Training and Resources

Animals in Research

Detailed training information is provided in the University’s Animal User Training Guide.

Successful completion of the University of Toronto lecture module along with relevant species-specific and/or procedure-specific training modules is mandatory for all animal users (i.e. principal investigators, graduate students, research assistants/technicians, post-doctoral fellows and animal care personnel) prior to handling live animals for teaching or research purposes. All animal users must also be listed on an approved animal use protocol (AUP) (click here for more information about protocol submission).

The training requirements include an online Ethics and Regulations module that covers animal use in research and teaching. In addition to the Ethics and Regulations component, there are species-specific biomethodology (e.g. mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs) modules.  Animal users must successfully complete all modules relevant to their tasks and to the species used, along with knowledge and competency assessments.

Note: Training for one species (e.g. mice) is not transferable to work with other species (e.g. rats). 

Additional training is required for procedures such as chronic surgery, anesthesia (chronic or acute, using inhalant or injectable agents), and for work with chemical, radiation or biological agents.

Training is provided through the Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM).  For more information and/or to register for training, please visit the DCM training website.


Humans in Research


One of the mandates of the Office of Research Ethics is to educate the research community on research ethics and ethics review. The following training is currently available:

Online Training

All online training has sound; please ensure your computer speakers are turned on.  If you experience problems viewing the videos in Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox, please view the videos using Google Chrome. (Download Google Chrome)

Tips for Writing a Human Ethics Application
(Approx. 5 min. long)
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Risk assessment: Risk matrix of group vulnerability and research risk (scroll down to ‘Full Board and Delegated Review’ section)

U of T Data Security Standards

   –Guide for Informed Consent Documents

Post Approval Review Program: Human Research
(Approx. 4 min. long)
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Data Protection
(Approx. 19 min. long)
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capturePasswords and Encryption
(Approx. 21 min. long)
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In-Person Training

Research Ethics 101 Lecture: One to three-hour program available to all interested departments, upon request

Research Ethics Seminar: The ORE is pleased to lead guest sessions in graduate seminars across the university. Please contact Dean Sharpe (Social Sciences and Humanities) or Daniel Gyewu (Health Sciences) if you would like to arrange a session.

Faculty/Graduate Research Ethics Workshop: Conducted twice per year, separated by discipline. To gauge the number of registrants, please register ahead of time for the Health Sciences and/or the Social Sciences and Humanities workshops.

Research Ethics in the Health Sciences
Schedule – FALL 2017
Date Time
Health Sciences Thursday, November 23 10 am – 12 pm
Health Sciences Friday, November 24 2 pm – 4 pm
Health Sciences Monday, November 27 10 am – 12 pm
Schedule – WINTER 2018
Date Time
Health Sciences Tuesday, February 13 2 pm – 4 pm
Health Sciences Wednesday, February 14 10 am – 12 pm
Health Sciences Thursday, February 15 2 pm – 4 pm

Please register for research ethics in health sciences here. These health sciences workshops cover the same topics but are offered at different times.

Research Ethics in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education
Schedule – FALL 2017
Date Time
Social Sciences, Humanities, & Education Thursday, November 23 2 pm – 4 pm
Social Sciences, Humanities, & Education Friday, November 24 10 am – 12 pm
Social Sciences, Humanities, & Education Monday, November 27 2 pm – 4 pm
Schedule – WINTER 2018
Date Time
Social Sciences, Humanities, & Education Tuesday, February 13 10 am – 12 pm
Social Sciences, Humanities, & Education Wednesday, February 14 2 pm – 4 pm
Social Sciences, Humanities, & Education Thursday, February 15 10 am – 12 pm

Please register for Research ethics in social sciences, humanities, and education here.

Location: All workshops will be in the McMurrich Building, Rm. 107 (12 Queen’s Park Crescent W.)

Workshops will include a presentation with opportunity for questions and discussion, covering:

  • history and principles behind research ethics review
  • procedures under the Tri-council Policy Statement (TCPS)
  • U of T‘s risk matrix for assessing participant vulnerability and research risk
  • free & informed consent, privacy & confidentiality, conflict of interest, inclusion/exclusion criteria
  • questions relating to specific projects (e.g., in classroom, field, or international settings) and methods (e.g., focus groups, interviews, participant observation, internet-based studies).

Previous Workshop Slides

  • Social Sciences, and Education Workshop slides are available here.
  • Health sciences slides are not distributed in advance.

For further information, please contact Dean Sharpe or Daniel Gyewu.


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