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      Vardit Ravitsky       

Vardit Ravitsky, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Université de Montréal

Department of social and preventive medicine

C.P. 6128, succ. Centre-ville

Montréal (Québec)

H3C 3J7

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Phone: 514 343-6111 ext. 3375

Field of research:

Reproductive technologies, genetics, prenatal testing, research ethics, health policy.

Recent results:

 

Lead researcher on the Pegasus project, exploring ethical, legal and social implications related to the implementation of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing in Canada. Project website: http://pegasus-pegase.ca/

 

Lab members:

 

Prénom et Nom

Position

Adresse courriel

Charles Dupras

Étudiant PhD

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Aliya Affdal

Étudiant PhD

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Stephanie Cote

Étudiant PhD

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Hazar Haidar

Étudiant PhD

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Marie-Eve Lemoine

Étudiant PhD

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Dorit Barlevy

Étudiant PhD

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Tierry Morel-Laforce

Étudiant MA

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Raphaelle Dupras-Leduc

Étudiant MA

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Babette Chabout-Combaz

Étudiant MA

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Nathalie Boëls

Étudiant MA

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Hila Rimon-Greenspan

Étudiant MA

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Publications: 

Peer-revewed articles (*Student)

  1. Lemoine Marie-Eve* & Ravitsky Vardit. 2015. “Sleepwalking into Infertility: The Need for a Public Health Approach towards Advanced Maternal Age”. American Journal of Bioethics – Target Article. In perss.
  1. Erler Alexander* & Ravitsky Vardit. 2015. Academic Performance Enhancers and the Goals of a University Education” American Journal of Bioethics - Neuroscience 6 (1): 24-26.
  1. Haidar Hazar*, Rispler-Chaim Vardit, Hung Anthony*, Chandrasekharan Subhashinin and Ravitsky Vardit. 2015. “Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing: Implications for Muslim Communities”. American Journal of Bioethics - Empirical Bioethics 6 (1): 94-105.
  1. Côté Stephanie*, Bouffard Chantal, Hamet Pavel, Ravitsky Vardit. 2014. « Entre usages et polémiques, un argument en faveur d’une clarification terminologique pour le diagnostic préimplantatoire ». Journal International de Bioéthique. In press.
  1. Côté Stephanie*, Affdal Aliya-Oulaya*, Kadoch Isaac-Jacques, Hamet Pavel & Ravitsky Vardit. September 13, 2014. “Posthumous Reproduction with Surplus Embryos: Exploring User’s Choices”. Fertility and Sterility, 102 (5): 1410-1415. http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(14)01829-9/abstract
  1. Dupras Charles*, Williams-Jones Bryn & Ravitsky Vardit. 2014. “Epigenetics and the Environment in Bioethics”. Bioethics 28 (7): 327-334.
  1. Gekas Jean, Langlois Sylvie, Ravitsky Vardit, Audibert François, van den Berg David, Haidar Hazar* and Rousseau François. 2014. “Identification of trisomy 18, trisomy 13 and Down syndrome from maternal plasma”. The Application of Clinical Genetics, 7: 127-131.
  1. Ravitsky Vardit. 2014. “Autonomous Choice and the Right to Know One’s Genetic Origins”. Hastings Center Report, 44 (2): 36-37.
  1. Behrmann Jason & Ravitsky Vardit. 2014. “Turning Queer Villages into Ghost Towns: A Community Perspective on Conversion Therapies”. American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience, 5 (1): 14-16.
  1. Lemoine Marie-Eve* & Ravitsky Vardit. Toward a public health approach to infertility: The ethical dimensions of infertility prevention”. 2013. Public Health Ethics. 6(3): 287-301
  2. Caulfield T, Evans J, McGuire A, McCabe C, Bubela T, Cook-Deegan R, Fishman J, Hogarth S, Miller FA, Ravitsky V, Biesecker B, Borry P, Cho M, Carroll JC, Etchegary H, Joly Y, Kato K, Soo-Jin Lee S, Rothenberg K, Sankar P, Szego MJ, Ossorio P, Pullman D, Rousseau F, Ungar WJ, Wilson B. 2013. “Reflections on the Cost of “Low-Cost” Whole Genome Sequencing: Framing the Health Policy Debate”. PLOS Biology 11(11): 1-6.
  1. Behrmann Jason & Ravitsky Vardit. 2013. ”Queer Liberation, not Elimination: Why Selecting against Intersex Persons is not ‘Straight’ Forward”. American Journal of Bioethics, 13(10): 39-41.
  1. Ravitsky Vardit. 2013. “Incentives for Postmortem Organ Donation: Ethical and Cultural Considerations”. Journal of Medical Ethics, 39(6): 380-381.
  1. Behrmann Jason & Ravitsky Vardit. 2013. “A Gift that Some Cannot Give: The Ethical Significance of the Ban on Gay/Bisexual Men as Blood Donors”. The American Journal of Bioethics, 13(6): 46-47.
  1. Dupras Charles* & Ravitsky Vardit. 2013. “Disclosing Genetic Information to Family Members: The Role of Empirical Ethics”. In: eLS 2013, John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Chichester http://www.els.net/ [DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005959.pub2]
  1. Quigley Muireann, Wright Linda & Ravitsky Vardit. 2012. “Organ Donation & Priority Points in Israel: An Ethical Analysis”. Transplantation, 93(10):970-3.
  1. Michaeli Jennia, Weintraub Michael, Gross Eitan, Ginosar Yehudah Haim, Ravitsky Vardit, Eizenman Einat, Mitrani Eduardo, Lebovich Meital, Laufer Neri, Kennedy Stephen H. and Revel Ariel. 2012. “Fertility preservation in girls”. Obstetrics and Gynecology International, Volume 2012, Article ID 139193, pages 1-10. At: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ogi/2012/139193/.
  1. Ravitsky Vardit. 2012. “Conceived and Deceived: The Medical Interests of Donor-Conceived Individuals”. Hastings Center Report, 42 (1): 17-22.
  1. Behrmann Jason & Ravitsky Vardit. 2011. “Do Canadian researchers have blood on their hands?”. Canadian Medical Association Journal, June 14; 183 (9):1112.
  1. Ravitsky Vardit. 2010. “’Knowing where you come from’: The Rights of Donor-Conceived Individuals and the Meaning of Genetic Relatedness”. Minnesota Journal of Law Science & Technology, 11(2): 655-684.
  1. Caulfield T, Fullerton S.M, Ali-Khan S.E, Arbour L, Burchard E.G, Cooper R.S, Hardy B-J, Harry S, Hyde-Lay R, Kahn J, Kittles R, Koenig B.A, Lee SS-J, Malinowski M, Ravitsky V, Sankar P, Scherer S.W, Séguin B, Shickle D, Suarez-Kurtz G, and Daar A.S. 2009. “Race and Ancestry in Biomedical Research: Exploring the Challenges”. Genome Medicine, January 21; 1 (1), pp. 8.1-8.8.

 Book

Ravitsky Vardit, Autumn Fiester & Art Caplan (Eds.) “The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics.” (An anthology of articles on current issues in bioethics) Springer Publishing Company, 2009.

 Book Chapters

  1. Aliya Affdal* & Vardit RavitskyParents’ use of their daughter’s preserved ovarian tissue following her death:Ethical dimensions.” In: Egg Freezing: Ethical, Legal, Medical and Social Issues. Dena David (Ed.) Oxford University Press. 2015.
  1. Ravitsky Vardit & Gali Ben-Or. “The Israeli Discourse regarding the Status of the Embryo: Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Cloning.” In: Israeli Bioethics. Gil Siegal (Ed.). Mosad Bialik Publishing House. 2015. (In Hebrew)
  2. Vardit Ravitsky & Raphaelle Dupras-Leduc*. « Emerging Legal and Ethics Issues in Reproductive Technology.” In: Yann Joly and Bartha Maria Knoppers (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Medical Law and Ethics. 2014.
  1. Gali Ben-Or & Ravitsky Vardit. “Cultural Values in Action: The Israeli Approach to Human Cloning.” In: Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli and Yoram S. Carmeli (Eds.). Kin, Gene, Community: Reproductive Technology Among Jewish Israelis, Berghahn Books, 2010.
  1. Burleigh Trevor-Deutsch, Kristiann Allen, & Ravitsky Vardit. “Ethics in Knowledge Translation.” In - Sharon Straus, Ian D. Graham, and Jacqueline M. Tetroe (Eds.), Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practice. Wiley Blackwell, 2009.
  1. Frances R. Batzer & Ravitsky Vardit. “Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Ethical Considerations.” In: Ravitsky, Fiester & Caplan (Eds.) In: Ravitsky, Fiester & Caplan (Eds.) The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics, Springer Publishing, 2009.
  1. Raluca Vrabie, Ravitsky Vardit & Thomas W. Faust. “Organ Transplantation and Retransplantation: Medical and Ethical Considerations.” In: Ravitsky, Fiester & Caplan (Eds.) The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics, Springer Publishing, 2009.

 Commentaries

  1. Vardit Ravitsky. “Banning IVF for Quebec Women over 42 is Good Old-Fashioned Paternalism”. National Post, March 12, 2015. AT: http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/vardit-ravitsky-banning-ivf-for-quebec-women-over-42-is-ivf-is-good-old-fashioned-paternalism
  1. Jason Behrmann & Vardit Ravitsky. “After Plasma: Are Blood Stem Cells Next?” In – Impact Ethics, October 30, 2014. At: http://impactethics.ca/2014/10/30/after-plasma-are-blood-stem-cells-next/
  1. Vardit Ravitsky & Marie-Eve Lemoine*. “We need a culture thaw, not frozen eggs”. Globe and Mail, Opinion, Saturday, October 18, 2014. At: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/we-need-a-culture-thaw-not-frozen-eggs/article21138405/
  1. Jason Behrmann, Marie-Josée Potvin, Vardit Ravitsky, and Bryn Williams-Jones “Developing Innovative Curricula in Public Health Ethics Using an Empirical Approach”. In – Impact Ethics, October 14, 2014. At: http://impactethics.ca/2014/10/14/developing-innovative-curricula-in-public-health-ethics-using-an-empirical-approach/
  1. Vardit Ravitsky, John Appleby, Stephen Wilkinson, Anthony Wrigley & Annelien Bredenoord. “Event review: The ethics of mitochondrial replacement therapy”. In - BioNews 763, July 21, 2014. At: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_438266.asp
  1. Vardit Ravitsky. “Social egg freezing in the race against the biological clock”. In – Impact Ethics, June 13, 2014. At: http://impactethics.ca/2014/06/13/social-egg-freezing-in-the-race-against-the-biological-clock/
  1. Hila Rimon-Greenspan* & Vardit Ravitsky. “New frontiers in posthumous reproduction”. In – BioNews 688, 17 June 2013. At: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_313451.asp
  1. Juliet Guichon & Vardit Ravitsky. “An unfortunate step back for donor conception in Canada”. In – BioNews 688, 14 January 2013. At: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_238993.asp
  1. Vardit Ravitsky & Arthur Caplan. “We all need the HPV vaccine”. Globe and Mail, Opinion Thursday, June 28, 2012. At: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/we-all-need-the-hpv-vaccine/article4375582/
  1. Vardit Ravitsky & David Heyd. “Fertility preservation and sex reassignment: should reproductive rights cross gender boundaries?” In - BioNews 656, 15 May 2012. At: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_144876.asp
  1. Vardit Ravitsky. “Reflections on the Ethical Debate surrounding Non-Invasive Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis”. In – BioNews 624, 12 September 2011. At: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_105658.asp
  1. Vardit Ravitsky. “Is gender selection of a fetus ethical?” CNN Opinion, August 16, 2011. at: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/08/15/ravitsky.gender.selection/index.html?hpt=op_t1
  1. Vardit Ravitsky. “A child’s right, a family’s secret”. Globe and Mail, Opinion, Thursday, May. 26, 2011. At: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/a-childs-right-a-familys-secret/article2034905/
  1. Vardit Ravitsky. “The ‘donated generation’: knowing where you come from”. Medical Ethics, Winter 2011, Vol. 18, Issue 1, and a “Response” to a critique written by Wendy Kramer, Spring 2011, Vol. 18, Issue 2. A journal of the Lahey Clinic, at: www.lahey.org/ethics/  
  1. Vardit Ravitsky & Joanna E. Scheib. “Are the Kids Really All Right? The interests and rights of people conceived by donor sperm”. August 27, 2010. In - Psychology Today. At: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/medicine-mind-and-morals/201008/are-the-kids-really-all-right
  1. Vardit Ravitsky & Joanna E. Scheib. “Donor-Conceived Individuals’ Right to Know”. In – Bioethics Forum, 20 July 2010. At: http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Bioethicsforum/Post.aspx?id=4811&blogid=140
  1. Vardit Ravitsky. “Sperm donation: The US regulatory vacuum and its ethical ramifications”. In – BioNews 563, 21 June 2010. At: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_64758.asp
  1. Vardit Ravitsky. “Culture as Shaping Public Policy: Public Funding of IVF in Israel”. In – Health Innovations in Context, March 13, 2009. At: http://www.hinnovic.org/culture-as-shaping-public-policy-public-funding-of-ivf-in-israel/