Françoise Baylis

Distinguished Research Professor at Dalhousie University, Canada

– Ordinary Member of the ISC Governing Board (2021-2024)
– Member of the Standing Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science (2022-2025)
– ISC Fellow

Françoise Baylis is a Distinguished Research Professor at Dalhousie University. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2022 she was awarded the Killam Prize for the Humanities.

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 us 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.

A public intellectual for the modern age, Baylis brings her ethical sensibilities, informed by best practices, theory and common sense, to a wide range of issues.

Baylis is the author of Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing. She was a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and the WHO Working Group on Principles of the Global Guidance Framework for the Responsible Use of the Life Sciences.

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