Jean-Christophe Belisle Pipon
Jean-Christophe Belisle Pipon
Visiting Researcher

Visiting Researcher

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Jean-Christophe Bélisle Pipon is a Visiting Researcher at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at the Harvard Law School.

His research focuses on pharmaceutical marketing and the moral responsibility of regulators and industry. While his undergraduate training in physics led him to pure science, he developed interests in the field of health and bioethics during six years working in the pharmaceutical industry. Following that experience, he worked in clinical research and regulatory affairs as well as in business intelligence, sales, and marketing. He also has experience on the regulation side as a research assistant at the Québec Commissioner of Health and Welfare specifically to document and analyze drug regulation and formulated recommendations to the Québec Ministry of Health.

In his research, he has formulated recommendations about the proper management and resolution of ethical issues related to drug marketing for both regulators and industry marketers. He was awarded the MH Poster Prize in 2016 at the World Congress of Bioethics (International Association of Bioethics) for one of his recommendations in relation to direct/in-person interactions between pharmaceutical representatives and patients. He also conducted a Delphi study about the engagement of patients as co-researchers in research projects, exploring ethical dimensions as well as capacity development of and required training for the next generation of researchers.

Jean-Christophe is also interested in how academics can engage the public in reflecting on the most pressing ethical issues of our time. He co-led a project mingling arts and bioethics to move bioethics reflection into the public space. His leadership in the Arts+Bioethics project was recognized by a Forces Avenir award.

His scientific articles have been published in journals such as Bioethics, Ethics, Medicine and Public Health, Healthcare Policy, the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, American Journal of Bioethics and Canadian Medical Association Journal. He co-authored Les enjeux éthiques liés à la limite des ressources en santé (University of Montreal Press, 2016), which explores the ethical implications of the limit of resources and their allocation in the health care system. In 2012, he co-founded the open access journal BioéthiqueOnline, where he served as executive editor for five years.

Jean-Christophe has been awarded the Québec Lieutenant Governor's Youth Medal for his leadership in the scientific community and academic excellence. His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Québec Health Research Fund, Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Québec Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit.