Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities

Charles Weijer


Canada Research Chair in Bioethics
Professor, 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

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.

Some recent publications

Weijer C, Grimshaw JM, Taljaard M, Binik A, Boruch R, Brehaut JC, et al.. Ethical issues posed by cluster randomized trials in health research. Trials 2011; 12: 100. [11 pages]

Weijer C, Miller PB, Graham M. The duty of care and equipoise in randomized controlled trials. In: Arras JD, Kukla R, Fenton E (eds.). Routledge Companion to Bioethics. Routledge: New York, 2015: 200–214.

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: pii: awv272. [8 pages]