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Panel on Research Ethics - Appointments and Activities

Ottawa (August 9, 2013)

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:”

Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (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).

The Presidents of the Agencies have welcomed four new members to the Panel:

Carolyn Ells is an associate professor of medicine at McGill University;

Veronica Stinson is a professor of psychology at Saint Mary’s University;

Lehana Thabane is an associate director in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology
and Biostatistics at McMaster University;

Brent Windwick is a health care lawyer and adjunct assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta.

The Panel is chaired by Jim Frideres, director of the International Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Calgary. He is currently working on a CIDA project involving higher education in Afghanistan.

Since the release of TCPS 2 (December 2010), the Panel has undertaken a number of education and implementation initiatives while continuing its work on the further evaluation of the policy. The Panel’s webinar series now includes presentations on qualitative research and multi-Jurisdictional research. Closed captioning will soon be provided for all webinars.

The Panel has added to its growing collection of responses to interpretation questions from the research community. The Interpretation section of the Panel website now features four new categories – Conflicts of Interest, Fairness and Equity, Privacy and Confidentiality, and Research Involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada. Improvements are also being made to the popular CORE tutorial that now has nearly 90,000 registered users.

The Panel is preparing to launch a consultation on proposed changes to TCPS 2 in early fall 2013. More details concerning this consultation will be posted in August.

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

Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5