Lawrence (Larry) Felt held a Phd from Northwestern University in Sociology with specialization in health, social policy and quantitative risk assessment. He taught at McGill University, the University of Toronto, and Memorial University. His research and teaching career included work in health policy, social epidemiology as well as wild food harvest, management and utilization, and collaboration of Labrador Inuit people in Labrador. Trained in a wide range of qualitative as well as quantitative research designs, he was the author of over 70 academic articles and chapters, numerous reports and opinion pieces and the editor or co-editor of five books. An appointee to Memorial University's original Research Ethics Board, and the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR). He served as its Chair from April 2007 to July 2011. In July 2011 he was also appointed Chair of the Provincial Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA) that is mandated to provide ethical review for all health research undertaken in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Felt's latest work involved comparative investigation of aboriginal, particularly Inuit, and university research ethics review boards to better understand each group's construction of reality and knowledge -- and through this understanding ensure that objectives, expectations and cultural values of each are acknowledged and respected.
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