Luke Gelinas, PhD is a teaching assistant in Research Ethics for the Master of Bioethics Degree program. He joined the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School in 2015 as the first Petrie-Flom Fellow in Research Ethics. 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. Most recently, Luke completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and training in Clinical Ethics at Albany Medical College. Luke’s 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. Currently, his work advances several projects as part of the Harvard Catalyst Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program, with a particular emphasis on the regulatory, ethical, and practical aspects associated with recruitment and retention of research participants. 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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