Ma’n Zawati

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Ma’N Zawati

Assistant 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 Assistant Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and the Executive Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy in the Department of Human Genetics. He is also an Associate Member of McGill’s Biomedical Ethics Unit. His research concentrates on the legal, ethical and policy dimensions of health research and clinical care, with a special focus on biobanking, data sharing, professional liability, and the use of novel technologies (e.g. mhealth apps, WGS, WES) in both the clinical and research settings. Dr. Zawati is funded by CIHR, Genome Canada, and Genome Quebec. His work is interdisciplinary, drawing together perspectives from law, ethics, bioinformatics, genomics, and policy. 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 100+ international conferences, symposia, meetings, and has shared his expertise with universities, research ethics boards and law firms. Dr. Zawati has published 13 book chapters and 45+ peer reviewed articles in leading publications such as Nature Reviews Genetics, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the Journal of Medical Genetics, and the McGill Journal of Law and Health. 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 2014, the Young Bar Association of Montreal named him as one of its Lawyers of the Year.

Recent Publications

  • 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; :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; :. doi: 10.1089/bio.2022.0198. PubMed PMID:37192471 .
  • 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.
  • Slomp, C, Morris, E, GenCOUNSEL Study, Price, M, Elliott, AM, Austin, J et al.. Correction to: The stepwise process of integrating a genetic counsellor into primary care. Eur J Hum Genet. 2022;30 (7):865. doi: 10.1038/s41431-022-01063-4. PubMed PMID:35250031 PubMed Central PMC9259581.
  • Rothstein, MA, Zawati, MH, Thorogood, A, Beauvais, MJS, Joly, Y, Brothers, KB et al.. Streamlining ethics review for international health research. Science. 2022;375 (6583):825-826. doi: 10.1126/science.abn0675. PubMed PMID:35201881 .
  • Slomp, C, Morris, E, GenCOUNSEL Study, Price, M, Elliott, AM, Austin, J et al.. The stepwise process of integrating a genetic counsellor into primary care. Eur J Hum Genet. 2022;30 (7):772-781. doi: 10.1038/s41431-022-01040-x. PubMed PMID:35095102 PubMed Central PMC8801315.
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