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Panel Members

Dr. Susan Sykes

As Director of the Office of Research Ethics at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Sykes is responsible for oversight of all human and animal research conducted by University of Waterloo's researchers. She has extensive experience with the ethics review process for human research and in the development of related guidelines, procedures and educational programs for students and faculty at the University of Waterloo. She has presented similar workshops and sessions at other institutions and conferences.

Dr. Sykes believes that a Canadian system of guidelines and accountability in human research must include all sectors of the research community including humanities, social and behavioural sciences and biomedical areas. A member of the University of Waterloo's Human Research Ethics Committee and of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB) Interim Working Group, Dr. Sykes has great appreciation of the issues facing Canadian Research Ethics Boards, and provides an interface between CAREB and the Panel. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Health Studies and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo and currently teaches fourth year undergraduate courses in Psychology.