Jim V. Lavery

PhD, MSc, BSc, HBA

Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Please note Dr. Lavery will not be accepting summer students.

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. Valdez, D, Keys, H, Ureña, K, Cabral, D, Camilo, F, Ogando, EC et al.. Malaria outbreak response in urban Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: lessons learned for community engagement. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2020;44 :e92. doi: 10.26633/RPSP.2020.92. PubMed PMID:32774350 PubMed Central PMC7406124.
  2. Wodnik, BK, Louis, DH, Joseph, M, Wilkers, LT, Landskroener, SD, Desir, L et al.. The roles of stakeholder experience and organizational learning in declining mass drug administration coverage for lymphatic filariasis in Port-au-Prince, Haiti: A case study. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2020;14 (5):e0008318. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0008318. PubMed PMID:32469860 PubMed Central PMC7259509.
  3. Adhikari, B, Vincent, R, Wong, G, Duddy, C, Richardson, E, Lavery, JV et al.. A realist review of community engagement with health research. Wellcome Open Res. 2019;4 :87. doi: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15298.2. PubMed PMID:31289754 PubMed Central PMC6611131.2.
  4. Markowitz, B, Pritlove, C, Mukerji, G, Lavery, JV, Parsons, JA, Advani, A et al.. The 3i Conceptual Framework for Recognizing Patient Perspectives of Type 1 Diabetes During Emerging Adulthood. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2 (7):e196944. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.6944. PubMed PMID:31298715 PubMed Central PMC6628591.
  5. Graham, AP, Lavery, JV, Cook-Deegan, R. Ethics of Global Health Photography: A Focus on Being More Human. Health Hum Rights. 2019;21 (1):49-62. . PubMed PMID:31239614 PubMed Central PMC6586959.
  6. Hall-Clifford, R, Addiss, DG, Cook-Deegan, R, Lavery, JV. Global Health Fieldwork Ethics: Mapping the Challenges. Health Hum Rights. 2019;21 (1):1-5. . PubMed PMID:31239609 PubMed Central PMC6586971.
  7. Richardson, EZL, Saposan, M, Meslin, EM, Lavery, JV. The Guatemalan Syphilis Trials, Community Engagement, and the Common Rule. Ethics Hum Res. 2019;41 (3):36-38. doi: 10.1002/eahr.500019. PubMed PMID:31108577 .
  8. Lanzel, AF, Lavery, JV. Unintended Consequences of the Right to Try Act for Palliative Care in Pediatric Oncology. JAMA Oncol. 2019;5 (5):603-604. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.7201. PubMed PMID:30844025 .
  9. Lavery, JV, IJsselmuiden, C. The Research Fairness Initiative: Filling a critical gap in global research ethics. Gates Open Res. 2018;2 :58. doi: 10.12688/gatesopenres.12884.1. PubMed PMID:30706057 PubMed Central PMC6350408.
  10. Hinman, AR, Addiss, D, Caplan, A, Carlson, LM, Lavery, JV, Orenstein, WA et al.. Vaccine Trials in Schools: We Must Not Ignore Progress. Am J Public Health. 2019;109 (2):219-220. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304798. PubMed PMID:30649954 PubMed Central PMC6336074.
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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