About Us

The Metaresearch and Open Science Program at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is led by Dr. Kelly Cobey. The team projects cover a range of topics including the implementation of open science, the reporting quality of research, data management and sharing best practices, research reproducibility, and patient engagement in research.

Learn more about the projects, funding, and teams below.

Research Projects

The data handling resources on this website were compiled by researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and deployed online with support from Algonquin College.

Funder: Compute Ontario

Deliverables: Four free data handling courses with certification: Data Sharing and Copyright, Managing and Sharing Tabular Data, FAIR Principles, Data Storage and Privacy

Project team members: David Moher (OHRI), Sanam Ebrahimzadeh (OHRI), Jeremy Y Ng (OHRI), Janina Ramos.

Aim: to develop a training program and related tools to embed data management best practices, including data management plan (DMP) creation and implementation, into biomedical research workflows.

Funder: Compute Ontario

Deliverables: Storytelling videos about RDM implementation from different researcher perspectives; an infographic for Research Ethics Boards as a training guide to understand their connection to DMPs, data deposit, and data access; a template for harmonized consent language for REBs for both clinical and research studies to address broad consent; four novel DMP templates and a worked example of each.

Project team members: Kelly Cobey, Anna Armond, Janina Ramos, David Moher (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)

In progress.

In progress.

Project team members: Chantal Ripp, Marc Albert, Anna Armond, Kailyn Mackinnon, Janina Ramos

This scoping review will map the frequency of patient engagement (PE) in cardiovascular research, and the extent of PE in studies that include patients in their research process. 

Project team members: Marc Albert, Kailyn MacKinnon, Kelly Cobey, Anna Armond

The objective of this study is to provide a description of national open science action plans and their characteristics, noting how they align and differ, and how they meet the mandate outlined in the roadmap for open science.

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This scoping review will map institutions and funder requirements for RDM and DMPs and content requirements for DMPs.

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Metaresearch and Open Science Team

Dr. Cobey is a Scientist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Director of the Meta-research and Open Science Program. She actively contributes to research on journalology topics, including projects related to open science and reporting quality. She is a member of EQUATOR Canada, and an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. She also presently sits on the Advisory Board of DORA (Declaration on Research Assessment) which aims to drive the use of more responsible metrics to evaluate research and researchers and serves on the Science Policy Committee for Research Data Canada.

Marc is a research coordinator with the Metaresearch and Open Science program. He recently completed his MSc. in Health Systems at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. His thesis research focused on investigating the trustworthiness of research cited in public health policy documents, with a specific focus on predatory journal citations. Throughout his master’s Marc worked closely with the BLUEPRINT Translational Research Group at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), where he contributed to several projects relating to knowledge translation. Marc has also collaborated on various projects with OHRI’s Centre for Journalology. Marc completed his BSc. in Biomedical Science at the University of Ottawa in 2021.

Kailyn is a BSc Biomedical Science student at the University of Ottawa. As part of her co-op program, she is currently working as a research assistant at the Meta-research and Open Science Program, where she leads a project on Patient Engagement in Cardiovascular Research. She is the Vice President of UIntegrate, a mental health club at the University of Ottawa that was founded out of a profound need for human connection during the pandemic. Her own interests are deeply rooted in psychology and neuroscience. Outside of work, her hobbies include yoga, snowboarding, and hockey. 

Dr. Anna Catharina Armond is a postdoctoral fellow at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Centre for Journalology. Her current research focus is on best research data management practices in biomedicine. Dr. Armond is a dentistry graduate and holds a PhD in Health Sciences in the program of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, from the University of Debrecen, Hungary. Dr. Armond has worked on several European projects on meta-research, and research ethics and integrity. She is also a co-founder of the Embassy of Good Science platform.

Chantal Ripp is a doctoral student in the Digital Transformation and Innovation Program and a research librarian at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests examine how research collaboration patterns influence how authors affiliated with federal science-based departments and agencies follow the Canadian government’s Roadmap for Open Science in open access publishing and open research data. As a research librarian, Chantal’s responsibilities include supporting data services, data literacy and outreach, and access to government information. Chantal was a member of the University’s Research Data Management (RDM) Advisory Group that lead the development of the institutional RDM Strategy published in 2023.

Camille is a medical student in clerkship at the University of Ottawa. She holds a BSc in Biochemistry and has also completed a year in Kinesiology. Her bachelor’s thesis focused on studying the lipoxygenase mediators pathway. Prior to joining the team, Camille has amassed over 10 years of experience as a pharmacy assistant. She has also previously worked with the Vitalite Health Network on clinical research with a particular emphasis on nephrology. As a bilingual individual from a rural town, Camille is interested in reducing barriers to healthcare access for rural patients.

Janina is a research assistant with the Metaresearch and Open Science Program. She completed her BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Science at the University of Ottawa, during which she completed CO-OP placements and work terms with the Centre for Journalology at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Through the Centre for Journalology she contributed to several projects evaluating training in peer review, creating educational modules on topics in publication science for the EQUATOR Network, and resources in research data management.

Mohsen is currently in his final year of medical school at the University of Ottawa. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science with a minor in Music and also completed a year of law school. He worked on research projects in emergency medicine (at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario), thoracic surgery (at the Ottawa Hospital), and at the Centre for Journalology (at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute). He has also completed a summer internship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in a Neuro-Oncology laboratory. As an aspiring clinical researcher, he recognizes the importance of evidence-based medicine that is published with scientific integrity.