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Eric M. Meslin

Council of Canadian Academies
President and CEO
Eric joined the CCA in 2016 after 30 years in university and government settings, including the previous 15 years at Indiana University where he was Founding Director of the IU Center for Bioethics, Associate Dean for Bioethics in the IU School of Medicine, and Professor of Medicine, of Philosophy, of Medical & Molecular Genetics, of Bioethics & Law, and of Public Health.

Trained in bioethics and philosophy at York University (BA) and Georgetown University (MA, PhD) he has held academic positions at the University of Toronto, University of Oxford, University of Western Australia, and Université de Toulouse, publishing more than 150 articles and book chapters on bioethics aspects of genomics, international health, big data, and human subjects research. His policy experience includes Bioethics Research Director in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) program at the National Human Genome Research Institute, and Executive Director of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission appointed by President Clinton. He has been a member of advisory committees to the World Health Organization, UNESCO, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Institute of Medicine, UK Biobank, CDC, and Genome Canada.

He has consulted with state, provincial and federal governments across the globe, with NGOs, philanthropies, and industry. Among his honours, he is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and was appointed Chevalier de L’Order Nationale du Mériteby the Government of France.