Jim V. Lavery

PhD, MSc, BSc, HBA

Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Please note Dr. Lavery will not be accepting summer students in 2019.

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. 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 .
  2. Lanzel, AF, Lavery, JV. Unintended Consequences of the Right to Try Act for Palliative Care in Pediatric Oncology. JAMA Oncol. 2019; :. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.7201. PubMed PMID:30844025 .
  3. 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.
  4. 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 .
  5. Lavery, JV. Building an evidence base for stakeholder engagement. Science. 2018;361 (6402):554-556. doi: 10.1126/science.aat8429. PubMed PMID:30093590 .
  6. Burgess, MM, Mumford, JD, Lavery, JV. Public engagement pathways for emerging GM insect technologies. BMC Proc. 2018;12 (Suppl 8):12. doi: 10.1186/s12919-018-0109-x. PubMed PMID:30079103 PubMed Central PMC6069509.
  7. Kolopack, PA, Lavery, JV. Informed consent in field trials of gene-drive mosquitoes. Gates Open Res. 2017;1 :14. doi: 10.12688/gatesopenres.12771.1. PubMed PMID:29355214 PubMed Central PMC5757819.
  8. 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 .
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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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