Ronald J. Heslegrave, Ph.D., is currently the Chief of Research at William Osler Health System in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist in Research Ethics at the University Health Network, University of Toronto where his interest is in new models of ethics review oversight and developing new process for protecting and informing participants of research.
In late 2011, he was appointed as the Inaugural Executive Director of the newly formed non-profit corporation in Canada called Clinical Trials Ontario supported by the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. This government-supported initiative had the mandate to make the Province of Ontario a preferred location for global clinical trials. In this role he established the governance structure of the corporation, its mandate, a 5-year strategic plan, and acquired funding from the government to support the Corporation.
Prior to his current appointment and his work as an Executive Director, he has Chaired Research Ethics Boards in Canada for over 20 years in institutions that support research from areas such as cardiovascular, neurosurgical, organ transplantation, obstetrics and gynecology and especially specialized institutions in cancer, psychiatric care, geriatric and community care.
In 2003 he initiated, established and served as the inaugural Chair for eight years of the Research Ethics Board for multi-centre oncology clinical trials in Ontario. Dr. Heslegrave was also a member a Canadian Expert Panel on Scientific Integrity and has spoken on this topic at the International Congresses on Research Integrity. He is currently the ethics delegate to the Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR). He has been an International Consultant to NIH, Oxford University, Welcome Trust and the Ministry of Health in Vietnam and a national consultant on streamlining the ethics review process in Canada.
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