Michael M. Burgess is Professor and Chair in Biomedical Ethics at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics and the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia. He was also Principal of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies until 2011.
Burgess combines ethical and social theory with social science methods related to policy in health care, health research and biotechnology. His graduate supervision has been primarily in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, and his seminars typically include students with backgrounds in science, health care, health research, social science and humanities. His research has been funded by SSHRC, CIHR, Genome Canada and Genome BC, as well as NGOs and industry contracts.
Most recently Burgess’ research has focused on science and technology policy and public engagement based on theories of deliberative democracy. With Peter Danielson he is PI of the Genome Canada/Genome BC-funded “Building a GE3LS Architecture” and is a collaborator on other genome science projects in microbial genomics of forest soils (PI: W. Mohn) and military explosives (PI: L Eltis). Burgess worked Kieran O’Doherty to implement deliberative engagements on biobanks in BC, the Mayo Clinic (PI: B. Koenig) and in Western Australia. The deliberative design has also been recently been used on issues related to salmon genomics, and bioremediation of military explosive RDX.
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I am primarily interested in identifying neglected or novel perspectives on issues of culture, genetics and genomics to assure that the theoretical approaches and recommendations engage with poorly understood or disenfranchised perspectives. The focus of my interdisciplinary collaboration is to engage various “publics” in dialogue about the role of genomics and biotechnology in society, to inform policy and to sustain continued discussion on important ethical issues. The primary topics have been salmon genomics and aquaculture and biobanking. I am currently working on practical and theoretical integration of science and technology studies, non-electoral deliberative democracy, and ethics.
Biotechnology and ethics
Culture and Ethics
Democracy and Ethics
Ethics of Health Policy
Genetics and Ethics
Genomics and Ethics
Health Care Ethics
Public Engagement and Ethics