Charles Weijer: Canadian Research Chair in Bioethics
Professor, Department of Philosophy, Medicine (joint)
Stevenson Hall, Western University
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Research Area: Bioethics Philosophy of Medical Science Clinical Trials
Biography: Charles Weijer is a philosopher and physician. His academic interests center on the ethics of medical research. Charles has written about using placebos in clinical trials, weighing the benefits and harms of medical research, and protecting communities in research. Charles’ most recent work talks about a special kind of clinical trial in which groups of people— rather than individual patients—are randomized to one treatment or another. He is one of the co-founders of the Rotman Institute and he has worked with a number of organizations around the world, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the U.S. National Academies Institute of Medicine. Charles’ work is motivated by the belief that medical research raises profound philosophical questions about the nature of our obligations to one another, particularly in relationships of inequality, such as that between researcher and research subject.
Led by Charles Weijer of Western’s Rotman Institute of Philosophy, in association with Jeremy Grimshaw and Monica Taljaard of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, an international team of researchers has issued world-first ethics guidelines governing cluster randomized trials (CRTs). Read More