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Claudia I. Emerson, PhD

Claudia I. Emerson, PhDDr. Emerson is Senior Scientist at the Sandra Rotman Centre, University Health Network & University of Toronto, and is appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University, Canada. She specializes in the ethics and policy of research involving human subjects. She is a core investigator on the Ethical, Social, Cultural (ESC) Program for Global Health funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she provides ethics consultation across the various programs at the foundation. Within the ESC program she leads the Data and Biospecimen Access research portfolio with a focus on developing governance models to facilitate data sharing in global health. She serves as the external member of the foundation's Data Access Working Group, and led the development of their data access policy. She also conducts research in Public Health Ethics and has written on the moral case for polio eradication, the ethics of tagging and tracking technologies to improve immunization coverage, and biobanking for development. Currently, she is supporting the foundation's Polio Team in their efforts to facilitate access to polio data for modeling risk and strategies to complete eradication.

Dr. Emerson serves in several advisory capacities related to public health activities, including the National Ethics Committee for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Longitudinal Study on Aging, the Data Standards and Integration Working Group for the Critical Path to TB Regimens Initiative, and the Scientific Committee of the International Council of Science (ICSU) World Data System.

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