Professor McDonald retired in December, 2010. He continues to remain active in research, graduate supervision and ethics consulting.
Michael McDonald was the founding Director of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics (1990-2002). He received an Honours BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and an MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1969 to 1990, he was a member of the Philosophy Department at the University of Waterloo.
McDonald has had numerous grants from CIHR, SSHRC, and other research sponsors. His main research now focusses on human subjects research – its ethics and governance. He has strongly advocated for an evidence based approach to human research protection. He is Co-PI with Susan Cox (Nominated PI) on the“Centring the human subject in health research: understanding the meaning and experience of research participation”.
In 2009, the Canadian Bioethics Society gave its Lifetime Achievement Award to McDonald for his “outstanding contribution to the Healthcare Ethics in Canada”. Complete In 2006, the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada presented McDonald with the designation of Honorary Certified General Accountant for his contribution to professional ethics education for the Association.
McDonald also headed the creation of two websites with Dr. Holly Longstaff and Nina Preto: www.stemcellethics.ca is an educational resource dedicated to helping Canadian stem cell researchers navigate ethical issues in their work; www.researchethicssurvey.ca is a website designed for gathering information that will promote better communication amongst and between researchers, research administrators, research participants, and research ethics committees..
– Holly Longstaff, Michael McDonald, Jennifer Bailey, “Communication Risks and Benefits About Ethically Controversial Topics: the Case of Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) Cells”, Stem Cell Reviews and Reports, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s12015-012-9407-.
– Michael McDonald, “Introduction”, Health Law Review 19, 3, 2011, 5-11.
– Michael McDonald and Christina Preto, “Conflict of Interest in Health Research”, The Sage Book of Health Care: Core and Emerging Issues, Sage Handbook, Ruth Chadwick, Hank ten Have, and Eric Meslin Editors, Sage Publications, 2011, pp. 326-341
– James A. Anderson, Brenda Swatzky-Girling, Michael McDonald, Daryl Pullman, Raphael Saginur, Heather A. Sampson, and Donald J. Willison, “Research Ethics, Broadly Writ”, Health Law Review 19, 3, 2011, 12-24.
– Michael McDonald, Daryl Pullman, James Anderson, Nina Preto and Heather Sampson, “Research Ethics in 2020: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats”, Health Law Review 19, 3, 2011, 36-55.
– Jonathan Kimmelman, Michael McDonald, and Denise Avard, “A Guide to the Perplexed: How to Navigate Conflicting Research Ethics Policies”, Health Law Review 19, 3, 2011, 56-62.
– Zubin Master, Michael McDonald, Bryn Williams-Jones, “Promoting Research on Research Integrity in Canada”, Accountability in Research 19, 1-6, 2010.
– Michael McDonald, Susan Cox. “Moving Towards Evidence-Based Human Research Protection”, Journal of Academic Ethics, 7, 1-2, 2009.
– Michael McDonald, “From Code to Policy Statement: Creating Canadian Policy for Ethical Research Involving Humans”, Special Issue Canadian Network for the Governance of Ethical Health Research Involving Humans: Evidence, Accountability and Practice, Health Law Review, 17(2) 2009, 2009, Vol. 17 Issue 2/3, pp. 12-25.
– Michael McDonald, Anne Townsend, Susan M. Cox, Natasha Damiano Patterson, and Darquise Lafrenière, “Trust in Health Research Relations: Accounts of Human Subjects,” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (2008), 3, 4 pp. 35–47
In the past I have taught courses in health research ethics, bioethics, and business ethics.