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Bartha Maria Knoppers

Bartha Maria Knoppers

Director, Centre of Genomics and Policy
Bartha Maria Knoppers, PhD (Comparative Medical Law), is a Full Professor, Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine and Founding Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University. She led the Policy Committee of the Canadian Stem Cell Network (2005-2018), and chaired the Ethics Working Party of the International Stem Cell Forum (2005-2015). Additionally, she was the founder of the Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G) and CARTaGENE Quebec's population biobank (2007-2019). She was the Chair of the Ethics and Governance Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (2009-2017), and the Co-Chair of the Regulatory and Ethics Workstream of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH Co-Founder) (2013-2019). In 2015-2016, she worked on the Recommendation of the OECD Council on Health Data Governance and gave the Galton Lecture (U.K.) in November 2017. She served on the International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing in 2020, and currently co-chairs the Ethics Working Group of the Human Cell Atlas. Prof. Knoppers holds four Doctorates Honoris Causa: Doctor of Laws, University of Waterloo (2001); Doctor of Medicine, University of Paris – René Descartes, France (2002); Doctor of Laws, McMaster University (2007); and Doctor of Laws, University of Alberta (2008). She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Hastings Center (bioethics), the Canadian Academy Health Sciences (CAHS), and the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). She is also an Officer of the Order of Canada, and of the Province of Quebec, and was awarded the 2019 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research (2019), the Till and McCulloch Award for science policy (2020) and the Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Bioethics Society (2021).