Charles Weijer


Professor - Canada Research Chair in Bioethics
Joint Appointment with Department of Medicine
Cross Appointment with Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Member, Rotman Institute of Philosophy

Bioethics, Research Ethics
BMdSc, MD Alberta; BA (Hons) MSc, PhD McGill

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 80090
Office: Stevenson Hall 2150B
Website: Rotman Institue of Philosophy

I am a bioethicist who specializes in research ethics. I have written about the use of placebos in clinical trials, weighing study benefits and harms, and protecting and empowering communities in research. One recent project explores the ethical challenges of cluster randomized trials, in which groups of people—rather than individual patients—are randomized to one intervention or another. I am currently collaborating with Adrian M. Owen in Western’s Brain and Mind Institute on the ethics of functional neuroimaging after severe brain injury.

I am happy to supervise or advise students whose work is in bioethics.

Recent Publications

Weijer C, Bruni T, Gofton T, Young GB, Norton L, Peterson A, Owen AM. Ethical considerations in functional magnetic resonance imaging research in acutely comatose patients. Brain 2015: in press.

Nicholls SG, Hayes TP, Brehaut JC, McDonald M, Weijer C, Saginur R, Fergusson D. A scoping review of empirical research relating to quality and effectiveness of research ethics review. PLoS One 2015; 10(7): e0133639.

Bruni T, Weijer C. A misunderstanding concerning futility. American Journal of Bioethics 2015; 15(7): 59–60.

Weijer C, Skelton A, Brennan S. Bioethics in Canada. Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2013.