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Invited presentations

Brain Organoids: Should We Be More Concerned? Stem Cell Talks 2020 Toronto (presenter, panel moderator and bioethics expert), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, February 21, 2020.

Expert commentary on the ethics of brains organoids. "We're Making Tiny Brains in the Lab — Should We Be Worried for Them?CBC Radio Program Quirks & Quarks, October 4, 2019

Manufacturing Scientific Consensus: The Role of Group Politics in the Controversy over CRISPR Gene Drives, SIS Seminar, School of Interdisciplinary Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, April 26, 2019.

Group Politics and Stakeholder Engagement with Gene Drive Technology, Political Science Speaker Series, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, January 29, 2019.

Into the Unknown: A Study of the Medial Portrayal of Gene Drive Technology. Talking about Gene Drive: Communications Workshop. Foundation of the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). Hilton, Baltimore, MD, November 4, 2017.

Are ethical qualms over embryonic stem cells still relevant? The social acceptance of embryonic stem cell research in Canada. International Retreat “Moral Frontiers in Regenerative Medicine pertaining to the Use of Human Embryonic and Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) Cells.” Halle (Saale), Germany, June 18-22, 2017.

The Emerging Media Discourse on NIPT. Workshop "Commercialization of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing: Past, Present and Future." Montreal, Quebec, February 11-12, 2016.

Ontario Health Libraries Association (OHLA) Spotlight Speaker: Health Science, Public Trust and Celebrity Culture." The 2016 OLA Super Conference. Toronto Metro Convention Centre, January 26-29, 2016.

Media Representations of Translational Stem Cell Research. International Workshop Driving Regenerative Medicine to the Market and Clinic: An Exploration of Enablers, Impediments and Ethical-Legal Challenges. Sheraton Hotel Toronto Centre, Toronto, ON, November 6-7, 2014.

Media Portrayal of Genetic Risks: The Angelina Jolie Effect. Alberta Annual Medical Genetics In-service Meeting. Walter C. Mackenzie Health Science Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, May 23, 2014

Presentation of HLI Research Activities. Research Oversight Committee Meeting for PACEOMICS: Personalized Accessible, Cost-Effective Applications of ‘Omics Technologies (A Large-Scale Applied Research Project in Genomics and Personalized Health), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, April 11, 2014.

Overview of SafetyNET Project 2: Health Law and Patient Safety. Stakeholder Meeting of SafetyNET Project. Edmonton Clinic Health Academy Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, February 11, 2014.

Representations of Spinal Manipulation Therapy in Popular Magazines. SafetyNET ProjectTeam Meeting. Campus Tower Suite Hotel, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, February 10, 2014.

Citizens’ Juries as a Participatory Policy Model. Guest Lecture to Political Science 4G06: Politics of Public Policy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, October 15, 2013.

Citizens’ Jury on Internet Voting in Edmonton. Presentation to the Joint Policy Committee,
Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General, Government of Alberta.
Edmonton, AB, March 4, 2013.

Edmonton Citizen Panel on Food and Agriculture: An Innovative Form of Deliberative Public Participation. Food in the City Conference. Edmonton, AB, May 25, 2012.

Charitable Souls, Disciplined Bodies: The Advertising of Public Goods in Eastern Europe. TCDS Conference “Trans-regional Learning Networks.” The New School, New York City, December 20, 2001.

Theorizing Subjectivity: Winnicott’s Object-Relations Theory and the Question of Agency. Conference on Psychoanalysis, Literary Theory and Gender Studies. Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, Hungary, Nov 12, 1998.



Refereed Presentations

Forecasting Timelines for Stem Cell Therapies: News Media Portrayal of Clinical Translation. Brocher Workshop “Making Sense of Clinical Translation: Ethical, Regulatory and Policy Challenges for Europe and the US.” 19 May, 2015, Geneva, Switzerland.

The stem cell “hype” after Geron: Media portrayal of the “readiness” of stem cell therapies (poster presentation). The 2014 Till & McCulloch Meetings, Oct 27-29, 2014, Ottawa, Ontario.

Representations of Stem Cell Clinics on Twitter. 2014 Social Media & Society International Conference. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON Sept 27, 2014.


The stem cell “hype” after Geron: Media portrayal of the “readiness” of stem cell therapies” (poster presentation). The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) 12th Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, June 18-22, 2014.

Representations of Stem Cell Clinics on Twitter. Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Annual Meeting (held within the CFHSS Congress). Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, May 28-30, 2014.

Celebrity Medicine and the Media: Newspaper Coverage of Angelina Jolie’s Preventive Mastectomy. Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Annual Meeting (held within the CFHSS Congress). Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, May 28-30, 2014.

Prospects for Internet Voting in Canada: Public Attitudes and Policy Change. Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) Annual Meeting (held within the CFHSS Congress). Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, May 27-29, 2014.

Representations of Stem Cell Clinics on Twitter (poster presentation). The 2013 Till & McCulloch Stem Cell Conference. Banff, AB, October 23-25, 2013.

Public Participation in Decision-Making regarding Internet Voting: A Case Study of the City of Edmonton. Canadian Political Science Annual Conference (held within the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences). Victoria University, Victoria, BC, June 5, 2013.

Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) in Canada (poster presentation). Futures in Reproduction Conference. Churchill College, Cambridge, UK, December 15-16, 2012.


Centre for Public Involvement: An Innovative Community-University Partnership (poster presentation). Fourth Showcase and Conference on Community-Engaged Research: Celebrating 100 Years of Engaged Research, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta, May 25, 2012.

Whose Values Count? A Deliberative Democracy Approach to the Ethics of Life Extension Research (poster presentation). European Science Foundation Conference “The Perfect Body: Between Normativity and Consumerism. Linköping, Sweden, October 10, 2009.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Deontological Ethics: The Issue of Emergency. International Studies Association Annual Convention. New York City, NY, February 15, 2009.

Embryo Rights vs. Women’s Rights: Re-framing the Stem Cell Debate. 19th Annual Conference of Canadian Bioethics Society, St. John’s, NL, June 20, 2008.

Beyond Embryo-Centrism: Re-framing the Public Debate on Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Canada and the U.S.” Annual Conference of the Canadian Communication Association, CFHSS Congress. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 6, 2008.

Moral Divide: Religion and Politics in the Stem Cell Controversy. The 22nd Annual Strategies of Critique Conference “What’s Left? What’s Right?” York University, April 25, 2008.

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