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Members

The Advisory Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research (PRCR) is composed of members drawn from across the country to represent a wide spectrum of expertise and experience in ethics, responsible conduct of research, research administration, research in the health, natural and social sciences, humanities and engineering, law, as well as the lay community. 

The members of the Panel are:

  • Marc Joanisse (Chair)
    Professor
    University Western Ontario

  • James Ellis
    Senior Scientist, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, Hospital for Sick Children
    Research Integrity Advisor, Hospital for Sick Children
    Full Professor, Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

  • Faisal Khan
    Professor
    Department Head, Process Engineering
    Memorial University

  • Lyne Létourneau
    Professor
    Université Laval
    Québec, QC

  • Robert Lipson
    Dean of Science
    Professor of Chemistry
    University of Victoria

  • E. Ann McDougall
    Professor
    Department of History and Classics
    University of Alberta

  • Janice Ristock
    Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs)
    University of Manitoba

  • Ex-officio Member:
    Susan Zimmerman
    Executive Director
    Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research

 

Marc Joanisse (Chair)
Professor
University of Western Ontario
London, ON

Dr. Joanisse is a professor at the University of Western Ontario, where he also serves as the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Psychology department. He has been at Western since 2000, studying the cognitive and brain bases of language and reading. His research spans a range of abilities, populations and techniques, but focuses in particular on the study of developmental dyslexia in children, using behavioural techniques, eye-tracking and neuroimaging.

Dr. Joanisse holds a PhD from the University of Southern California. He has previously served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research.

James Ellis
Senior Scientist, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Research Integrity Advisor, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Full Professor, Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

Dr. Ellis completed his BSc at McGill University and his PhD at the University of Toronto with Dr. Alan Bernstein developing retrovirus vectors for gene targeting.  His Post-Doctoral Fellowship studying the beta-globin Locus Control Region was mentored by Dr. Frank Grosveld in London UK. Dr. Ellis established his own research team at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1994 with a focus on gene therapy for Sickle Cell Anemia. The Ellis lab goal is to generate safe and effective retrovirus and lentivirus vectors for manipulating stem cells for molecular medicine. Stem cells silence viral vectors by compacting DNA into inaccessible chromatin structures. We study these silencing mechanisms and design vectors with insulator elements that resist silencing. We developed MECP2 vectors for gene therapy of Rett syndrome, and vectors with reporter genes that mark specific cell types. For example, our EOS vectors express specifically in pluripotent stem cells and facilitate generation of patient induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells. The Ellis team currently uses these iPS cells to model Rett syndrome and other Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis and Williams Beuren syndrome. In addition, we perform drug screens on patient iPS cell derived cells to exploit their potential to discover personalized medicines.  Dr. Ellis was appointed Research Integrity Advisor at the Hospital for Sick Children in October 2013 and organized a Research Integrity Symposium in Toronto in 2015. 

Faisal Khan
Professor
Department Head, Process Engineering
Memorial University

Dr. Faisal Khan is Professor and ValeResearch Chair of Safety and Risk Management. He is also Head of the Department of Process Engineering at Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University, Canada. His areas of research interest include offshore safety and risk engineering, inherent safety, risk management, and risk-based integrity assessment and management. He is actively involved with multinational oil and gas industries on the issue of safety and asset integrity.

In 2006, he spent a few months as risk and integrity expert with Lloyd’s Register, a risk management organization. He also served as Safety and Risk Advisor to the government of Newfoundland, Canada. He continues to serve as a subject matter expert to many organizations that include Lloyd’s Register EMEA, SBM Modco, Intecsea, Technip, and Qatargas. In 2008-2010, he visited Qatar University and Qatargas LNG Company as Process Safety and Risk Management Chair. In 2013-2014 he served as Visiting Professor of Offshore and Marine Engineering at Australian Maritime College (AMC), Australia, where he lead the development of an offshore safety and risk engineering group and an initiative of global engagement with many international institutions. His global engagement efforts led to AMC signing a Memorandum of Understanding with NTNU, Norway; ITS, Indonesia; UTM, Malaysia; and Tokyo University, Japan.

He is a recipient of the President Outstanding Research Award of 2012-2013 and CSChE National Award on Process Safety Management of 2014. He has authored over 300 research articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences on safety, risk and reliability engineering. He has authored five books on the subject. He is Editor to Journal of Process Safety and Environmental Protection, Journal of Loss Prevention, and Journal of Process Engineering. He regularly offers training programs/workshops on safety and risk engineering in different places including St John’s, Chennai, Dubai, Beijing, Aberdeen, Doha and Kuala Lumpur.

Lyne Létourneau
Professor
Université Laval
Québec, QC

Lyne Létourneau is Full Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Université Laval, where she teaches agriculture and food ethics, as well as responsible conduct of research. She holds a doctorate in law from the University of Aberdeen (2000), a Master’s degree in law (1993) and a Bachelor’s degree in law (1988) from the University of Montreal. Combining her legal background with an expertise in applied ethics, her research interests focus on the interface between regulation and ethics in agricultural biotechnology and animal protection. In addition to peer-reviewed publications on animal law and ethics, and the ethical, policy and regulatory issues raised by the genetic engineering of animals and plants, she is author of L'expérimentation animale: l'homme, l'éthique et la loi (1994), and editor of Bio-ingénierie et responsabilité sociale (2006). She was appointed as a member of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee (CBAC) from 2002 to 2007 and of the Working Committee on Nanotechnologies in Food of the Commission de l’éthique en science et technologie du Québec (CEST) from 2009 to 2011. She also was a member of the Executive Committee of the Institut d’éthique appliquée (IDEA) from 2004 to 2012. In 2014, she chaired the creation of a new graduate interdisciplinary program on agriculture, food and society, to be offered starting in 2016 by the Faculty of Agriculture and Food at Université Laval.

Robert Lipson
Dean of Science
Professor of chemistry
University of Victoria

Rob Lipson received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1985 from the University of Toronto, and did postdoctoral work in the Spectroscopy group at the National Research Council Canada. He was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario until 2010 when he joined the faculty at the University of Victoria as Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Science. Dr. Lipson has published more than 110 refereed papers in the fields of laser spectroscopy, photonics materials and applications related to interference lithography, and analytical technique development for MALDI mass spectrometry.

Dr. Lipson served as Chair of the Chemistry Department at Western from 2000 to 2005. He was a former member and Chair of the NSERC Analytical/Physical Chemistry Grant Selection Committee (2004 to 2006), and a member of the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship Selection Committee (2008 to 2010). He served as  Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry between 2004 to 2012, and is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

E. Ann McDougall
Professor
Department of History and Classics
University of Alberta

Ann McDougall joined the University of Alberta in 1986, after having received her PhD in African History (University of Birmingham, UK, 1980) and taught/held post-doctoral fellowships at Dalhousie, Duke, York and Toronto Universities. An active member of her University community, she served as: Association of Academic Staff  President, Chair of Members’ Advisory Services (each 3-year terms);  founder/Chair and Director of the Middle Eastern and African Studies Programme in the Faculty of Arts (1996-2009); General Faculties Council’s representative on Chair Selection Committees; member of Faculty, University Awards Committees –she is beginning her third term on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research’s Scholarship Awards Committee.

Nationally, she has: been President of the Canadian Association of African Studies (twice); overseen (as General Editor 2009-2010) the transformation of its 40-year old Journal to on-line production; and co-founded/officered the IDRC-supported Council of Canadian Associations of Area Studies (1998-1999 – 2006). Over the past two decades, she has served on three SSHRC Standard Grants Committees (History, Interdisciplinary Studies).

Her research interests are geographically located in North-West Africa and are conceptually shaped by questions of power and identity as played out in Saharan Islamic societies. Publications over the past decade have addressed Saharan slavery in historical and contemporary times, female slaves/slavery (especially concubines), and haratinehistory in Mauritania (where most claim freed-slave status) and in southern Morocco (where they are black cultivators). She recently completed a SSHRC-funded project (2008-2012), “The Sahara’s Invisible People: Haratine History and Social Identity,” from which an edited volume is in progress with Karthala Press (Paris).

Janice Ristock
Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs)
University of Manitoba

Dr. Janice Ristock obtained her BA (hons) at the University of Manitoba, MA in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Guelph, and PhD in Community Psychology at the University of Toronto. Before assuming the position of Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs), she served as Associate Vice-President (Research). Prior to this, she served for four years as Associate Dean (Research and Faculty Development) in the Faculty of Arts and for 12 years as the Coordinator of the Faculty’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Dr. Ristock is a Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and an Adjunct Professor in Anthropology, Family Social Sciences and Disability Studies. She is an internationally recognized community-based researcher. Her scholarly work reflects an overarching focus on community well-being and social justice, with a particular focus on the intersecting areas of gender and sexuality, interpersonal violence and HIV/AIDS and stigma.

Her research has been supported by various sources, including SSHRC and CIHR, and has been widely disseminated in refereed publications, including 6 authored and edited books, and numerous journal articles, book chapters, government reports, invited academic lectures and presentations. She has been recognized with many honors and awards, including the YWCA/YMCA Woman of Distinction, the Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Research, Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women, the University of Manitoba Outreach Award, the Faculty of Arts Outstanding Achievement Award, and a distinguished book award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association for making a significant contribution to lesbian, gay and bisexual psychology.