Donald J. Willison

Degrees, Title/Position:
ScD (Harvard School of Public Health)
MSc (McMaster University)
BSc (University of Toronto)
Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation; Joint Centre for Bioethics; Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto

Goal Groups/Integration Themes:
Digital Health to Improve Diabetes Care


Don’s academic work has focused on three areas: governance over the use of personal information and biological samples for health research;  boundaries between research and practice in public health, focusing on the ethical conduct of public health evaluative activities, regardless of whether they be labeled research, surveillance, quality improvement, etc.; and systems to support public/patient participation and involvement in the learning healthcare system.  His work has informed much of the CIHR’s policy around privacy and access to data for research purposes – most notably through the document “CIHR Best Practices for Protecting Privacy in Health Research” , much of which has been incorporated into guidance the second edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans.  His work with Public Health Ontario resulted in the development of an innovative harmonized approach to the ethical conduct of public health evaluative activities.

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