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About Charles Weijer

Charles Weijer is a philosopher and physician. His academic interests center on the ethics of medical research. Charles has written about using placebos in clinical trials, weighing the benefits and harms of medical research, and protecting communities in research. Charles’ most recent work talks about a special kind of clinical trial in which groups of people – rather than individual patients – are randomized to one treatment or another. He is one of the co-founders of the Rotman Institute and he has worked with a number of organizations around the world, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the U.S. National Academies Institute of Medicine. Charles’ work is motivated by the belief that medical research raises profound philosophical questions about the nature of our obligations to one another, particularly in relationships of inequality, such as that between doctor and patient.


Present Member, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Western University
Present Member, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University
Present Professor (cross appointment), Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistic, Western University
Present Professor (joint appointment), Department of Medicine, Western University
Present Professor (with tenure), Department of Philosophy, Western University

Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (elected, 2007-)
  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians, USA (elected, 2007-)
  • Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK (2004-)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, (elected, 2003-2013)
  • Fellow of the Hastings Center, Garrison, New York (elected, 2002-)
  • Fellow, 21st Century Trust, London, United Kingdom (1998-)

Contact Information

Department of Philosophy
The University of Western Ontario
London, ON N6A 5B8
Work phone: 519-661-2111 x80090
Work fax: 519-661-3261

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