Eric Racine PhD

Department of Equity, Ethics and Policy

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The Biomedical Ethics Unit has merged with the Institute for Health and Social Policy to form the new Department of Equity, Ethics and Policy within the School of Population and Global Health of the Faculty of Medicine.

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Contact Information

Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit 

Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)

110 avenue des Pins Ouest

Montréal, QC H2W lR7

Tel: (514) 987-5723

Fax: (514) 987-5763

eric.racine [at] [at]

Website for the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit

Academic Background

Dr. Racine is a leading international researcher in bioethics with recognized contributions to the development of neuroethics and pragmatic ethics. He is the author of Pragmatic Neuroethics: Improving Treatment and Understanding of the Mind-Brain, published by MIT Press. Inspired by philosophical pragmatism, his research aims to bring to the forefront the lived experience of ethically problematic situations by patients and stakeholders and then to resolve them collaboratively through deliberative and evidence-informed processes.

Academic appointments

-Director, Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit

-Full Research Professor at IRCM and Université de Montréal (Department of Medicine with accreditation in social and preventive medicine / bioethics)

-Associate Vice-President, Scientific Activities, IRCM

-Full Research Professor, Université de Montréal

-Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine) and Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University

-Affiliate member, Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University

-Affiliate member, National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia

Awards and honours

-Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

-FRQ-S Research Scholars emeritus

-FRQ-S Career award (senior)

-FRQ-S Career award (J2)

-FRQ-S Career award (J1)

-CIHR New Investigator Award

-Visiting Researcher, Centre for Advanced Studies, Munich, Germany

-Visiting Researcher, Uppsala University, Sweden

-Visiting Researcher, Brocher Foundation, Hermance (Geneva), Switzerland


Postdoctoral fellowship, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University School of Medicine, California, USA (2004-2006)

PhD in applied human sciences – bioethics, Université de Montréal (2004)

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