Ma’n Zawati

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Ma’n Zawati

Associate Professor, Centre of Genomics and Policy

Email: man.zawati@mcgill.ca
Phone: (514) 398-4806

740 Dr Penfield Ave, Room 5210
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3A 0G1


Ma’n H. Zawati (LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D. (DCL)) is an Associate Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and the Research Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy in the Department of Human Genetics. He is also an Associate Member in the Department of Medicine, the Department of Equity, Ethics and Policy and the Faculty of Law. His work is interdisciplinary, drawing together perspectives from law, ethics, genomics, and policy. His research mainly focuses on the legal, ethical and policy dimensions of health research and clinical care, with a special focus on data sharing, governance, professional liability, and the use of novel technologies (e.g., mhealth apps, WGS, WES). During COVID-19, Prof. Zawati was instrumental in setting up the ethics governance for multiple initiatives, including the Quebec COVID19 Biobank (BQC19), CGEn’s national HostSeq project and the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. His work has facilitated access and use of data and samples across jurisdictions.

Prof. Zawati is funded by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec, CIHR, Genome Quebec and Genome Canada. He’s also a frequent presenter on a variety of the most critical and topical issues in healthcare and the biosciences. He has appeared at 180+ international conferences, symposia, meetings, and has shared his expertise with universities, research ethics boards and law firms. He sits on the Board of Directors of Exactis Innovation and the Human Cell Atlas. Prof. Zawati has published more than 100 book chapters and peer reviewed articles in leading publications such as Nature Reviews Genetics, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the Journal of Law and the Biosciences. In 2015, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (stay at Oxford University) and was named a Royal Society of Canada Delegate for the IAP Young Scientists of the Year international symposium. In 2021, Prof. Zawati received his J1 FRQS Career Award. In 2022, he published his first book: “Reciprocity in Population Biobanks: Relational Autonomy and the Duty to Inform in the Genomic Era” and in 2023, he was elected Member of McGill University’s Senate.

Recent Publications

  • COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative. A second update on mapping the human genetic architecture of COVID-19. Nature. 2023;621 (7977):E7-E26. doi: 10.1038/s41586-023-06355-3. PubMed PMID:37674002 PubMed Central PMC10482689.
  • Patrinos, D, Ghaly, M, Al-Shafai, M, Zawati, MH. Legal approaches to risk of harm in genetic counseling: perspectives from Quebec and Qatar. Front Genet. 2023;14 :1190421. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2023.1190421. PubMed PMID:37576562 PubMed Central PMC10416622.
  • Moreno, PG, Knoppers, T, Zawati, MH, Lang, M, Knoppers, BM, Wolfson, M et al.. Regulating cancer risk prediction: legal considerations and stakeholder perspectives on the Canadian context. Hum Genet. 2023;142 (7):981-994. doi: 10.1007/s00439-023-02576-8. PubMed PMID:37365297 PubMed Central PMC10329579.
  • Rothstein, MA, Patrinos, D, Brothers, KB, Clayton, EW, Joly, Y, Zawati, MH et al.. Concordance of International Regulation of Pediatric Health Research. J Pediatr. 2023;260 :113524. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2023.113524. PubMed PMID:37245625 .
  • Patrinos, D, Kleiderman, E, Fraser, W, Zawati, MH, HeLTI Consortium. Developing Policy for the Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative: Going from National to International. Biopreserv Biobank. 2023;21 (3):267-274. doi: 10.1089/bio.2022.0198. PubMed PMID:37192471 PubMed Central PMC10282825.
  • Savic Kallesoe, SA, Rabbani, T, Gill, EE, Brinkman, F, Griffiths, EJ, Zawati, M et al.. Canadians' opinions towards COVID-19 data-sharing: a national cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open. 2023;13 (2):e066418. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-066418. PubMed PMID:36750286 PubMed Central PMC9905784.
  • Longstaff, H, Flamenbaum, J, Richer, E, Egar, J, McMaster, CR, Zawati, MH et al.. Core elements of participant consent documents for Canadian human genomics research and the National Human Genome Library: guidance for policy. CMAJ. 2022;194 (44):E1500-E1508. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.212063. PubMed PMID:36379551 PubMed Central PMC9828931.
  • Trost, B, Thiruvahindrapuram, B, Chan, AJS, Engchuan, W, Higginbotham, EJ, Howe, JL et al.. Genomic architecture of autism from comprehensive whole-genome sequence annotation. Cell. 2022;185 (23):4409-4427.e18. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2022.10.009. PubMed PMID:36368308 .
  • Lang, M, Zawati, MH. Returning individual research results in international direct-to-participant genomic research: results from a 31-country study. Eur J Hum Genet. 2022;30 (10):1132-1137. doi: 10.1038/s41431-022-01103-z. PubMed PMID:35478220 PubMed Central PMC9553878.
  • Song, L, Liu, H, Brinkman, FSL, Gill, E, Griffiths, EJ, Hsiao, WWL et al.. Addressing Privacy Concerns in Sharing Viral Sequences and Minimum Contextual Data in a Public Repository During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Front Genet. 2021;12 :716541. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2021.716541. PubMed PMID:35401651 PubMed Central PMC8988250.
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