General

Research Advisory Board

RAB Terms of Reference & Membership

The Research Advisory Board (RAB) provides the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives, with counsel on a wide variety of matters relating to the University of Toronto’s research enterprise. The RAB includes Vice-Principals, Research, Vice/Associate-Deans, Research and Vice-Presidents from across the disciplines on all three campuses and the affiliated hospitals.

Terms of Reference

The Research Advisory Board is representative of the research enterprise across University of Toronto campuses and hospitals. It is not intended, nor feasible, to include delegates from every research unit or discipline.

  1. Appointment to the RAB is made by the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) with advice from the President and Provost. It is advisory to the VPRI.
  2. The RAB will be the leading venue for discussion, advice, and guidance on the strategic research issues and directions of the university.
  3. The RAB will address all aspects of the research enterprise across U of T campuses and hospitals including basic and applied research, knowledge translation, commercialization, and industry and community relations.
  4. The RAB will play a leadership role in liaison on research and commercialization matters with federal and provincial governments and their agencies.
  5. The RAB will provide advice and guidance on U of T’s strategic international research activity and presence, in the context of the university’s overall international strategy.
  6. The RAB will advise on the use of effective performance indicators that describe the differentiated position of U of T as a research-intensive university and communicate these to various stakeholders.
  7. The RAB will advise on the formulation and implementation of an effective communication strategy for research at U of T.
  8. The RAB will strike subcommittees, task forces and specialty groups of various types, from time to time, to facilitate the implementation of its activities.

Chair

Leah Cowen
Vice-President, Research, and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives
Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Members as of 1 September 2022

Joshua Barker
Dean, School of Graduate Studies and
Vice Provost, Graduate Research and Education

David Brennan
Associate Dean, Research,
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

Renée Brost
Chief Administrative Officer,
Division of the Vice President, Research and Innovation

Elsbeth Brown
SSHRC Leader, Interim Associate Vice Principal Research
University of Toronto Mississauga

Judith Chadwick
Assistant Vice-President, Research Services
Division of the Vice President, Research and Innovation

Timothy Chan
Associate Vice President and Vice Provost, Strategic Initiatives
Division of the Vice President, Research and Innovation, and Provost

Brenda Cossman
Chief of Research
Faculty of Law

Irena Creed
Vice-Principal, Research,
University of Toronto Scarborough

Stark Draper
Interim Vice-Dean, Research,
Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

Barbara Fallon
Associate Vice President, Research
Division of the Vice President, Research and Innovation

Lori Ferris
Associate Vice-President, Research Oversight and Compliance
Division of the Vice President, Research and Innovation

France Gagnon
Associate Dean, Research,
Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Alison Keith
Director, Jackman Humanities Institute
Faculty of Arts and

Mark Lautens
NSERC Leader
Faculty of Arts and Science

Morris Manolson
Associate Dean, Research
Faculty of Dentistry

Kelly Metcalfe
Associate Dean, Research & External Relations
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Alex Mihailidis
Associate Vice-President, International Partnerships
Division of the Vice President, Research & Innovation, and International

Partha Mohanram
Interim Vice Dean, Research, Strategy, and Resources
Joseph L. Rotman School of Management

Kent Moore
Vice-Principal, Research,
University of Toronto Mississauga

Derek Newton
Assistant Vice President, Innovations, Partnerships & Entrepreneurship
Division of the Vice President, Research and Innovation

Nasim Niknafs
Associate Dean, Research
Faculty of Music

Justin Nodwell
Vice-Dean Research and Graduate Education
Faculty of Medicine

Michele Peterson-Badali
Associate Dean, Research,
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Micheline Piquette-Miller
Associate Dean, Research
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Matt Ratto
Associate Dean, Research
Faculty of Information

Stephannie Roy
Director, Strategic Engagement and Office of the Vice President
Division of the Vice President, Research and Innovation

Sean Thomas
Associate Dean, Research,
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Vince Tropepe
Vice-Dean, Research
Faculty of Arts & Science

Dale Turner
Academic Adviser on Indigenous Research
Division of the Vice-President and Provost

Tania Watts
CIHR Delegate; Professor, Department of Immunology;
Faculty of Medicine

Tim Welsh
Interim Associate Dean, Research,
Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education

Joe Wong
Vice President, International
Division of the Vice President, International

Brad Wouters
Executive Vice President, Science and Research, University Health Network;
Professor, Radiation Oncology Faculty of Medicine