Luke Gelinas was a member of the Petrie-Flom Center team from 2015 to 2018. From 2015 to 2017, he was the Petrie-Flom Fellow in Research Ethics, working on the Center's collaboration with the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center at Harvard Medical School to promote the ethical conduct of research with human beings. From 2017 to 2018, Luke's title shifted to Senior Researcher to reflect his expanded role, as he joined the Center's work on the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Oversight Study. In the summer of 2018, Luke transitioned into a new role as a Chairperson at Advarra IRB.
Luke earned his PhD in 2014 from the University of Toronto, where he was a graduate fellow at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics; he also has an MA in Religion summa cum laude from Yale Divinity School. Luke previously completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and training in Clinical Ethics at Albany Medical College. His research interests focus primarily on the concept of informed consent. His past scholarship has explored the ethics of exploiting common heuristics and biases to nudge people during the consent process, as well as the conditions under which consent can justifiably be waived in research with humans. Luke’s work has been published in several academic journals, including Hastings Center Report, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and American Journal of Bioethics.
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