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Panel Members

Dr. Peter Venner

Dr. Peter Venner is inaugural Chair of the Research Ethics Review Committee of the College of Physicians of Alberta. This committee provides ethical review for physicians in private practice not associated with the three major research ethics committees in the province. Prior to this role, he was a member of the ethics committees at the Alberta Cancer Board and the University of Alberta.

Dr. Venner brings a number of years of experience related to research ethics and in his present position deals with issues relating to clinical research in non-academic institutions. Some examples of these issues that need to be addressed are: issue of remuneration of researchers conducting clinical trials and research subjects participating in them, the role of placebo controlled trials. He also believes that the development of a nationally accepted informed consent form would lead to a much more efficient and acceptable process of ethics review.