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Françoise Baylis

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy

Research at Dalhousie Medical School , Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , Department of Philosophy

Email: francoise.baylis@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-6458
Mailing Address: 
1379 Seymour Street
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Impact ethics
  • Research involving humans
  • Embryo research and gene editing
  • Assisted Human Reproduction
  • Women's health
  • Public health


  • BA (First Class Honours), Political Science, McGill University
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Western Ontario
  • PhD, Philosophy (specialization in Bioethics), University of Western Ontario

Research interests

Professor Baylis’ research aims to move the limits of mainstream bioethics and develop more effective ways to understand and tackle public policy challenges in Canada and abroad.

Selected publications

  • Baylis, F., & Ballantyne, A. (Eds). (2016) Clinical research involving pregnant women. Springer
  • Baylis, F. (2015). A relational view of conscience and physician conscientious action. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 8(1), 18-36.
  • Baylis, F. (2015). Left out in the cold: Arguments against non-medical oocyte cryopreservation. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada 37(1), 64-67.
  • Baylis, F., & McLeod, C. (Eds.). (2014) Family-making: Contemporary ethical challenges Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Baylis, F., & Downie, J. (Guest Eds.) (2014) Transnational reproductive travel. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 7(2).
  • Baylis, F. (2013). “I am who I am”: On the perceived threats to personal identity from deep brain stimulation. Neuroethics 6, 513-526. EPub 2011 September 14

Awards and honours

  • Distinguished Academic Award, Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), 2016
  • Tier 1, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy (2004-2018)
  • Fellow Royal Society of Canada (since 2007)
  • Fellow Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (since 2007)
  • Canadian Who’s Who (since 2004)
  • Who’s Who in Black Canada (since 2002) 


Over the years, Professor Baylis has provided interdisciplinary training to scores of postdoctoral fellows in philosophy, political science, sociology, science and technology studies, law, and biology. She also teaches in the undergraduate medical education program at Dalhousie Medical School.