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The Ethics Resource Group of the RHN

Role

The Network has added a resource group in ethics, scientific integrity and intellectual property. Its role is to:

  • be constantly up to date on the latest aspects regarding ethics, scientific integrity and intellectual property,
  • update current documentation available to members of the Network relative to ethics, intellectual integrity and intellectual property,
  • organize workshops and training programs either stand-alone or in association with other organizations for the benefit of members and students of the Network,
  • contribute to the transfer of knowledge to professionals involved in ethics in medical research in Quebec,
  • establish a network of human resources for consultation purposes when needed,
  • assist members of the Network in matters of ethics, scientific integrity and intellectual property.

Composition

The ethics, scientific integrity and intellectual property resource group is comprised of:

  • the Administrative Director of the Network (chairperson) ,
  • a research coordinator,
  • a member of a research axis.

Overview of activities and achievements

  • Regular participation since 2000 by Dr. Awissi to the annual symposium on ethics organized by the National Council of Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR),
  • Attendance to two working meetings with officials of the Commission d'accès à l'information (Access to Information Commission),
  • Preparation of the background ethics document which was submitted for legal review for the establishment of the Network Tissue Bank,
  • Contribution to the establishment and management of the Network Tissue Bank,
  • Contribution to the establishment of the tissue bank in the Department of Pathology at McGill University, which has since been transferred to that of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories at McGill University,
  • Work sessions with the Ethics Adviser of the FRQS for the production of the document that contributed to the establishment of the Network's DNA Bank,
  • Organization of symposiums on ethics and scientific integrity for the transfer of knowledge for professionals interested in ethics in medical research,
  • Production of the proceedings of the second symposium in CD and book format,
  • Assistance to members regarding ethical issues.

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