Research Ethics

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Welcome to the online support hub for research ethics at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Here, you will find everything you need to know about the ethical conduct of research at Sunnybrook, as well as information about resources and services to help you. If, after browsing through these pages, you have questions, please contact any one of the research ethics office team members and we will be happy to assist.

Check back often for updates, as more content is being added regularly.

Research ethics, as part of Human Research Protections Program, coordinates and supports the practices and activities of Sunnybrook's research ethics board (REB). The mandate of Sunnybrook's REB is to ensure all health research involving human participants or human materials that is conducted within or on behalf of Sunnybrook meet the current scientific, regulatory and ethical standards for the protection of human research subjects. To this end, the REB ensures that safeguards are in place to provide the greatest possible protection to patients and members of the community who act as research participants.

You are encouraged to contact research ethics for guidance with completing REB applications or for clarification regarding any information posted on the research ethics web pages.

To speak with the REB chair or vice-chair, please contact the research ethics manager or one of the coordinators.

Research Ethics Office Team

Keitha McMurray
416-480-6100, ext. 88120 Executive Director, Research Integrity and Clinical Research Services
Chris Zehr 

416-480-6100, ext. 88144 Manager, Research Ethics
Catherine Parry
416-480-4276 Coordinator, Research Ethics
  416-480-6100 x2477 Coordinator, Research Ethics
Dr. Brian Murray 416-480-6100, ext. 88144 Chair, Research Ethics Board
Lisa Di Prospero 416-480-6100, ext. 88144 Vice-Chair, Research Ethics Board

Research Ethics 
Human Research Protections Program                                                                                      
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room C8 23 or C8 27
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Please note: There is no elevator access to C8. Take the C-wing elevator to the seventh floor, and go through the exit door to the stairwell and up one flight of stairs to the eighth floor.



CTO is leading the movement for a single ethics review for multi-centre clinical research in Ontario. It’s all part of enhancing the climate for clinical research in Ontario.