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New Members Appointed to the Panel on Research Ethics

Ottawa (January 18, 2011)

A message from the three federal research agencies – Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC),
or “the Agencies:”

The Presidents of the Agencies are pleased to welcome five new members to the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (the Panel). Their appointments were effective December 1, 2010.

Dr. Judith Bartlett is a Métis physician, researcher and health administrator, a faculty member in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and an adjunct scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. She has an active academic research program in the areas of indigenous health workforce and resilience, knowledge translation and population health research.

Édith Deleury is professor emeritus at Université Laval’s Faculty of Law and chairs the Commission de l’éthique de la science et de la technologie du Québec. She is also a member of the standing committee on human rights of the Barreau du Québec and has sat on several research ethics committees. She is interested in the relationship between science, ethics and law.

Dr. Deborah Fels is a professor in the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management and director of the Centre for Learning Technologies at Ryerson University. Her research interests include access to multi-media computer applications and interfaces for people with disabilities, inclusive media, web-based applications, entertainment and religious interfaces.

Dr. Lisa Given is a professor in the School of Library and Information Studies and an adjunct professor in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. Her research interests are interdisciplinary in nature, exploring the social construction of knowledge, web usability, spatial analysis, information literacy, qualitative research practices and information issues in the context of higher education.

Dr. Martin Schechter is professor and director of the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He combines his interest in clinical epidemiology and health services research with HIV/AIDS and addiction research. He is both a founder and national director of the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network.

The Panel advises the Presidents of the Agencies on the ethics of research involving humans. It also provides recommendations regarding the evolution and interpretation of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS).

These new members have joined the Panel at a dynamic period coinciding with the launch of the 2nd edition of the TCPS (TCPS 2). In 2011, the Panel will undertake education and implementation initiatives while continuing its work on policy revision.

Please visit the Panel website for additional information on TCPS 2 and the Panel on Research Ethics.

Secretariat on Research Ethics
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5