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Animal Research Ethics

The Animal Care Committee at Concordia University of Edmonton was established to safeguard the welfare of animals involved in any and all research and teaching at the university.

Concordia University of Edmonton holds that scholarly integrity and trust are vital to the responsible conduct of research. It is committed to ensuring the ethical and humane use and responsible care of animals in research, teaching and testing. Concordia regards the use of animals in research, teaching and testing as a privilege, not a right.

Animals are used only for valid scientific studies with a reasonable expectation of obtaining knowledge for the potential benefit of people and/or animals. Concordia is committed to ensuring the highest possible standards in the care, well-being, quality of life and use of its animals in accordance with applicable laws, the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines and policy statements, and the Tri-Agency Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions.

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ACC Terms of Reference & Committee Members

Members of the Animal Care Committee include:

Xin ChenChairScientific/faculty memberJuly 1, 2020 – June 30, 2024
Jenna CongdonMemberScientific/faculty memberJuly 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Matthew ChurchwardMemberScientific/faculty memberMarch 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024
Craig WilkinsonMemberVeterinarianJuly 1, 2020 – June 30, 2028
Thea ComeauMemberInstitutional member who is not involved in animal use for research, teaching, or testingJuly 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Paulo MorgadinhoMemberRepresenting community interests and concerns (with no affiliation with institution) who has not been significantly involved in animal use for research, teaching, or testingSeptember 15, 2023 – June 30, 2026
Evan LabonneMemberStudent representationJuly 1, 2022–June 30, 2024
Devin HughesMemberTechnical staff representationJuly 1, 2020 – June 30, 2024
Julia SaporitoCoordinatorProvides administrative support to ACC on animal use protocols, CCAC requirements and ACC processesex-officio
Judy Kruse University Secretaryex-officio

The Animal Care Committee is seeking community members to sit on the committee.  Please contact animalcare@concordia.ab.ca if you are interested in participating in this Concordia committee.

Contact Info: CUE’s Research Ethics Unit & ACC

For all queries related to animal research ethics, please contact CUE’s Research Ethics Unit at animalcare@concordia.ab.ca