The University of Lethbridge is committed to maintaining high standards, and requires that all research, teaching, and testing conducted by its members conform to the highest ethical and scientific standards with respect to the use of animals, human subjects, radioisotopes and biohazards. Any research, teaching or testing conducted using University facilities, or undertaken by individuals connected to the University involving animals, human subjects, radioisotopes, and biohazards must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate University Committee.
As a signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Roles and Responsibilities in the Management of Federal Grants and Awards with the federal granting agencies, namely the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the University of Lethbridge is required to withhold access to funding for research using human participants or animals until ethics approval has been granted by the appropriate review committee. Funds may be released, on a pro-rated basis, if the activities involving human participants or animals will only take place in a future fiscal year and the methodology still needs to be determined. The University has in place a two-stage process for the release of agency funding for research projects prior to ethics review.
For research involving animals or human subjects, contact:
Susan Entz, Ethics Officer
Office of Research Ethics
Phone: (403) 329-2747
For research involving radioisotopes or biohazards, contact:
Carolin Cattoi-Demkiw, Occupational Health & Safety Officer and Radiation Safety Officer
Risk & Safety Services
Phone: (403) 329-2350
Cellular: (403) 332-2350