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Research and Innovation


University research is governed by policies and practices that ensure the protection of research participants, researchers (faculty, students, and staff members), the university, and the public. These policies and practices cover research involving humans, the use of animals, controlled goods, and hazardous materials, among others.

Please note that research may not begin before all University approvals/certifications, institutional requirements, or governmental authorizations are obtained.

Individual researchers, in addition to being governed by internal policies and procedures, may be governed by external ethical guidelines imposed by professional associations such as the Canadian Psychological Association or the Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as the guidelines of Canadian and other regulatory agencies, such as the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

All funded or unfunded research involving humans, animals, or controlled goods undertaken at Ryerson University facilities and conducted by Ryerson University faculty, students, and staff is subject to review and approval.


Every Thursday - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, YDI-1123, 11th floor, 1 Dundas Street West

Alternate Tuesdays - 9:30am to 11:30am
Student Learning Centre, SLC-515, 5th floor, 341 Yonge Street
September 18, 2018
October 2, 2018
October 16, 2018
October 30, 2018
November 13, 2018
November 27, 2018

Please drop in if you have any questions.
No appointment necessary.


NEW REB Office Hours for Aboriginal/Indigenous Research

Have an idea for a project involving Aboriginal/Indigenous peoples? Want to discuss how to move forward in a good way? Riley Kucheran (Ojibway, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg) is available on: 

Alternate Thursdays - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, YDI-1123, 11th floor, 1 Dundas Street West
April 5, 2018
April 19, 2018
May 3, 2018
May 17, 2018
May 31, 2018
June 14, 2018
June 28, 2018
July 12, 2018
July 26, 2018
August 9, 2018


Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation 
1 Dundas Street West, 11th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z3

Zakiya Atcha
Research Ethics Coordinator
(Ethics, Animal Care, Controlled Goods)
416-979-5000 ext. 4841

Toni Fletcher (on leave)
Research Ethics Coordinator
(Ethics, Animal Care, Controlled Goods)

Farid Pesteh, BA
Research Ethics Administrator
416-979-5000 ext. 2963

Patrizia Albanese, Ph.D.
Chair, Research Ethics Board
Professor of Sociology,
416-979-5000 ext.  6526

Asher Alkoby, LL.B., Ph.D.
Vice Chair, Research Ethics Board
416-979-5000 ext. 2491  

Research Ethics Board

The Research Ethics Board (REB) approves, rejects, proposes modifications to, or terminates any proposed or ongoing research involving humans that is conducted by faculty, staff, or undergraduate students of the university so as to protect research subjects and ensure that research is conducted in an ethical manner. No research on humans shall be undertaken without the prior approval of the REB.

The REB shall:

  • Interpret and apply the Tri Council Policy Statement and relevant legislation.
  • Establish guidelines and procedures consistent with the Tri Council Policy Statement and relevant legislation.
  • Facilitate research by consulting with and assisting researchers.

Patrizia Albanese, Ph.D.

Arts (Sociology)

Asher Alkoby, LL.B., PhD

Ted Rogers School of Business Management (Law & Business)

Toni Fletcher (on leave) REB Coordinator
Zakiya Atcha REB Coordinator
Farid Pesteh REB Administrator 
Danielle Christie Career Boost Student
Alexandra Fiocco Arts (Psychology)
Todd Girard Arts (Psychology)
David Day Arts (Psychology)
Chris Macdonald Ted Rogers School of Management (Business Ethics)
Michael Baumtrog Ted Rogers School of Management (Business Management)
Daniele Bertolini Ted Rogers School of Management (Law)
Bernie Murray Communication and Design (Dean's Office)
Joyce Smith Communication and Design (Journalism)
Aurelia DiSanto Community Services (Early Childhood Studies)
Susan Preston Community Services (Social Work)
Richard Meldrum Community Services (Occupational Health & Safety)
Esther Ignani Community Services (Disability Studies)
Restiani Andriati Digital Media Projects
Sarah Sabatinos Science (Chemistry & Biology)
Jeff Yokota Engineering and Architectural Science (Aerospace Engineering)
Karthi Umapathy Engineering and Architectural Science (Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering)
Amy Desjarlais First Nation Technical Institute / Community Services (Social Work)
Naomi Eichenlaub Ryerson University Library and Archives
Erin (Lindsay) Croal Graduate Student (Nursing)
Jeanine Lane Graduate Student (Psychology)
Riley Kucheran Graduate Student (Communication & Culture) / Indigenous 
Melissa Iazzi Graduate Student (Molecular Science)

Bailee Malliviore

Graduate Student (Psychology)

Ethige Nilushi De Silva

Undergraduate Student (Nursing)
Hunter Currie  Undergraduate Student (Philosophy)
Scott Gavura Pharmacologist 
Nazanin Ayon  Criminology
Sumit Bhatia Digital Media
Bryanna Hines Early Childhood Studies
Tess Sheldon Human Rights Law
Andrew Willis Business Management
Nancy Walton Past Chair / Ethicist (Nursing / E-Learning Director)
Arts (Psychology)