Seminar Series: Dr. Charles Weijer

Date: Friday, October 11
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: K203 (Third floor of the Kresge Building)

“Ethical issues in placebo controlled trials in surgery”

Dr. Charles Weijer
Department of Philosophy
Department of Medicine
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Western University

Short Bio:
Charles Weijer is the leading expert on the ethics of randomized controlled trials. Publications on the duty of care in clinical research, the ethical analysis of study benefits and harms, and empowering communities in research have been broadly influential. From 2008–2013 Charles co-led a collaboration that produced the first international ethics guidelines for cluster randomized trials. From 2014–2018 he collaborated with Dr. Adrian M. Owen on a project exploring the ethics of functional neuroimaging after severe brain injury. Charles’ current work explores ethical issues in pragmatic randomized controlled trials that evaluate health interventions in real-world conditions to better inform patients, health providers and health systems managers. This project, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2017–2021), brings together a research team comprising philosophers, biostatisticians and trialists from five countries. In 2008, Charles co-founded the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, which is dedicated to fostering collaboration between the humanities and the sciences, and served as the Institute’s first director. In 2014, he received Western’s Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research, and, in 2016, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

Coffee and tea will be provided, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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