Françoise Baylis

Ordinary Member of the Governing Board 2021 – 2024

Nationality: Canadian, British
Country of residence: Canada
Discipline: Bioethics, philosophy
Born in: 1961


Academic background

Françoise Baylis is University Research Professor at Dalhousie University. Prior to this, she was the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy for 14 years.

She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2017, she was awarded the Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2020, she earned the PROSE Award in Clinical Medicine for her book Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing. She was also awarded the McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Memorial Lectureship and Award for Excellence in Law and Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine. She is a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing.

Baylis is a philosopher whose innovative work in bioethics, at the intersection of policy and practice, has stretched the boundaries of the field. Her work challenges readers to think broadly and deeply about the direction of health, science and biotechnology. It aims to move the limits of mainstream bioethics and develop more effective ways to understand and tackle public policy challenges in Canada and abroad.


Past and current positions

Dalhousie University 1996-present

  • University Research Professor, 2018-2022
  • Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy, Faculty of Medicine, 2004-2018
  • Professor, Department of Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, 2002-2004
  • Acting Department Head, Department of Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, 2000-2001
  • Associate Professor, Department of Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, 1999-2002
  • Associate Professor, Office of Bioethics Education and Research, Faculty of Medicine, 1996-1999

Arizona State University 2010-2019: Adjunct Professor, Centre for Biology and Society

Université de Montréal 2014-2019: Collaboratrice hors-Québec du Centre de Recherche en Ehique

University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1993-1996: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto 1991-1993

  • Bioethicist, Department of Bioethics
  • Lecturer, Departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Rehabilitation Medicine

Westminster Institute for Ethics and Human Values, London, Ontario 1989-1990: Research Associate

Visiting Fellowships

  • Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics, University of Oregon, 2020-2021
  • Visiting Researcher, Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2015
  • Visiting Scholar, Bioethics Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2011
  • Visiting Professor, Centre for Biomedicine and Society, School of Social Science & Public Policy, King’s College London, 2009-2012
  • Visiting Researcher, Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland, July 2008
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre de Recherche en Ethique de l’Université de Montréal , 2003-2004

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