capacity, GBI will be able to offer policy recommendations directly to those who craft and initiate legislation and participate in intergovernmental meetings of the United Nations.

Gratefully,
Ana Lita PhD

GLOBAL BIOETHICS, HUMAN RIGHTS & PUBLIC POLICY

Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) invites students and professionals worldwide to attend the International Bioethics Summer School Online, June 21-26 2021.

The program includes a series of lectures and seminars, film screenings, webinars and guest speakers. The faculty is comprised of notable scholars who lecture and conduct seminars on various topics including Covid-19 vaccines, drug development, end-of-life and palliative care, research ethics, reproductive and sexual rights, as well as bioethics and pandemics.

The annual summer school attracts participants from a diverse array of cultural and educational backgrounds. The program provides participants with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of global bioethics, gain debating skills, interact with colleagues from around the world and network with experts in the field.

GBI is offering select partial scholarships (deadline extended) to qualifying participants from low-income countries, as well as graduation certificates. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2021.

If you are interested in applying, click here for eligibility.
 

 

 

Health Law and Policy Seminar Series

The Dalhousie Health Law Institute hosts an extremely popular series of seminars that are open to the public and attracts a broad audience from across the university, government, and health care communities. Invited scholars and practitioners share their knowledge and reflections on the latest health law and policy issues.

Our complete 2020-21 series schedule is attached. All Welcome!

www.dal.ca/hli/seminar-series
 

Welcoming Lori Lawson

We're happy to welcome Lori Lawson to Dalhousie University and the Department of Bioethics as our Administrator, while Cheryl's with CIHR. Lori comes to us from a law firm in Toronto. She is also the new Administrator for the Department of Pharmacology.

Welcome aboard, Lori! We're happy to have you with us.

 

 

 

Bioethics Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS)
2019-2020 Academic Year

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon in room G-36.
Everybody is welcome.
If you'd like to attend by videoconference, please advise Tamatha at least one week in advance, so she can make the arrangements.
Also, if you'd like to be added to our mailing list, to receive reminders of Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply send an email to Tamatha with that request.

September 9, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club (cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian)
October 7, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club
November 18, 2019 - Presenter: Lynette Reid

January 13, 2020 - Presenter:
February 10, 2020 - Presenter:
March 10, 2020 - in B-A3 - Presenter: Marika Warren
April 13, 2020 - Presenter: cancelled
May 11, 2020 - Presenter: Lynette Reid
June 8, 2020 - Presenter: Jeff Kirby
July 13, 2020 - Journal Club
August 10, 2020 - Presenter: Sharon Batt (via videoconference)

 

Welcoming Amanda Porter, PhD - Our newest faculty member

On behalf of the Department of Bioethics, we are very pleased to welcome our newest faculty member Amanda Porter as Assistant Professor and Health Care Ethicist. Amanda joins our Ethics Collaborations Team in providing ethics support for the IWK Health Centre, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network; and also will be involved in teaching a variety of learners in medicine and other health professions. She has a PhD in philosophy and worked as an Ethicist with Alberta Health Services for 4 years. Most recently, Amanda worked with the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists as a Policy Analyst. Learn more about Amanda here.

 

 

Congratulations to Tim Holland, the new President of Doctors Nova Scotia

Congratulations and best wishes to our very own Tim Holland in his new role as President of Doctors Nova Scotia. Tim has a refugee practice in Halifax, a family practice in Indian Brook, and is an emergency doctor in Colchester. Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and cross-appointed to Bioethics, you can read more about him on his faculty profile page.

He has taken "the helm of the physicians group as Nova Scotia deals with a number of health-care issues, from a doctor shortage to low morale among doctors." (from Jennifer Ludlow's CBC article, linked below)

Read Jennifer Ludlow's CBC piece about his focus on tackling the physician shortage in Nova Scotia. [opens in a new window]

 

 

Bioethics Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS)
2018-2019 Academic Year

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon in room G-36.
Everybody is welcome.
If you'd like to attend by videoconference, please advise Tamatha at least one week in advance, so she can make the arrangements.
Also, if you'd like to be added to our mailing list, to receive reminders of Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply send an email to Tamatha with that request.


October 15, 2018 - in Tupper 2L3 - Presenter: Jeff Kirby
November 19, 2018 - Presenter: Journal Club

January 14, 2019 - Presenter: Marika Warren
February 11, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club
March 11, 2019 - Presenter: Ben Capps
April 8, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club
May 13, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club
June 10, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club (Amanda Porter's presentation has been postponed)

July 22, 2019 - Presenter: Journal Club