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News and Media

  1. Policy Options: The direct-to-consumer genetic testing fog

    May 25 2017

    Continued hype on direct-to-consumer genetic testing - company gives parents opportunity to uncover kids' "hidden" talents; the limitation - these tests simply don't have an impact on health behaviour.

  2. Seeking asthma and allergy treatment from a naturopath: A wise decision?

    May 25 2017

    Annie, fed up with her nagging asthma and allergies, seeks treatment from a naturopath based on a friend's recommendation. Is that a wise decision? Will the naturopath be able to help?

  3. The Globe and Mail: Why we need agenda-free science more than ever

    April 23 2017

    Timothy Caulfield provided expert comment on media and science.

  4. ‘Like’ or ‘dislike’? Health Law Institute to Study Instagram Users’ Attitudes Towards Breastfeeding

    April 20 2017

    New study will explore whether Instagram users are building communities of support around women who breastfeed.

  5. CBC News: Private Health, Public Risk?

    April 03 2017

    How the Alberta government allowed a private foundation to offer an unproven 'experimental' health program to its citizens. Timothy Caulfield provides comment.

  6. The Atlantic: The Voice's Empty Promise of the American Dream

    March 28 2017

    The NBC reality singing competition has been selling glittering visions of fame for 11 seasons, but has rarely delivered on them. Timothy Caulfield is captioned from his book 'Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?'

  7. CBC Radio - The 180: The blunt truth about 'cutting edge' medical research

    March 23 2017

    News of medical advances often come with phrases like 'cutting edge research' sprinkled liberally into the story. But, whatever the promise of these 'cutting edge' treatments, Timothy Caulfield says enthusiastically reports lead to real harms.

  8. NY Magazine – The Cut: What’s the Deal With Bee Pollen?

    March 22 2017

    What is bee pollen? What are people saying it does? Does bee pollen actually have any health benefits? Professor Caulfield provides expert comment.

  9. The Globe and Mail: Beware the hype on stem-cell breakthroughs

    March 20 2017

    Expert comment provided by Timothy Caulfield.

  10. Healthy Debate: Stem cell miracles don’t live up to the hype

    March 17 2017

    Expert comment by Timothy Caulfield.

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In 1977, Professor Ellen Picard (now Justice Picard of the Alberta Court of Appeal) launched the Faculty of Law’s Health Law Institute (HLI) and in so doing established the very first research institute in Canada in the health law field. Read more...

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything: The Not-so-creative Coupling Of Celebrity Culture And… Timothy Caulfield's Book is now available 

Is Gwyneth Paltrow wrong about everything?

What you need to know about stem cell therapies

Policy recommendations for addressing privacy challenges associated with cell-based research and interventions

More publications


  1. CNTRP: Understanding Opt-Out or Presumed Consent - what are the challenges and how would it work in Canada?

    February 15 2017

    This Fast Fact briefly explains the framework and implications of opt-out consent for deceased organ donation, describes the social and legal challenges with adopting an opt-out consent model in Canada and raises important questions to consider. Produced by Maeghan Toews with the input from the CNTRP team and with support from Canadian Blood Services.

  2. Regenerative Medicine: Human gene editing: revisiting Canadian policy

    January 27 2017

  3. Combatting Unlicensed Stem Cell Interventions through Truthful Advertising Law: A Survey of Regulatory Trends

    January 03 2017

    Professor Ogbogu proposes the adoption and application of consumer protection legal frameworks, specifically truthful advertising laws and enforcement strategies, as a means of combating the proliferation of clinics offering and providing unproven and unlicensed stem cell interventions to the public.

  4. From Kim Kardashian to Dr. Oz: The Future Relevance of Popular Culture to Our Health and Health Policy

    October 26 2016

    Professor Timothy Caulfield transcribes Celebrity and Health Behaviours and Beliefs, Inaccurate and Uncritical Portrayals, Celebrities and the "Prius Effect", Our Celebrity-Filled Future, and Celebrity Conundrum.

  5. Bioéthique Online: Doing Research with Vulnerable Populations: The Case of Intravenous Drug Users

    September 23 2016

    2016 B Murdoch, T Caulfield. This review article considers ethical concerns when doing research on potentially vulnerable people who inject drugs (PWID) in a Canadian context.

  6. Science, Celebrities, and Public Engagement

    June 16 2016

    Timothy Caulfield and Declan Fahy on Science, Celebrities, and Public Engagement in the Summer 2016 Issues in Science and Technology.

  7. Science: Confronting stem cell hype

    May 13 2016

    Professor Timothy Caulfield co-authors new stem cell policy guidelines.

  8. Media portrayal of non-invasive prenatal testing: a missing ethical dimension

    March 04 2016

  9. Commercialization of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing: Past, Present and Future

    February 08 2016

  10. Marginally scientific? Genetic testing of children and adolescents for lifestyle and health promotion

    January 15 2016

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