Senior Advisor, MRCT Center

Chairperson at Advarra IRB

Dr. Gelinas is a Chairperson at Advarra IRB where he provides analysis and guidance on complex ethical issues arising in the course of clinical research study design and human participant protection.  He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Religion, summa cum laude, from Yale Divinity School.

From 2015-2018, Dr. Gelinas was Senior Researcher at Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.  There he led collaborative and multi-stakeholder projects addressing foundational and practical issues in research ethics, including projects on the ethical issues implicated in the use of social media for research recruitment, clinical trial priority-setting, and the ethical and regulatory parameters of paying research participants.

Between 2012-2015, Dr. Gelinas completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Bioethics at the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, as well as subsequent training in clinical ethics consultation at Alden March Bioethics Institute.

Dr. Gelinas’ written work has appeared in leading medical and bioethics journals, including New England Journal of MedicineHastings Center Report, and Journal of Medical Ethics.  He frequently lectures and consults on various issues in research ethics and human participant protection.