Dr. Charles Weijer, CmdSc, MsC, PhD – Bioethics, Research Ethics

Charles Weijer is a professor of medicine, epidemiology & biostatistics, and philosophy at Western University in London, Canada. Charles is an internationally recognized expert in research ethics. His 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 to 2013 Charles co-led a collaboration that produced the first international ethics guidelines for cluster randomized trials. From 2014 to 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 the ethics of research involving imminently dying patients, and ethical issues in organ donation, including the use of normothermic regional perfusion. He held the Canada Research Chair in Bioethics from 2005 to 2019. In 2014, Charles received Western’s Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research, and, in 2016, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada.