Douglas Kinsella


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T. Douglas Kinsella, CM (15 February 1932 - 15 June 2004), BA, MD, FACP, FRCPC was a Canadian expert on medical ethics and founder of Canada's National Council on Ethics in Human Research.

Career

Kinsella achieved distinction in his career during his work at University of Calgary, where he served as Director of the Office of Medical Bioethics and as an Assistant Dean of Research and Bioethics, and Foothills Hospital in the fields of rheumatology, immunology and medical bioethics. He is particularly noted for his research on ethical, legal and medical issues surrounding assisted suicide, euthanasia and genetics research. He is well known for championing research ethics, particularly as these apply to human experimentation,CIHR Douglas Kinsella Doctoral Award for Research in Bioethics. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 30 May 2007. Accessed 20 July 2007. and was a founding member of the Tri-Council Working Group on Ethics.McDonald, Michael. A Memorial Tribute to Dr. T. Douglas Kinsella – Physician, Bioethicist and Friend Accessed 20 July 2007.

Legacy

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research supply an annual research grant in Kinsella's name to "the highest ranking CIHR Doctoral Research Award or Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award applicant whose research focuses on ethical issues related to health and/or health research."CIHR Douglas Kinsella Doctoral Award for Research in Bioethics. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 30 May 2007. Accessed 20 July 2007. The CIHR Douglas Kinsella Doctoral Award for Research in Bioethics was first awarded in 2005.

Biography

Kinsella was born and raised in Montreal. As a child, he contracted rheumatic fever, and this inspired him to become a doctor. After completing Loyola High School, Douglas enrolled at Loyola College and joined the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. In June of 1955, Kinsella married Lorna Emma Cleary. The couple have three children, Warren (b. 1960), Kevin (b. 1963) and Lorne (b. 1965). (Lorne and Warren, a well known figure in Toronto, play in the punk rock band Shit From Hell.) In 1995 Kinsella was named a Member of the Order of Canada. He died on 15 June 2004 of an aggressive lung cancer.


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