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Research Integrity

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Definition of research integrity

The use of honest and verifiable methods in proposing, performing, and evaluating research and reporting research results with particular attention to rules, regulations, guidelines, and commonly accepted professional codes or norms.
Source: The Office of Research Integrity

At The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), we are committed to producing the highest quality research to benefit children everywhere. Integrity in research is critical, and we are actively engaged in fostering a culture of research integrity as our Research Institute continues to flourish and diversify.

Who we are

The SickKids Research Integrity Office (RIO) is responsible for providing integrity education and resources to the organization. Under the auspices of the RIO, the Research Integrity Advisor assists the Chief of Research and the Senior Management Team in promoting the highest levels of research integrity across the organization.

The Research Integrity Advisor also oversees inquiries and investigations, including appointing expert members to inquiry and investigation committees.


The Research Integrity Office is aligned with the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research, which outlines the policies and requirements related to the grant application and management process, performing research, and disseminating results, as well as the processes that institutions must follow in the event of an allegation of a breach of one of the Tri-Councils’ policies.  

The following policies are particularly relevant to research integrity at SickKids:

Contact Us

Questions or concerns on matters of research integrity can be directed to:

James Ellis, PhD
Research Integrity Advisor, SickKids
Email:  jellis@sickkids.ca