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Françoise Baylis

Distinguished Research Professor, Emerita, 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, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and the International Science Council. In 2022, she was awarded the Canada Council Killam Prize for the Humanities.


  • 2018–present
    University Research Professor, Dalhousie University


  • 1989 
    Western University, PhD in Philosophy


• Killam Prize (Humanities) 2022 • PROSE Award in Clinical Medicine (Professional and Scholarly Excellence) for 2020 • McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Memorial Lectureship and Award for Excellence in Law and Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine 2020 • Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 • Order of Nova Scotia 2016 • Order of Canada 2016