PPRC Membership

Janice E. Graham

Professor & Canada Research Chair

Faculty of Medicine

Dalhousie University

Team Role: 
Team Member


Janice Graham is a medical anthropologist and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics in the Faculty of Medicine with a cross-appointment in Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases). Her work with people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias led to research on the safety and effectiveness of emerging health technologies. Standardization, commercialization, risk and trust figure prominently in Graham’s research on regulatory practices, diagnostic imaginaries, innovation and health inequalities. She held a postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric medicine and neuroepidemiology at Dalhousie University, an endowed Research Chair in Medical Anthropology and a CIHR New Investigator Award at the University of British Columbia. She has been engaged in an ethnographic study of Health Canada, was a senior fellow at BIOS in the London School of Economic and Political Science, observer to Scientific and Technical meetings of the World Health Organization, and chaired Health Canada’s Expert Advisory Panel on the Special Access Program. Janice’s recent book, Contesting Aging & Loss is published by the University of Toronto Press. She is President of the Canadian Anthropology Society, the Scientific Director of the Technoscience and Regulation Research Unit and of the Qualitative Research Commons and Studio (QuRCs) at Dalhousie. Her current research explores 21st century vaccines, and the development and introduction of a conjugate meningitis A vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa.

Research Interests

anthropology of science, technology and medicine
regulation of biologics (including vaccines) and pharmaceuticals
international and public health
integration of qualitative and quantitative methods


Canada Research Chair in Bioethics (2002-2012)
Arts Alumni Achievement Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo, 2003
Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Career Award, 1999-2005
Burwell Endowed Chair in Medical Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 1998-2002

Recent Publications

Janice E. Graham, Alexander Borda-Rodriguez, Farah Huzair, Emily Zinck
Janice Graham