Jim V. Lavery

PhD, MSc, BSc, HBA

Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Biography

Dr. Jim Lavery is an Associate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute of Medical Science, and Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto.

His research focuses on how improved understanding of the interests of stakeholders in global health and global development research—including funders, implementation partners, regulators, researchers, research institutions, and host communities—can improve the implementation and impact of new health interventions. Jim was the co-principal investigator of the Ethical, Social and Cultural (ESC) Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health and Global Development programs from 2005-2015. He is currently funded by the Gates Foundation to lead the development of a “Learning Platform” to help research funders and their implementation partners improve their strategies for engaging with stakeholders to improve the delivery and implementation of their research investments.

He has served on the Canadian Federal Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics and is currently a member of numerous advisory committees, including the Data Safety and Monitoring Board for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s STRIVE Ebola Vaccine trial in Sierra Leone, the Executive Advisory Committee for the Institute for Global Health Equity & Innovation at the University of Toronto, the Regulatory and Ethics Working Group for the Global Alliance on Genomics and Health, the Bioethics Advisory Panel, and Independent Review Panel for Data Access Requests, for Pfizer, Inc.

Recent Publications

  1. Chamberlain, AT, Lavery, JV, White, A, Omer, SB. Ethics of maternal vaccination. Science. 2017;358 (6362):452-453. doi: 10.1126/science.aao4219. PubMed PMID:29074757 .
  2. Silva, DS, Matheson, FI, Lavery, JV. Ethics of health research with prisoners in Canada. BMC Med Ethics. 2017;18 (1):31. doi: 10.1186/s12910-017-0189-6. PubMed PMID:28449670 PubMed Central PMC5408402.
  3. Bandewar, SV, Wambugu, F, Richardson, E, Lavery, JV. The role of community engagement in the adoption of new agricultural biotechnologies by farmers: the case of the Africa harvest tissue-culture banana in Kenya. BMC Biotechnol. 2017;17 (1):28. doi: 10.1186/s12896-017-0347-4. PubMed PMID:28288608 PubMed Central PMC5347829.
  4. Lavery, JV. 'Wicked problems', community engagement and the need for an implementation science for research ethics. J Med Ethics. 2016; :. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2016-103573. PubMed PMID:27538984 .
  5. Kolopack, PA, Parsons, JA, Lavery, JV. What makes community engagement effective?: Lessons from the Eliminate Dengue Program in Queensland Australia. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015;9 (4):e0003713. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003713. PubMed PMID:25875485 PubMed Central PMC4395388.
  6. Achee, NL, Youngblood, L, Bangs, MJ, Lavery, JV, James, S. Considerations for the use of human participants in vector biology research: a tool for investigators and regulators. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2015;15 (2):89-102. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2014.1628. PubMed PMID:25700039 PubMed Central PMC4340630.
  7. King, KF, Kolopack, P, Merritt, MW, Lavery, JV. Community engagement and the human infrastructure of global health research. BMC Med Ethics. 2014;15 :84. doi: 10.1186/1472-6939-15-84. PubMed PMID:25495054 PubMed Central PMC4290104.
  8. Caulfield, T, Kamenova, K, Ogbogu, U, Zarzeczny, A, Baltz, J, Benjaminy, S et al.. Research ethics and stem cells: Is it time to re-think current approaches to oversight?. EMBO Rep. 2015;16 (1):2-6. doi: 10.15252/embr.201439819. PubMed PMID:25476708 PubMed Central PMC4304722.
  9. Keusch, GT, Denno, DM, Black, RE, Duggan, C, Guerrant, RL, Lavery, JV et al.. Environmental enteric dysfunction: pathogenesis, diagnosis, and clinical consequences. Clin. Infect. Dis. 2014;59 Suppl 4 :S207-12. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu485. PubMed PMID:25305288 PubMed Central PMC4481570.
  10. Keusch, GT, Rosenberg, IH, Denno, DM, Duggan, C, Guerrant, RL, Lavery, JV et al.. Implications of acquired environmental enteric dysfunction for growth and stunting in infants and children living in low- and middle-income countries. Food Nutr Bull. 2013;34 (3):357-64. doi: 10.1177/156482651303400308. PubMed PMID:24167916 PubMed Central PMC4643688.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
  • Member, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
  • Member, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto
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