Wilson, Brenda J.*

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  • MBChB
  • MSc
  • MRCP(UK)
  • FFPH


451 Smyth Road (RGN), Room 3230 E
Phone: (613) 562-5800, ext. 8261
Fax: (613) 562-5465
E-mail: bwilson@uottawa.ca


I trained in medicine at the universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh in the UK, and did residency training in internal medicine and public health medicine. I spent ten years on faculty in the Department of Public Health at the University of Aberdeen, and was an honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine to NHS Grampian.  I joined the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine – now the School - in 2002.  I have served as Director of Graduate Studies and Director of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

I am a founding member of the Institute for Science, Society, and Policy, and of the Centre for Health Law, Policy, and Ethics.

In my research, I apply a public health lens to emerging health technologies, particularly genomics. I’m interested in determining what works, how useful it is, and how to use it well.  My interdisciplinary research program spans diverse questions relating to the evidence for genome-based tests and health interventions, different service delivery models (and the needs of health professionals), and the personal, family, and social implications of genomics.

I contribute to a range of scientific and policy bodies relating to genetics. I have a longstanding interest in the responsible conduct of research, and in research ethics. Since 2015, I have been a member of the Canadian Task Force for Preventive Health Care.

Research Interests

  • Knowledge Synthesis in Health Care, and in Genomics
  • Genomics and Screening
  • Families and Communication About Genetic Information
  • Public and Professional Perspectives on Genomics in Medicine and Public Health
  • Evidence Based Implementation of Evidence Based Genomic Technologies
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