Jeff Nisker MD PhD FRCSC FCAHS

Jeff is a Professor of Obstetrics-Gynaecology at the Schulich School Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, and Scientist, Children’s Health Research Institute.  He holds, and has held, CIHR and Genome Canada grants to explore ethical and social issues in reproductive medicine, genetics, and exposure of pregnant women to environmental toxins.  He has held a CIHR/Health Canada grant exploring public engagement for citizen deliberation regarding pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.  Jeff has written or co-written over 150 scientific articles and book chapters, as well as seven plays.  His plays have been performed throughout Canada, as well as in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. 

Jeff Nisker

 

Jeff’s national positions have included:  Scientific Officer of the CIHR Panel on Ethics, Law and Humanities; Co-chair of Health Canada’s Advisory Committee on Reproductive and Genetic Technology; Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada; Chair of the SOGC Ethics Committee; and Executive Vice President of the SOGC.  Jeff has been a member of the CIHR Standing Committee on Ethics; Executive of the Canadian Bioethics Society; the National Council of Ethics in Human Research, RCPSC Ethics and Equity Committee, and Health and Public Policy Committee. 

Jeff received his MD and PhD at the University of Toronto, and specialty training at UWO. He was awarded an MRC Fellowship to study the effect of hormones on cancer (University of California and McMaster University). Jeff now holds CIHR grants to investigate public engagement in health policy development and to explore ethical issues related to the concept of “health,” as it applies to embryos; and also other national research grants.

Jeff has received many research and teaching awards.  In 2007, Jeff received the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Educator of the Year Award and was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  In 2008, Jeff won a Faculty Scholar Award for innovation in research and education.  Jeff has also been awarded the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecology of Canada President’s Award for the most significant contribution to obstetrics and gynaecology in Canada, and was chosen by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Peter Gzowski as one of the 13 “Best Minds of Our Time.”

Current Research

2009 - 2014  Co-Principle Investigator and ELS Theme Leader, CIHR Team in the Effects of Brominated Flame Retardants on Reproductive Health: Animal, Human, Ethical, Legal and Social Studies, PI: Cindy Goodyer, CIHR Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), Funded, 2,495,000 CAD, (347,250 CAD)

2009 - 2014  Co-Principle Investigator and ELS Theme Leader, CIHR Team in Impact of exposure to phthalates, their metabolites and “green” plasticizers on male reproductive health, PI: Bernard Robaire, CIHR Human Development, Child and Youth Health, Funded, 2,492,500 CAD, (339,250 CAD)

2009 - 2015   Co-Principal Investigator, CIHR Training Program in Reproduction, Early Development, and the Impact on Health (REDIH), PI: Jay Baltz, CIHR, Funded, 1,787,598 CAD

Recent Publications

Books:

Nisker J. From Calcedonies to Orchids: Plays Promoting Humanity in Health Policy. Iguana Press, 2012.

Nisker J., Baylis F., Karpin I., McLeod C., and Mykitiuk R. (Eds). The "Healthy" Embryo: Social, Biomedical, Legal and Philosophical Perspectives. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Book Chapters:

Nisker J. Narrative Ethics in Health Promotion and Care. In:Storch JL, Rodney P & Starzomski  R. editor(s). Toward a Moral Horizon: Nursing Ethics for Leadership and Practice. 2. Toronto (Canada): Pearson Canada Inc; 2013. p.107-126

Jones M, Nisker J. Health Equity and Access to Oocyte “Donation”. In:Sauer MV, editor(s). Principles of Oocyte and Embryo Donation. 2. London (United Kingdom): Springer-Verlag; 2013. p.371-382

Mykitiuk R, Nisker J. Social determinants of “health” of embryos. In: Nisker J, Baylis F, Karpin I, McLeod C, Mykitiuk R, editors. The “Healthy” Embryo: Social, Biomedical, Legal and Philosophical Perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. p. 116-135.

Cox SM, Nisker J. Public understandings of a `healthy´ embryo: A citizen deliberation on preimplantation genetic diagnosis. In: Nisker J, Baylis F, Karpin I, McLeod C, Mykitiuk R, editors. The “Healthy” Embryo: Social, Biomedical, Legal and Philosophical Perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. p 151-170.

Federal Reports:

Nisker J and Speechley KN. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Related Activities in Canada. Prepared for Assisted Human Reproduction Canada. May 2009

Peer-reviewed Journals:

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Original Plays:

Calcedonies

Orchids

Sarah’s Daughters

A Child On Her Mind

Doctor’s Call

Yellow Brick Squash (with Warren Bourgeois)

Play Adaptions:

When No Bruises Clue (Adapted from Susan Glaspell’s story A Jury of Her Peers)

Dr. Warner and the X Club (Adapted from Ben Hecht’s story, Collaborators: Silcox J)

The Yellow Wallpaper (Adapted from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story)

Jeff Nisker
800 Commissioners Rd E. Rm E2-620E
London, ON Canada N6A 5W9
Tel: 519-685-8781
Fax: 519-685-8783
jeff.nisker@lhsc.on.ca

Updated Nov 2013