Basic Sciences Symposium: Session II


Ethical Challenges of Human Germline Genome Editing

Monday, May 21
8:10 AM - 8:35 AM
Location: MCC SOUTH, 208

Francoise Baylis

Dalhousie University

Dr. Françoise Baylis, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University, is a leading scholar in the field of Bioethics. She has made many and varied contributions across a range of topic areas including: women’s health, reproductive and genetic technologies, research involving humans and feminist ethics. Her current research is on the body economy (payment for body tissues) and human genome editing. She was a member of the 12-person Organizing Committee for the December 2015 International Summit on Human Gene Editing. She was an external reviewer for the Institute of Medicine 2016 report Mitochondrial replacement techniques. This year, 2018, she was an external reviewer for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ draft report Genome editing in human reproduction: ethical and social issues. Through her innovative work, her significant research achievements, her scholarly writing, and her contributions to the development of public policy, she has helped to raise and address critical questions in moderm health and science policy.

Baylis is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2016, she was awarded the Distinguished Academic Award of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, and in 2017 she was awarded the Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award.


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