Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu

Assistant Professor in the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and Katz Research Fellow in Health Law and Science Policy, University of Alberta.

Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu (LLB, BL, LLM, SJD) was appointed to the board of the Health Quality Council of Alberta in February 2018. Dr. Ogbogu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and is the Katz Research Fellow in Health Law and Science Policy, at the University of Alberta.

He is extensively involved in health governance and policy development with a service record that includes the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council’s Standing Committee on Ethics, CIHR Stem Cell Oversight Committee, and the Alberta Cancer Board Research Ethics Committee.

His scholarly work is focused broadly on the ethical, legal and societal implications of novel and emerging biomedical research and health care technologies, and on the ethical, legal and social challenges associated with existing medical and public health systems, practices and infrastructures.

His academic publications have explored a diverse range of issues in health care and science policy, including health information privacy protections, genetic testing, biobanks, stem cell research, ownership of the human body, genetic discrimination, global health, public health, vaccination, infectious diseases and research ethics, and ethical and legal issues surrounding complementary and alternative medicine.

Dr. Ogbogu holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in law from the Universities of Benin (Nigeria), Alberta, and Toronto. He completed his doctoral work on the legal history of vaccination policies in Canada in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of the 2015 Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations Distinguished Academic Early Career Award and a member of the University of Alberta’s prestigious Health Law Institute.