Janet Atkinson-Grosjean (Jan) joined CAE in September 2002, first as the Genome British Columbia GE3LS postdoctoral research fellow (02-04), then, as a postdoctoral training fellow (03-05) in CIHR’s Ethics of Health Research and Policy Training Program. She was appointed Senior Research Associate effective January 1, 2006. Dr. Atkinson-Grosjean completed her interdisciplinary PhD in science studies and science policy at the University of British Columbia in 2001. Previous degrees include an MA in Liberal Studies (Simon Fraser University Graduate Liberal Studies Program, 1996; science studies focus) and an MBA (Canadian School of Management, 1982). She holds professional designations in accounting (CGA) and administration (P.Adm.).
A primary focus is the relations between biomedical science and public policy, investigated by means of case study research methods that combine qualitative, historical, and quantitative approaches to data collection and analysis. Traditions from science studies, policy studies, social theory, organization studies, and applied ethics inform the interdisciplinary interpretations and analyses that frame the work. Of particular interest are three related areas: (i) the practices of ‘boundary organizations’ that govern and fund research at the intersection of the public/private and basic/applied divides; (ii) individual and institutional conflicts associated with the commercial translation of publicly funded biomedical research; and (iii) what constitutes ‘the public interest’ in these matters.