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Research Professor, Philosophy, Dalhousie University

Françoise Baylis is an internationally renowned bioethics expert whose innovative work, at the intersection of policy and practice, has stretched the very boundaries of the field. Her ethics research focuses primarily on women’s reproductive health and genetic technologies. Her work aims to move the limits of mainstream bioethics by developing more effective ways to understand and tackle public policy challenges. Baylis believes bioethicists need to exercise their moral imagination and find creative ways to make the powerful care.

She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2017, she was awarded the Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award.


  • 2018–present
    University Research Professor, Dalhousie University


  • 1989 
    Western University, PhD in Philosophy


• Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 • Biography included in “Beyond Rum and Salt Fish” A Souvenir Book commemorating Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence as a Nation 2016 • McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science of the Royal Society of Canada 2016 • Order of Nova Scotia 2016 • Order of Canada 2016 • Distinguished Academic Award, Canadian Association of University Teachers 2016