Jeff Nisker

Maternal, Fetal & Newborn Health Dr. Jeff Nisker


Scientist, Division of Maternal, Fetal & Newborn Health, Children’s Health Research Institute
Professor, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Oncology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

How my research helps children

By researching ethical and social issues regarding women’s reproductive health, particularly related to their pregnancies, it is hoped that future children will be “healthy” in both the broadest and most critical sense of the term “healthy”.


Current Research Activities

My research is transdisciplinary, centering on public engagement for health-policy development through multiple research methods and designs.

Research Team

Julia Bickford, PhD candidate
Meredith Vanstone, PhD candidate
Justin Morgenstern, MA candidate
Justin Ashley, MA candidate
Jeff Rajesky, MA candidate
Sapna Sharma, Resident in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Faiza Rab, Research Assistant

Future Research Plans

I am working on research projects funded by CIHR and Genome Canada exploring public understandings of household environmental toxins and their relation to pregnancy as well as the understandings of genetic terminology.  I am also working on a new book and a new play following up on my previously co-edited book exploring the concept of a “healthy embryo” looking at social injustices regarding those who may be different from “ideal”.

Awards & Grants

Awards & Grants

Doctoral Supervision Internal Grant (DSIG) – Awarded by UWO Internal Health Sciences

Lifetime Achievement Award – Awarded by The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

Lifetime Achievement Award – Awarded by The Ontario Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Faculty Scholar Award – Awarded by The University of Western Ontario

Learning Through the Arts Awards of Excellence - Excellence in Education Award – Awarded by The Royal Conservatory of Music

Schulich School of Medicine of Dentistry Dean’s Award of Excellence – Awarded by The University of Western Ontario

Funding in support of Effects of Brominated Flame Retardants on Reproductive Health: Animal, Human, Ethical, Legal and Social Studies – Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Funding in support of Impact of exposure to phthalates, their metabolites and "green" plasticizers on male reproductive health – Awarded by CIHR

Funding in support of Characteristics, understandings and feelings of women with BRCA gene-related breast cancer who learned following mastectomy that they could have accessed genetic counseling, testing and preventative strategies – Awarded by Genome Canada

Funding in support of CIHR Training Program in Reproduction, Early Development, and the Impact on Health (REDIH) – Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Funding in support of A qualitative analysis of the ethical decision-making process used by key informants in the resuscitation of extremely premature infants, Co PI supporting Kevin Coughlin PI – Awarded by CIHR

Recent Publications


Informed Choice and PGD to Prevent "Intersex Conditions"
Nisker J
The American J of Bioethics. 2013 Oct 1; 13(10):47-49

To Stay or Not to Stay? A Grounded Theory Study of Residents' Postcall Behaviors and Their Rationalizations for Those Behaviors
Taylor TS, Nisker J, Lingard L
Academic medicine: J Association of American Medical Colleges. 2013 Aug 21

Understanding the use of “Genetic Predisposition” in Canadian Legal Decisions
Pioro M, Mykitiuk R, Finkler L, Nisker J
McGill Journal of Law and Health. 2013; 7(1):1-65

Recognizing BRCA gene mutation risk subsequent to breast cancer diagnosis in Southwestern Ontario
Vanstone M, Chow W, Lester L, Ainsworth P, Nisker J,  Brackstone M
Can Fam Physician. 2012; 58: e258-e266

Information-sharing to promote informed choice in prenatal screening in the spirit of the SOGC clinical practice guideline: a proposal for an alternative model
Vanstone M, Kinsella EA, Nisker J
J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2012; 34(3):269-75

The potential for misusing “genetic predisposition” in Canadian courts and tribunals
Mykitiuk R, Pioro M, Finkler L, Nisker J
CMAJ. 2011; 183:14:1601-1604

Efficacy of a 3-hour Aboriginal health teaching in the medical curriculum: Are we changing student knowledge and attitudes?
Zhou AW, Boshart S, Seelisch J, Eshaghian R, McLeod R, Nisker J, Richmond CAM, Howard JM
Health Educ J. 2011; 1-9

Calcedonies: critical reflections on writing plays to engage citizens in health and social policy development
Nisker J
Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. 2010; 11(4): 417-432

A measurement tool to assess culture change regarding patient safety in hospital obstetrical units
Milne JK, Bendaly N, Bendaly L, Worsley J, Fitzgerald J, Nisker J
J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2010 Jun; 32(6):590-7

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis in Canada: a survey of Canadian IVF units
Speechley KN, Nisker J
J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2010 Apr; 32(4):341-7

Dr. Cézanne and the art of re(peat)search: competing interests and obligations in clinical research
Bluhm RL, Downie J, Nisker J
Account Res. 2010 Mar; 17(2):85-95

Medical students' first clinical experiences of death
Kelly E, Nisker J
Med Educ. 2010 Apr; 44(4):421-8

Theatre and research in the reproductive sciences
Nisker J
J Med Humanit. 2010 Mar; 31(1):81-90

Socially based discrimination against clinically appropriate care
Nisker J
CMAJ. 2009 Nov 10; 181(10):764

Increasing bioethics education in preclinical medical curricula: what ethical dilemmas do clinical clerks experience
Kelly E, Nisker J
Acad Med. 2009 Apr; 84(4):498-504

Public perceptions of ethical issues regarding adult predictive genetic testing
Martin DK, Greenwood HL, Nisker J
Health Care Anal. 2010 Jun; 18(2):103-12

Genetics on stage: public engagement in health policy development on preimplantation genetic diagnosis
Cox SM, Kazubowski-Houston M, Nisker J
Soc Sci Med. 2009 Apr; 68(8):1472-80

Recruiting medical students to rural practice: perspectives of medical students and rural recruiters
Jutzi L, Vogt K, Drever E, Nisker J
Can Fam Physician. 2009 Jan; 55(1):72-3, 73.e1-4

Additional publications



Phone: (519) 685-8500, 58781
Fax: (519) 685-8783
Email: jeff [dot] nisker [at] lhsc [dot] on [dot] ca

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