Vincent Couture, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at Université Laval. He teaches ethics applied to nursing and health. He is a regular researcher at the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec—Université Laval, with a dual affiliation to the axis Population Health and Best Health Practises and the axis Reproductive Health of Mother and Child. His research program revolves around the ethics of care applied to the beginnings of life.

Mapping Ethical Issues Related to Advance Paternal Age

In most societies parental age at birth is increasing. This phenomenon has been well studied in women, but what about men? An increasing number of studies tend to show an association between the father’s advanced age and negative health outcomes for the child. In this context, this research project aims to shed light on the nature of the responsibility of future fathers of advanced age in relation to their reproductive decisions.

Study the Use of Palliative Care During the Perinatal Period

The disclosing of a prenatal genetic diagnosis with a poor prognosis is a particularly demanding situation for future parents. This project seeks to explore the possibility of providing palliative care at the birth of the child. We are more specifically interested in the social, psychological and ethical dimensions associated with this difficult decision-making for future parents.

Explore the Contribution of Arts to Bioethics

How to share the results of bioethics research to the general public? One of the avenues that we are exploring consists in creating hybrid events that mobilize knowledge transfer in bioethics and aesthetic experimentation.

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Pennings G, Couture V, Ombelet W

Social sperm freezing.

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Hum Reprod, 36 (4), 2021.

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Couture V, Delisle S, Mercier A, Pennings G

The other face of advanced paternal age: a scoping review of its terminological, social, public health, psychological, ethical and regulatory aspects.

Journal Article

Hum Reprod Update, 27 (2), 2021.

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Couture V, Noury M

[Art(bio)ethics: new relationships between bioart and bioethics.]

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J Int Bioethique Ethique Sci, 30 (4), 2019.

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Voarino N, Couture V, Mathieu-Chartier S, Belisle-Pipon JC, St-Hilaire E, Williams-Jones B, Lapointe FJ, Noury C, Cloutier M, Gauthier P

Mapping responsible conduct in the uncharted field of research-creation: A scoping review.

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Account Res, 26 (5), 2019.

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Couture V, Drouin R, Moutquin JM, Monnier P, Bouffard C

Reproductive outsourcing: an empirical ethics account of cross-border reproductive care in Canada.

Journal Article

J Med Ethics, 45 (1), 2019.

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Couture V, Drouin R, Moutquin JM, Bouffard C

Cross-border preimplantation genetic diagnosis.

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Reprod Biomed Soc Online, 6 , 2018.

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Couture V, Belisle-Pipon JC, Cloutier M, Barnabe C

Merging arts and bioethics: An interdisciplinary experiment in cultural and scientific mediation.

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Bioethics, 31 (8), 2017.

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Williams-Jones B, Couture V, Boulanger R, Dupras C

Imagining Truly Open Access Bioethics: From Dreams to Reality.

Journal Article

Am J Bioeth, 17 (10), 2017.

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Couture V, Bélisle-Pipon JC, Laliberté M

Art+Bioéthique : quand la recherche en bioéthique quitte les murs de l’université

Journal Article

BioéthiqueOnline., 5 , 2016.

Bouffard C, Duplain-Laferrière F, Couture V

Stigmatization, disability and identity in the context of ethnomedical ethics

Journal Article

Ethics Med Public Health, 1 (3), 2015.

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Active projects

  • Observatoire international sur les impacts sociétaux de l'intelligence artificielle et du numérique, from 2018-04-01 to 2024-03-31
  • Pôle d’expertise et de recherche en santé et bien-être des hommes, from 2018-06-01 to 2022-05-31
  • Protéger et Engager les populations vulnérables dans le développement des modèles prédictifs en soins de santé primaires pour IA inclusive, diversifiée et équiptable (PREMIA), from 2021-07-01 to 2024-06-30
  • Une boussole morale pour l'utilsation de l'intelligence artificielle et des données massives en santé des populations: prototypage d'un outil d'aide à la réflexion pour les citoyens, from 2020-02-03 to 2022-03-31
  • Une COMmunauté VIrtuelle de Patient•es et citoyen•nes (COMVIP) : un panel inclusif et multigénérationnel pour une utilisation optimale du numérique et de l'IA en santé, from 2020-09-01 to 2023-08-31

Recently finished projects

  • Art, Bioethics & Artificial Intelligence: « Al-ship » or the New States of Being, from 2019-03-22 to 2021-03-21
  • Démarrage nouveau chercheur - V. Couture, from 2018-05-01 to 2020-04-30
  • Expériences parentales entourant l'annonce d'un disgnostic anténatal avec pronostic réservé : regard sur le processus informationnel et décisionnel vécu et ses conséquences, from 2020-01-01 to 2021-03-31
  • PROJET PENSÉE Processus informationnel et dEcisionnel en coNtexte de diagnoStic AntÉnatal à pronostic résErvé, from 2020-08-27 to 2020-12-19
  • Recherche en périnatalité (fertilité, soins palliatifs périnataux et dépistage génomique prénatal) , from 2019-08-29 to 2020-03-31
  • Une horloge biologique pour les hommes? Enjeux éthiques de la paternité à un âge avancé, from 2020-01-22 to 2021-06-21
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