Vanessa Chenel, MA, PhD, is a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal. She works on the AT-SELECT projet (for Assistive Technology Self-Selection) called “Understanding the issues around adoption of e-decision support for self-selection of assistive technology by elders”. She helps in consulting on the social, ethical and cultural issues surrounding the adoption of this e-decision support to the Canadian context. In 2015, she obtained a PhD in Clinical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke. During her doctoral research project, she examined the influence of researchers’ social and disciplinary culture on the perception of impacts and acceptability of various synthetic nanodevices used in medicine. Vanessa also obtained a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Sherbrooke in 2008 and a master’s degree in Philosophy-Applied Ethics at the Université de Sherbrooke. In March 2011, she completed a thesis analysing the principle of substantial equivalence as a guiding concept for safety assessment of GM products. She is also a member expert in ethics at the Health Research Ethics Board of the Clinical Research Center Étienne-Le Bel (CRCELB) of the University of Sherbrooke Hospital. Competing interests: none to declare
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Hazar Haidar, MSc, has a Masters in genetics and health and is currently a doctoral student in Bioethics at the University of Montreal. Her thesis project focuses on the ethical, social and legal issues raised by the introduction of Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests (NIPT) in two different cultural contexts: Lebanon and Quebec. Hazar is a research assistant for the project “PErsonalized Genomics for prenatal Aneuploidy Screening USing maternal blood” (PEGASUS) and works on various issues raised by the introduction of NIPT. This project has as an objective to provide information about the social and legal acceptability of NIPT that will be relevant for policy decisions on the inclusion of the test in the Canadian health care system. Competing interests: none declared
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Vincent Couture, MA, is a PhD student in the Clinical Sciences Program, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke. His research interests focus on cross-border reproductive care, gamete transaction and reprogenetics. He works for the transdisciplinary research programme on the social, ethical, medical and legal aspects of reprogenetics (Fonds de recherche du Québec–Santé, Health and Society Program) with Professors Chantal Bouffard, Régen Drouin and Jean-Marie Moutquin at the Division of Genetics of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke. He holds studentships from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture and the Quebec Training Network in Perinatal Research. Competing interests: none to declare
Aliya Affdal, MSc, PhD student, Bioethics Program, University of Montreal. Aliya has a Masters in Medical Ethics from the Faculty of Medicine, Université René Descartes in Paris and a Masters in Analysis and Management of Health Facilities, grouned by an internship at the National Council for Continuing Education of Hospital Doctors. Currently a PhD student in the biomedical sciences program, bioethics option, she is doing her thesis under the supervision of Dr. Vardit Ravitsky on ethical issues raised by fertility preservation in prepubessant girls in oncology. Alongside this research area, Aliya is also interested in doctor-patient relationship regarding issues of information, consent and the right of patients in the context of new human reproductive technologies. She also has an interest in ethical issues related to posthumous conception, germplasm banks, and pediatrics. Competing interests: none declared
Lise Levesque, PhD. Lise has a Ph.D. in molecular biology (2002) and she also did a post-doc in this discipline (2004). Her strong interest in socio-ethical aspects of science motivated her to complete an M.A. in bioethics (2007). She was active in the Bioethics Student Association as chair and in the Canadian Bioethics Society as chair of a committee. She has published articles in bioethics and taught bioethics to undergraduate students in the biological sciences. Lise has contributed to research projects pertaining to genomics, nutrigenomics, organisation of primary health care and to bioethics, and she is also interested in socio-ethical aspects of biotechnologies. From 2009 to 2014, she worked as a research associate at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Laval, then at Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal. In 2014-2015, she was researcher and organizational transformation consultant at AXDEV Group Inc. She is now research associate at Centre de recherche-Hôpital Charles-Le Moyne (affiliated to Université de Sherbrooke). She collaborates to research projects on organization of cancer care. Competing interests: none to declare.
Charles Marsan, BSc, BA, DMV, MA. Charles has a Bachelors degree in Biology (Ecology) from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1983) and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Université de Montréal (1988). He practised in his own vet clinic for 15 years in Quebec, in large and small animal medicine and surgery. Since 2005, Charles is interested in research on bullying. He did a Bachelors degree at Université de Montréal in Redaction, Jounalism and Multimedia. He completed a Master degree in Bioethics on the issues raised by Conflicts of Interest in companion animals veterinary practice. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in biomedical sciences (Bioethics) on the concept of alteration of clinical reasoning in situations of conflicts of interest among health professionals. Charles is webmaster and member on the board of AQEC (association québécoise d’éthique clinique). Competing interests: Charles is supervised by Bryn Williams-Jones.