Jean-Christophe Bélisle-Pipon, PhD

Selected Publications

How to engage the public in a reflection on the most pressing ethical issues of our time? What if part of the solution lies in adopting an interdisciplinary and collaborative strategy to shed light on critical issues in bioethics? An example is Art + Bioéthique, an innovative project that brought together bioethicists, art historians and artists with the aim of expressing bioethics through arts in order to convey the “sensitive” aspect of many health ethics issues. This project, which succeeded in stimulating an interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration between bioethics and arts, is an example of an innovative approach to knowledge transfer that can move bioethics reflection into the public space.
In Bioethics, 2017.

There has been increasing interest in vaccinating populations against serogroup B meningococcus (MenB) which is now responsible for the majority of invasive meningococcal disease in developed countries. In 2014, public health authorities in Québec (Canada) launched the world’s first regional vaccination program using Bexsero® (4CMenB) to reduce the transmission of an endemic clone of MenB. The cost-effectiveness of a vaccination campaign is crucial to assessing the choice of a specific vaccine. Yet in Québec, the cost of the vaccination program has not been released to the public despite a legal obligation to disclose major government’s expenses; and this decision was justified on the grounds that the information is an industrial secret. Greater effort must be made to ensuring that transparency is a cardinal value in all population health interventions, so that citizens can hold their governments accountable for decisions that are made in the public interest.
In EMPH, 2017.

Recent Publications

. Merging Arts and Bioethics: An Interdisciplinary Experiment in Cultural and Scientific Mediation. In Bioethics, 2017.


. Protecting public health or commercial interests? The importance of transparency during immunization campaigns. In EMPH, 2017.


. Ethics Pedagogy in Public Health Education: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?. In IJEE, 2017.


. Experts sous influence? Quand la non-divulgation des conflits d’intérêts met à risque la confiance du public. In Autour de l’intégrité scientifique, 2016.

PDF Project

. Art+Bioéthique : quand la recherche en bioéthique quitte les murs de l’universitén. In BioéthiqueOnline, 2016.


. Améliorer la compréhension et la gestion des conflits d’intérêts des experts conseillant la prise de décisions en santé publique. In BioéthiqueOnline, 2016.


. Between Policy and Politics: When Bioethics Ventures into Public Debate. In Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, 2016.


. An Experiment with Public-Oriented Knowledge Transfer: A Video on Québec’s Bill 10. In Healthcare Policy, 2016.


. Les enjeux éthiques de la limite des ressources en santé. In PUM, 2016.

PDF Project

. Visées éthiques, développement et usage du médicament. In Précis de Pharmacologie, 2015.

PDF Project

. Drug Familiarization and Therapeutic Misconception via Direct-To-Consumer Information. In Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 2015.

PDF Project


Arts + Bioethics

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Direct-to-Consumer Communications

Direct-to-Consumer Communications include all forms of pharmaceutical industry-sponsored communications conveying promotional and informational content.

Public Health Ethics

This project focuses on the moral dimensions of public health. This includes ethics education, government transparency, expert conflict of interest, and more.

Community Services

Research Administration

  • Board Member, Board of Directors, Québec Health Research Funds / Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), 2017-
  • Vice-President, Intersectoral Student Committee, Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), 2017-
  • Member, Intersectoral Student Committee, Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), 2014-2017

Editorial Committees

  • Editorial Board Member, Palindrome, 2017-
  • Editorial Committee Member, Découvrir, Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), 2014-2017
  • Co-Founder and Executive Editor, BioéthiqueOnline, 2011-2016