Poster for Medical AI Presentation information


The Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue Project on AI for Healthy Humans and Environments at the AI + Society Initiative presents, in collaboration with the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy and the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics:

Hospital systems, device makers, and artificial intelligence (AI) developers are spending huge amounts of money to bring AI, and especially machine learning, into health care. These efforts raise formidable logistical and design challenges, but as well as ethical and legal questions.  

Prof. Glenn Cohen will survey some of the issues regarding liability, informed consent, discrimination, and explainability, and discuss possible regulatory models to address AI-related risks.  

Prof. Catherine Régis will then moderate a conversation bringing the perspectives of AI innovator Dr. Anna Goldenberg, patient Maggie Keresteci, and legal scholars Prof. Teresa Scassa and Prof. Colleen M. Flood.

This event is presented as part of the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue’s Project on AI for Healthy Humans and Environments, hosted by the AI + Society Initiative. You can learn more about our research program on AI and Health here.   Attendees can donate online to the Centre whatever they think is fair.

About the Speakers

Prof. Glenn Cohen is one of the world’s leading experts on the intersection of bioethics (sometimes also called “medical ethics”) and the law, as well as health law. He also teaches civil procedure. He has advised the U.S. Vice President on reproductive rights, discussed medical AI policy with members of the Korean Congress, and lectured to legal, medical, and industry conferences around the world. His work has been frequently covered by or appeared in PBS, NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Mother Jones, the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and many other media venues.


Dr. Anna Goldenberg is a Senior Scientist in Genetics and Genome Biology program at SickKids Research Institute, in 2018 she was appointed as the first Varma Family Chair in Biomedical Informatics and Artificial Intelligence. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, faculty member and an Associate Research Director, Health at Vector Institute and a fellow and AI Chair at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Child and Brain Development group. Dr Goldenberg trained in machine learning at Carnegie Mellon University, with a postdoctoral focus in computational biology and medicine. The current focus of her lab is on developing machine learning methods that capture heterogeneity and identify disease mechanisms in complex human diseases as well as developing risk prediction and early warning clinical systems. Dr. Goldenberg is a recipient of the Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation. She is strongly committed to creating responsible AI to benefit patients across a variety of conditions.

Maggie Keresteci is a patient and is a caregiver to a frail elderly relative and a sibling with a life altering rare disease. She advocates with caregivers across all sectors of the Canadian health- care system to support co-design of patient and caregiver-inspired policies and programs. She is active participant in many provincial and pan-Canadian advisory panels, providing strategic advice on achieving integration in the health system, including insights about the importance of patient, caregiver and family partnership in research, co-design of care and clinical interactions. Maggie is a published author and speaker. She is also a volunteer Board director with Emily’s House, Toronto’s only paediatric hospice.

Colleen M. Flood is Professor at the University of Ottawa and a University Research Chair in Health Law & Policy. She is also inaugural Director of the University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics. From 2000–2015 she was a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, with cross-appointments to the School of Public Policy and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. From 2006–2011 she served as Scientific Director at the Canadian Institute for Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR). Her primary areas of scholarship are comparative health care law and policy, public/private financing of health care systems, health care reform, constitutional law, administrative law, and accountability and governance issues more broadly.

Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, a Faculty member at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, and a Full Professor in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa, with cross-appointment to the School of Information Studies. Her research explores the intersection of law and technology, and she draws upon interdisciplinary approaches and networks in her work. She has written widely about intellectual property and privacy law issues in a broad range of contexts. Her ongoing research projects are on artificial intelligence and the law, data governance, data privacy, and legal dimensions of data scraping.  


Catherine Régis is the Canada Research Chair in health law and policy and a full professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Montreal, a co-founder of the Health Hub – Policy, Organizations and Law ( and a founding member of the JusticIA ( research group. She is also a researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP), the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM), the Observatory of the Social Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA), and Special advisor and Associate vice-rector with planning and strategic communication at the University of Montreal. Catherine also participated in the creation of the Montreal Declaration for a responsible development of artificial intelligence as a member of its scientific committee.

Attendees can donate online to the Centre whatever they think is fair.

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Date and time
Mar 23, 2023
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided.
Format and location
Virtual, In person
Learning Crossroads (CRX)
Room 408, 100 Louis-Pasteur Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N3
This event will be in English only. The event will be recorded, and photos may be taken.
General public
This is a free event. However, registration is required.
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