Dr. Fern Brunger

B.A (Hons), M.A., Ph.D

Professor of Health Care Ethics
Division of Community Health and Humanities

Contact Information:

Room - 4M208
Phone - 709 864-6677
Fax - 709 777-7382
Email - fbrunger@mun.ca

Twitter - @FernBrunger



Fern Brunger is Professor of Health Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. She is a medical anthropologist and ethicist with an active research agenda at the interface of bioethics and anthropology. She examines science, medicine, and bioethics as cultural systems, considering culture in its relation to power.

Dr. Brunger is a member of Memorial University’s Bioethics Group, teaching ethics in undergraduate and postgraduate medicine and in the Master of Health Ethics (MHE) programme. She provides graduate supervision and education to PhD, MSc and MHE students in the Division of Community Health and Humanities

Along with the other ethicists in Bioethics Group, Dr. Brunger serves as a clinical ethics consultant to the province’s regional health authorities, through the Provincial Health Ethics Network of Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Brunger has had a long standing interest in and commitment to advancing research ethics in the province and nationally. She has contributed to various national and provincial working groups and policy statements on research ethics, including CIHR’s Privacy Best Practices and Guidelines for Health Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples. She served as a member of CIHR’s Standing Committee on Ethics and the Institute Advisory Board of Research Excellence, Policy and Ethics. She was a member of the board of the National Council for Ethics of Health Research (NCEHR) and chaired its Emerging Issues Analysis Committee. Provincially, she was a member of the Health Research Ethics Authority Transition Team that established the innovative centralized provincial Health Research Ethics Board, including chairing the board for its first 7 years of operation. For that work, she was recognized with Memorial University’s Marilyn Harvey award for research ethics in 2016.

Research and teaching interests include: critical social studies of science, medicine and bioethics governance of research that poses collective (community, humanity) risks; nationalism and identity politics.