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. Shah, SK, London, AJ, Mofenson, L, Lavery, JV, John-Stewart, G, Flynn, P et al.. Ethically designing research to inform multidimensional, rapidly evolving policy decisions: Lessons learned from the PROMISE HIV Perinatal Prevention Trial. Clin Trials. 2021; :17407745211045734. doi: 10.1177/17407745211045734. PubMed PMID:34524048 .
  2. IJsselmuiden, C, Ntoumi, F, Lavery, JV, Montoya, J, Karim, SA, Kaiser, K et al.. Should global financing be the main priority for pandemic preparedness?. Lancet. 2021;398 (10298):388. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01387-8. PubMed PMID:34332678 PubMed Central PMC8321441.
  3. Shadab, R, Lavery, JV, McFadden, SM, Elharake, JA, Malik, F, Omer, SB et al.. Key ethical considerations to guide the adjudication of a single-dose HPV vaccine schedule. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2021; :1-6. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2021.1917231. PubMed PMID:34010096 .
  4. Addiss, DG, Kienast, Y, Lavery, JV. Ethical dimensions of neglected tropical disease programming. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2021;115 (2):190-195. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/traa155. PubMed PMID:33339025 PubMed Central PMC7842092.
  5. Long, KC, Alphey, L, Annas, GJ, Bloss, CS, Campbell, KJ, Champer, J et al.. Core commitments for field trials of gene drive organisms. Science. 2020;370 (6523):1417-1419. doi: 10.1126/science.abd1908. PubMed PMID:33335055 .
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The Ivermectin Roadmappers, Billingsley, P, Binka, F, Chaccour, C, Foy, B, Gold, S et al.. A Roadmap for the Development of Ivermectin as a Complementary Malaria Vector Control Tool. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020;102 (2s):3-24. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.19-0620. PubMed PMID:31971144 PubMed Central PMC7008306.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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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