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2021-03-09
CONFERENCE ON ORGAN DONATION & TRANSPLANTATION – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for Key Policy Issues in Organ Donation & Transplantation, an online conference coming June 17–18. Spanning 10 panels over two days with speakers from medicine, law, policy, ethics, and patient partners. We hope to see you there!

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2021-04-21
FULBRIGHT VISITING RESEARCHER FROM THE U.S. 2022

We are looking for an outstanding scholar to join CHLPE for four months in 2022 or 2023. The Chairholder will join our vibrant community of scholars, with the opportunity to interact with faculty and graduate students from law, social sciences, medicine, health sciences, management, and the arts. Our location in Ottawa enables the Chairholder to address issues of national and international significance and to network with leading policy-makers and jurists. Remuneration 25k USD + benefits. Deadline: 15 Sept 2021.

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2021-04-09
HIRING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS FOR ORGAN DONATION/TRANSPLANTATION CONFERENCE

CHLPE is looking for two student research assistants with excellent legal research, writing and interpersonal skills to assist us with our annual conference, which will take place on June 17-18, 2021 (via zoom). This conference will involve nine panels on cutting edge topics in the law, ethics and policy of the Canadian organ donation and transplantation system.

Student responsibilities:

  • Attend the conference
  • Take detailed notes of the presentations and Q&A discussions at five of the panels
  • Prepare five “fast fact” documents (examples can be viewed here: https://cdtrp.ca/en/publications/fast-facts/).  These documents summarize and educate the public about the ethico-legal issues covered in the panels.

DEADLINE: April 30

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2021-03-11
TWO $15K LL.M. BURSARIES IN BIOMEDICAL LAW

Professor Jennifer Chandler is looking for two excellent researchers interested in doing their Masters in Law under her supervision at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. A research bursary of $15,000 is available for one student to participate in each of:

  • Legal Definition of Death in an Age of Techno-Scientific Change
  • Presumed Consent (Opt-Out) Systems for Organ Donation

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2021-03-11
MANDATORY CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION PROGRAMS: A ROLE FOR RELIGIOUS AND CONSCIENCE BELIEF EXEMPTIONS?

Mariette Brennan along with CHLPE members Kumanan Wilson and Vanessa Gruben are authors of this new paper, available freely on SSRN. Childhood immunization programs are vital for public health. This paper analyzes the constitutionality of religious and conscience belief exemptions in vaccination programs in terms of both routine childhood immunizations and in the case of a COVID-19 vaccine. The paper proposes ways to restructure religious and conscience belief exemptions and provides guidance on how to move childhood immunization programs forward in the COVID-19 era.

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2021-03-11
WHY SCHEDULING AND TRACKING ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE COVID VACCINE ROLLOUT

Dr. Kumanan Wilson appeared on the Hill Times Hot Room podcast to discuss how the technologies used to schedule and track the rollout are essential to ensuring that the largest healthcare intervention in human history runs smoothly.

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2021-03-11
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP MORE SUSTAINABLE HEALTH WORKFORCES

This commentary addresses the critically important role of health workers in their countries’ more immediate responses to COVID-19 outbreaks, and provides policy recommendations for more sustainable health workforces. Paradoxically, pandemic response plans in country after country often fail to explicitly address health workforce requirements and considerations...

Professor Ivy Bourgeault is first author on this new open-access publication in Human Resources for Health.

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2021-03-11
CANADA'S HEALTH WORKFORCE DIGITAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE

Health workers are the foundation of all health systems. They account for more than 10% of all employed Canadians and over 2/3 of all health care spending, not including the personal and public cost to their training. That amounts to $175 billion in 2019, or nearly 8% of Canada’s GDP. Nonetheless, health workforce research secures less than 3% of health services and policy research funds, and investments in necessary data infrastructure from governments have not materialized. Canada lags behind comparable OECD countries including the U.K., Australia and the U.S. in terms of health workforce data and digital analytics. The gaps in our knowledge about the health workforce have especially been exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The consequences of poor health workforce data and science range from sub-optimal health workforce utilization to poor population health outcomes...

Professor Ivy Bourgeault writes in this white paper submitted to the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization.
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See also a related op-ed by Professor Bourgeault in the Hill Times.
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2021-03-11
UNEXPECTED LESSONS FROM COVID-19: A U.K. DOCTOR'S PERSPECTIVE

Heidi Paine was a resident physician in one of the hardest hit hospitals in London, England during the early days of the COVID pandemic. She is currently a visiting researcher at CHLPE, where she brings her experiences to bear in thinking about the many facets of COVID's impact on the healthcare system. Read her blog post here...

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2021-03-11
CANADA’S LONG ROAD TO A VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION PROGRAM

Work is underway on a new pan-Canadian no-fault vaccine injury compensation program, but it may be months before the scheme is operational. Dr. Kumanan Wilson appears in CMAJ News.

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2021-03-11
"IT’S A MINEFIELD": HOW PUBLIC TRUST IN CANADA'S TOP DOCTORS IS UNDERMINED BY POLITICS AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

From a federal level with Dr. Theresa Tam, to Ontario’s Dr. David Williams and Alberta’s Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Canada's top doctors have been in the spotlight since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020. We've seen in the past year how it's been increasingly difficult for chief medical officers of health (CMOHs) to generate public trust in a government's COVID-19 response while maintaining their own professional integrity amid a health crisis. Professor Patrick Fafard (Public and International Affairs) contributes.

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2021-03-04
AND HEALTHCARE: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ISSUES

Artificial intelligence (AI) will transform and democratize health care systems. Yet at the same time it presents clear risks and implementation issues, such as those connected to discrimination, informed consent, safety/quality (and liability for harm), and privacy. This report from a group of experts across AI, law, ethics, policy, and medicine, addresses the core question: How can Canada maximize the potential benefits of the use of AI in health care while minimizing potential dangers?

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2021-02-16
ANNUAL REPORT 2019–20

CHLPE is excited to release our annual report for 2019–20! Find out what we've been up to in this black swan of a year.

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2021-01-28
MAJOR NEW PUBLICATION IN NEJM ON SPONTANEOUS RESUMPTION OF CARDIAC ACTIVITY

Bertram Loeb Research Chair and CHLPE member Jennifer Chandler was part of the international multi-disciplinary team conducting this study under the leadership of Dr. Sonny Dhanani, CHEO. Professor Chandler contributed ethical, legal and social scientific expertise to the project. This work is key to the practice of organ donation after cardiac death, where speculation about the possibility of auto-resuscitation (spontaneous resumption of heartbeat) has led to ethical and legal questions about how long to wait following cardiac arrest before removal of organs for transplantation. Professor Chandler is presently involved in a follow-on study examining neurological activity during the dying process.

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2021-01-25
CANADA NEEDS A NATIONAL DATABASE TO TRACK COVID-19 VACCINATION

With the first Canadians getting the COVID-19 vaccine this week, the importance of effectively monitoring the rollout of vaccinations is coming to the fore. The government response nicely recognizes the lead role of the provinces in setting priorities for vaccination. This cooperative federalism is wonderful—when it works. However, for anyone with experience in software, databases and statistical analysis, the vaccination monitoring described sounds like a dog’s breakfast. That’s not good enough when lives are on the line. CHLPE's Michael Wolfson (former Assistant Chief Statistician at Statistics Canada) writes in the Globe and Mail.

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Also hear Dr. Wolfson in a radio interview:

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2021-01-25
MANDATORY VACCINATION FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS: AN ANALYSIS OF LAW AND POLICY

Making vaccination of healthcare workers mandatory would guard against depletion of the healthcare workforce, and may reduce rates of workers transmitting COVID-19 to their patients. However, such policies have historically been challenged under labour law, and in theory might be challenged under human rights law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Colleen M. Flood, Bryan Thomas, and Kumanan Wilson write in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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2021-01-25
PLEASE SHOW YOUR VACCINE CERTIFICATE

Vaccination certificates will likely be required in a variety of settings. Policy makers must have clear rules for their design and implementation. Colleen M. Flood, Vivek Krishnamurthy, and Kumanan Wilson write in Policy Options.

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2021-01-25
WHAT DOES OUR FUTURE AFTER THE PANDEMIC LOOK LIKE?

In the weeks and months ahead, politicians, public policy experts, academics, businesses, non-profit organizations and the general public will have important choices to make in rebuilding our lives, our societies and the international order. Vanessa MacDonnell, Sophie Thériault, and Sridhar Venkatapuram write in La Presse.

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2021-01-25
WHEN ARE YOU ACTUALLY ALLOWED TO TRAVEL AND HOW WILL THE GOVERNMENT CHECK?

Everyone knows international trips during the COVID-19 pandemic are highly discouraged. But what are Canadians legally allowed—and not allowed—to do when it comes to travelling abroad? The answer is more complicated than you might think. CHLPE's Martha Jackman (Law) contributes (Global News).

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2021-01-25
THE DANGERS OF PLAYING POLITICS WITH COVID-19 CURES

As treatments for COVID-19 are sought, there also needs to be a stronger stance against promoting unproven medicines. Faculty of Law Ph.D. Candidate Adam Houston writes in African Arguments.

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2021-01-25
PETER LIU NAMED TO ORDER OF ONTARIO

CHLPE Advisory Committee member Dr. Peter Liu has been appointed to the 2020 Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour. Dr. Liu is credited for having raised the international profile of Canadian cardiovascular research through his leadership at top national institutions. Congratulation Dr. Liu!

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2021-01-25
THE STRANGE THING THAT IS THE REVIEW BOARD

Guillaume Ouellet and Emmanuelle Bernheim write in response to recent columns by Patrick Lagacé on the follow-up of persons found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder.

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2020-11-30
HYBRID MINDS: EXPERIENTIAL, ETHICAL AND LEGAL INVESTIGATION OF INTELLIGENT NEUROPROSTHESES

In November, CHLPE's Professor Jennifer Chandler (Law) and colleagues were awarded a major three-year grant from the European Research Area Networks (ERA-NET) for a multinational and multidisciplinary research project. The grant, worth CAD$1.26 million, is funded by Canadian, German and Swiss national funders, and will support research by a team representing neurosurgery, neuroengineering, rehabilitation engineering, philosophy, and patient policy and advocacy. The project will address intelligent neuroprostheses, which represent the next phase in the evolution of devices integrated with the brain.

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2020-11-30
FIRST, DO LESS HARM CONFERENCE ON HARM REDUCTION VIDEOS

On November 12 and 13 the Ottawa Hub for Harm Reduction and CHLPE hosted First, Do Less Harm, a two-day online conference on the law, policy, and ethics of harm reduction in areas including opioids, cannabis, tobacco, and others. Speakers were drawn both from universities and medical and front line harm reduction organizations. A special thanks to Professor Vanessa Gruben (Law), Director of the Hub! Videos of all panels are currently available at www.ottawahealthlaw.ca/pastevents.

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