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Innovation in medicine offers tremendous hope. But it requires similar innovation in governance—in law, policy, and ethics—for society to fully realize the fruits and avoid the pitfalls. For example, how can we incorporate tomorrow's AI technology into healthcare while avoiding accidental bias and discrimination? Can we apply insights from neuroscience to improve our criminal justice system for cases where mental illness is a factor? And as long as the list of tomorrow's challenges is, there are as many gaps and shortfalls in what we already have: Many Canadians die waiting for organ transplants each year yet most people are not registered donors. Pathogens will inevitably out-evolve our current antibiotics and we aren't developing new ones fast enough. The list goes on...


Challenges like these have in common that they can't be solved by doctors, scientists, engineers, or policy makers alone. In response, the University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics (CHLPE) aims to bridge gaps, fostering the close collaboration of different kinds of researchers and practitioners. We also facilitate interdisciplinary training at the graduate level. And we move the new ideas and evidence that comes from research into the hands of policy makers, practitioners, and the public—through our many events, blogs, sessions with government, and testimony in Parliament and the Senate. Based in Canada's capital, we are the largest Centre of our kind in the country, and one of the largest in the world.

Meet our Directors

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Colleen Flood is a Professor and University Research Chair in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, and inaugural Director of CHLPE. She has served as Interim Vice President Research for the University of Ottawa. From 2000–2015 she was a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto and Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health. Colleen’s research focuses on comparative healthcare policy, public/private funding of healthcare systems, constitutional rights to healthcare, accountability and governance issues, and the impact and regulation of AI and other technologies in healthcare. In 2020–21 Colleen will be on sabbatical and Jennifer Chandler will be standing in as Director of CHLPE.

Colleen M. Flood

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Jennifer Chandler

Interim Director

Jennifer Chandler est directrice intérimaire du CDPÉS pour 2020-21. Jennifer fait des recherches sur les intersections entre la neuroscience/psychiatrie et le droit. Elle est un membre élu du conseil d'administration de la Société internationale de neuroéthique et siège à de nombreux comités externes comme le Conseil consultatif institutionnel des IRSC pour les neurosciences - Dépendances en santé mentale. Elle dirige le groupe international de recherche et de politique Neuroethics Panamericana. Elle est également titulaire de la chaire Bertram Loeb sur le don et la transplantation d'organes, et dirige plusieurs équipes de recherche sur la confiance dans le système de DTO, la prise de décision familiale en fin de vie, et le droit et l'éthique des politiques de soutien au don. Elle préside le comité d'éthique de la Société canadienne de transplantation.

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Pascal Thibeault is Associate Director of CHLPE. He is an expert in health and technology law. Before joining us, he held positions in Toronto as in-house counsel at Medtronic, one of the worldwide leaders in medical technology, and at Cision. Pascal studied Law at Laval University, Harvard University, and the University of Toronto. During his studies Pascal was a CIHR Fellow in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy, and was a Summer Fellow at Yale University. His research focused on using behavioural economics to improve health outcomes.

Pascal Thibeault

Associate Director
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Giles Holland is responsible for operations at CHLPE, including web development, graphic design, communications content, budgeting and reporting, events and conferences, videography, and other administrative operations. Giles also contributes to grant writing and funding development. Giles has a background in physical sciences and neuroscience and in addition to his work at CHLPE he is active in software development in vision science. Many winters ago, Giles was a highschool science teacher.

Giles Holland

Operations Officer / Web Developer

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