Meet Melissa Sidhu
August 20, 2018
Name: Melissa Sidhu
Title & Department: Research Ethics Coordinator, Women’s College Hospital Research Ethics Board
On the WCH team for: 4 years
1. What does your typical work day look like?
A typical work day at the WCH Research Ethics office involves engaging with WCH research investigators and their staff to ensure that all research activities involving human participants or human materials, being conducted within or on behalf of Women’s College Hospital, meet current scientific, regulatory, and ethical standards for the protection of human research participants in accordance with the Tri-Council Policy statement: Guidelines on Research Involving Human Subjects 2 (TCPS 2).
2. What excites you the most about working at WCH?
What excites me most about working at the WCH Research Ethics Board (REB) is having the privilege to oversee the innovative research that takes place every day at Women’s College Hospital.
3. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience?
My work for the REB helps WCH research scientists and clinicians provide a positive experience for patients who choose to participate in research studies at WCH. The REB assists WCH researchers with any ethical concerns and considerations in their research activities to ensure patient safety and satisfaction.
4. Tell us one (or three) thing(s) that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
- I was actually born right here at Women’s College Hospital.
- I am an organ donor (I donated 65% of my liver to my younger brother in March 2011 at Toronto General Hospital).
- Several years ago I was a research participant in a research study at Toronto General Hospital.