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Who can read my body? Health data, privacy, and control.

  • Saint Mary's University Halifax, NS Canada (map)

Public Lecture: In the age of consumer health data, fitness apps and direct-to-consumer genetic testing allow us to make more informed medical decisions and life-style choices. However, this means we relinquish control of our data. Dr. Anita Ho will discuss who can access our information and how will it be used? Who determines whether we have an existing condition?

Free Admission
7PM, March 7, 2018
Scotiabank Theatre, Saint Mary's University
903 Robie Street, Halifax, NS

This presentation is brought to you by The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs with the support of Saint Mary’s University – Office of the President, Office of the Vice President of Academic and Research, Faculty of Arts, and Dalhousie’s Department of Bioethics. 

About the speaker: 
Anita Ho (PhD, MPH) is an Associate Professor in bioethics at the Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia, and an Affiliate Faculty member in the Bioethics Program of the University of California, San Francisco. She is also the Interim Director of Ethics Services at Providence Health Care in Vancouver. Prior to her return to North America, Anita was the Director of Undergraduate Ethics Education at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the at the National University of Singapore School of Medicine (2014-2017). An international scholar and author of more than 60 journal articles and book chapters, Anita's publications can be found in bioethics and medical journals such as the Journal of Medical Ethics, The Hastings Center Report, American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of American Geriatric Society, and Intensive Care Medicine. Anita’s current research focuses on supportive and shared decision making in the diverse healthcare settings, supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her broader research areas include ethical dimensions of incorporating innovative technologies in health care, trust and decision making in domestic and international clinical and research medicine, organizational and system ethics in medicine, cross-cultural and global health ethics, health-care access and disparity, professional-patient relationship, ethics education for health professionals, disability experiences, and various concepts of autonomy.