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Eric M. Meslin is the founding Director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021.
Born in Canada, Dr. Meslin received his B.A. from York University (Toronto), and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Georgetown University. Prior to coming to Indiana, he was director of bioethics research for the ELSI program at the National Human Genome Research Institute (1996-98), and Executive Director of the U.S. National Bioethics Advisory Commission (1998-2001) appointed by President Bill Clinton. He has held academic positions at the University of Toronto (1988-96); as Visiting Fellow at Green College, University of Oxford (1994-95); and as Professor-at-Large at the University of Western Australia (2008-2010). During 2012-2013 he was appointed the Pierre de Fermat Chaire d’Excellence at the Université de Toulouse.
Dr. Meslin has more than 150 published articles and book chapters on various topics in bioethics and science and is a co-editor of the Cambridge University Press Bioethics and Law Series,. He has been a member of several boards and including the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Ethical and Scientific Issues in Studying the Safety of Approved Drugs; the Ethics Subcommittee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Board of Directors of Genome Canada.
Dr. Meslin is currently the President and CEO of the council of Canadian Academies (CCA). Meslin joined the CCA in 2016.