A new Canada-wide collaboration will develop a research ethics review process to facilitate efficient multi-site pediatric studies. Based at Queen’s University and led by Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) and the Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network (MICYRN), the Canadian Collaboration for Child Health: Efficiency and Excellence in the Ethics Review of Research (CHEER) aims to improve child health in Canada by enhancing and expediting child health research. CHEER is supported by $2.5 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), by the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and the CIHR Institute of Genetics.
“Streamlined research ethics review plays a vital role in conducting successful, efficient clinical research,” says Susan Marlin, President and CEO of CTO and Nominated Principal Investigator for CHEER. “By developing a Canada-wide approach to ethics review, we can respond more quickly to emerging health crises, strengthen our role as a global leader in pediatric research and, most importantly, move research forward more efficiently to improve child heath in Canada and beyond.”