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Claudia I. Emerson

Dr. Claudia Emerson is the founding Director of the Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation at McMaster University, Canada, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Associate Member in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. 

Her work in applied ethics considers ethics issues and policy gaps in global health research, and she has been working with stakeholders in the field for over fifteen years examining issues that arise along the discovery-to-delivery pathway for health technologies and interventions.  She is especially interested in ethics issues related to the introduction and adoption of novel technologies, the management of infectious disease, and data sharing and models of data governance. She is currently the Principal Investigator of research programs funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) that consider these issues. 

Dr. Emerson serves in several advisory capacities related to public health and innovation, and most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic response. She frequently advises the World Health Organization (WHO) and is currently a member of the Working Group developing the Global Guidance Framework to Harness the Responsible Use of the Life Sciences; recently she was engaged in developing WHO’s guidance on human challenge studies for COVID-19 (2020) and was a member of the Core Working Group that developed the Guidance Framework for Testing Genetically Modified Mosquitoes (2nd Edition, 2021).  She serves on the ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications) Panel for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Programs that address evolving pathogenic and viral threats: PREEMPT (Preventing Emerging Pathogenic Threats) and INTERCEPT (Interfering and Co-evolving Prevention and Therapy). In 2018 she was appointed a member of the Malaria Strategic Advisory Panel of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Dr. Emerson holds an Hons. BSc in Biochemistry (Guelph), and MA and PhD in Philosophy (McMaster). 





My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, November 24
 

10:30am EST