Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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CIHR, CIHR-IRSC

The Canadian government's federal agency that funds and oversees scientific research into diseases, health outcomes, and health technologies. The French Canadian version is Instituts de recherche en Santé du Canada, abbreviated IRSC. Its website is http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca.
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For instance, in some cultures oral consent is regarded as far more important than written consent (CIOMS, 1993; Medical Research Council of Canada et al., 1998).
The question of what constitutes "acceptable risk" is necessarily subjective and must be weighed carefully with consideration of the value system of the population under study (CIOMS, 1993; Medical Research Council of Canada et al., 1998).
Although there is recognition that participants' time, inconvenience, and expense should be compensated, the size of the compensation (in money or services) should not be so large as to induce enrollment from someone who would otherwise decline (Medical Research Council of Canada et al., 1998; National Commissio n for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, 1979; NIH, 1995).
(15) Medical Research Council of Canada, Guidelines for Research on Somatic Cell Gene Therapy in Humans, (Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services, 1990).
For example, the Medical Research Council of Canada's 1987 Guidelines on Research Involving Human Subjects warn against "excessive remuneration" but allow for compensation for "losses reasonably assessed ...
(26.) Medical Research Council of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada & Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (Ottawa: Public Works and Government Services Canada, 1998) at 2.8.
(2.) Medical Research Council of Canada, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Tri-Council Policy Statement on Research Involving Humans (Ottawa: Public Works and Government Services, 1998), online: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada <http://www.nserc.ca/programs/ethics/english/ethics-e.pdf> (date accessed: 18 September 2002) [TCPS].
(13.) Medical Research Council of Canada, Guidelines for Research on Somatic Cell Gene Therapy in Humans (Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services Canada, 1990) at 34-35.

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