The purpose of this Policy is to uphold the values and ethics of the R2R Conference by: (i) providing clarity on the ethical standards for people participating in and/or presenting at the conference; and (ii) providing information on the ethics accountability mechanisms available to participants. 

The R2R conference organizing committee is committed to transparency, integrity and fairness in the execution of this event. Inevitably, the interests of some participants will involve other organizations or activities that may intersect with the open and transparent functioning of the conference. Participants are not prohibited from being involved in private sector activities, but participation in such activities should be declared. This policy provides information about how to declare any potential conflicts of interest, how the conference Ethics Committee manages them, as well as how to report a potential ethical issue. 


The purpose of the R2R Ethics Committee is to:

  • Develop an ethical framework, including clear criteria for ethical decision making that is free of conflict of interest, for the From Research to Reality conference
  • Develop tools and resources to manage ethics considerations before and during the conference
  • Monitor and evaluate ethics declarations and issues
  • Provide advice on the application of this framework on decision as they arise. 


Active agent. The Planning Committee is the main decision-making body of the conference. The Ethics committee is an accountability mechanism that reviews and makes recommendations on ethics issues and conflict of interest declarations.  


The Ethics Committee is comprised of not fewer than 5 members, plus the Chair, who is a member of the committee. Two members are also part of the Conference Planning Committee: Dr. Brian Rush representing CAMH and Dr. Mary Bartram from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, who contribute actively to the work of the committee, but who serve as ex officio members in the deliberation and execution of ethics-related decisions.


Sara de la Salle, PhD

Committee Members

Joseph LaTorre
Myriah MacIntyre
Amy Bartlett
Mary Bartram (Planning Committee/ ex officio)
Brian Rush (Planning Committee/ ex officio)


No fewer than one half of the total membership, and must include the Chair.

1. From Research to Reality Statement of Values

The following core values underpin the ethical standards for the conference:

  • Fostering a culture of anti-oppression and inclusivity in the psychedelic space
  • Engaging in rigorous scientific studies reflecting high-quality scholarship and research/ accountability for the information/ content people are bringing to the conference

To uphold these values, participants are required to be transparent about any conflicts of interest they may have.

2. Participant accountability mechanism

a. Conflict of interest declaration

b. “Conflict of Interest” refers to the appearance thereof, between the private interests and official responsibilities of a Member, Director, Officer, Employee or Independent Contractor. A conflict of interest shall be presumed when a participant: (i) does business with, or serves as a director, trustee, officer, employee or holder of more than 10% of ownership interests of, a private sector psychedelic company; (ii) is affiliated, either through employment or volunteer activities, with a psychedelic private sector actor: (iii) has any other formal affiliation or material interest in a psychedelic private sector actor; or (iv) could expect financial gain or loss or other personal benefit from a particular decision or engagement with the conference.
Financial Interests include, but are not limited to the following: Private sector involvement— compensation from employment, promotion, free gifts, honoria speaker fees, stock/business ownership, employer, family members. List name, dates, amounts

c. Slide template
All presenters must include a slide confirming they have no conflicts of interest, or declaring any interests they have. See Slide template. 

3. How to report potential ethics violations

a. Ethics complaint issues

i. Potential Undeclared Conflicts of Interest: Conflicts of interest are expected at R2R, and must be declared in a rigorous and transparent manner through the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form.  If you become aware of undisclosed conflicts of interest of a significant nature, please report to

ii. Equity and Diversity: Equity and diversity are central to the values of the R2R conference. Any form of discrimination is not permitted. Discrimination may pertain, but is not limited to the following: gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, and religion. At R2R, our goal is to foster an environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

ii. Academic Fraud: All works that are presented at R2R must be the author(s)’s original work. Whether or not intentional, plagiarism of any form will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to self-plagiarism and direct plagiarism of other’s work. 

iv. Other

    1. Harassment: Any form of harassment is to be reported to
    2. Health and Safety: Any activities or work that violates the health, rights or safety of attendees, presenters, or any individual involved at R2R must be immediately reported to
    3. Other issue for consideration


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