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Ubaka Ogbogu

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Associate Professor, Law, Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Alberta

Ubaka Ogbogu is an Associate Professor in the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the Katz Research Fellow in Health Law and Science Policy, at the University of Alberta. Dr. Ogbogu is a recipient of the Confederation of Alberta Faculties Association Distinguished Academic Early Career Award. He holds a doctorate in law from the University of Toronto, a Master of Laws degree from the University of Alberta and undergraduate degrees in law from the University of Benin, Nigeria and the Nigerian Law School. Ogbogu’s scholarly work is focused broadly on the ethical, legal and societal implications of novel and emerging biotechnologies and associated research. His publications have explored a diverse range of issues in this field, including the ethical and legal issues associated with stem cell research, gene and engineered cell therapies, biobanks, germline gene editing and assisted reproductive technologies. As a multidisciplinary scholar, his teaching and research activities explore and cut across various fields, including health law, bioethics, science policy, science and technology studies, public health, legal history and legal philosophy. He has led or been involved in many prominent national and international biotechnology policymaking activities and writes and comments frequently in the popular press on matters relating to the impacts of biotechnology and science on society. Ogbogu is the Chair of the University of Alberta’s Research Ethics Board No. 2, a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Quality Council of Alberta, a member of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Somatic Gene and Engineered Cell Therapies, a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Stem Cell Oversight Committee, and a member of the International Society for Stem Cell Research Task Force on Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation. He recently served on the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying and as a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council’s Standing Committee on Ethics. Ogbogu lives in Edmonton with his wife, Gift and two daughters, Maya (age 10) and Amaka (age 6).