Bartha Maria Knoppers

Founding Director

Bartha Maria Knoppers, PhD (Comparative Medical Law), is a Full Professor, Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine and Founding Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. She was the Chair of the Ethics and Governance Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (2009-2017). She is currently Chair of the Ethics Advisory Panel of WADA (2015- ), and was the Co-Chair of the Regulatory and Ethics Workstream of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (2013-2019). In 2015-2016, she was a member of the Drafting Group for the Recommendation of the OECD Council on Health Data Governance and gave the Galton Lecture in November 2017. She holds four Doctorates Honoris Causa and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Hastings Center (bioethics), the Canadian Academy Health Sciences (CAHS), and the Royal Society of Canada. She is also an Officer of the Order of Canada and of Quebec, and was awarded the 2019 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research, the Till and McCulloch Award for science policy (2020) and, was appointed to the International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing.


Governance, Genomic Medicine, Human Rights, Paediatrics, Stem Cell Research, Biomedical Ethics, Privacy, Medical Law, Comparative Medical Law and Policy

Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Bioethics Society - 2021

Till and McCulloch Award (International Policy), Stem Cell Network of Canada - 2020

Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research, Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCIHR) - 2019

Commander, Order of Montreal - 2016

Medal Paul-André Crépeau (Medical Law), The Canadian Bar Association: Quebec - 2015

Academy of Great Montrealers, Scientific Sector, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal - 2014

Champion of Genetics 2013, Canadian Gene Cure Foundation - 2013

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General of Canada - 2013

Officer, Ordre national du Québec - 2012

Prix Montréal In Vivo: Secteur des sciences de la vie et des technologies de la santé - 2012

The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal - 2002

Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine - 2001