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Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess

Professor Emeritus ​B.A., M.A., Ph.D.



239 Reichwald Health Sciences 1088 Discovery Way Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7


Burgess actively collaborates on the design and implementation of deliberative public engagement, with over 20 deliberative events in Canada, Australia and the US.

Current CIHR-funded deliberative projects include childhood vaccine policy (PI: K O’Doherty), research data access and learning health systems (PI: Kim McGrail) and funding decisions for cancer drugs (PI: Stuart Peacock). Burgess is also collaborating with colleagues on an approach to involving communities in the governance of remote and indigenous biobanks; with Dan Steel (UBC)on a SSHRC grant on the concept of diversity, with Jacob Shelley (Western) and others on a CIHR grant on pharmacists’ responsibility regarding the sale of unhealthy foods, and with Barb Pesut (UBC) and colleagues on a CIHR grant on nurses’ perspectives on medical assistance in dying.

Ethical and social dimensions of genetic testing, knowledge, commercialization; democratizing the governance of genomics.