Research ethics board volunteer retiring after 16 years of service

September 21, 2017

Dr. Francis Rolleston, a long-standing volunteer member of the Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board, is retiring after 16 years of service. As part of the ethics board he helped review clinical research studies before they began to make sure they were of good quality, collected the right information, and protected the interests of participants.

Dr. Rolleston came to volunteer at the research ethics board after a long career as a Government of Canada leader in research ethics. He undertook the work of the board with great enthusiasm, reading all the necessary material and learning from the wide variety of experts who sit on the board.

“He was extremely hardworking and enthusiastic when it came to looking at protocols and giving his opinion,” said Dr. Raphael Saginur, chair of the Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board and infectious diseases physician and clinician investigator at The Ottawa Hospital and associate professor at the University of Ottawa.

“One thing he was really good at was treating people with respect, both those he agreed with and those he disagreed with,” added Dr. Saginur. “He held views passionately, but he was always willing to listen. He will certainly be missed, and we wish him all the best.”

“Clinical research at The Ottawa Hospital is accomplished thanks in large part to the dedication of members of the Research Ethics Board,” said Nancy Camack, director of clinical research administration. “Dr. Rolleston’s commitment, dedication and long service has been a tremendous asset to The Ottawa Hospital. We are grateful to him for his incredible commitment and wish him well in his retirement.”

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