IWK Research Ethics Board
Research, along with education and clinical care are the three essential activities of the Health Centre. The Research Ethics Board (REB) serves to assist members of the research community to conduct ethically acceptable research involving humans.
All research that involves human subjects, their information or their tissue, requires review and approval by the REB before it may begin. Research proposals are assessed for ethical acceptability using regional and international guidelines. The IWK Health Centre Research Ethics guidelines and operating procedures provide direction in regard to research involving IWK families and personnel. Since research ethics is a continually evolving subject, these guidelines may be modified from time to time. It is the responsibility of the reader to ensure that they are using the most recent version.
The REB Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) also provides important information on the Board's operations and requirements of investigators and research staff. The SOP's should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.
The ROMEO Research Portal
The IWK has partnered with NSHA in the implementation of the ROMEO Research Portal. This latest edition of the Research Services database provides researchers and study team members, including co-investigators, research coordinators, and other study staff, the ability to see and manage the submission and approval process for their research studies. Through a single login, you may review all existing projects underway at the IWK or NSHA.
Access the ROMEO database through the Researcher Portal
System Features Include:
Investigators May Choose to Attend the Research Ethics Board (REB) Meetings
To facilitate the review process investigators may volunteer to come to the REB to briefly present their REB submission. This can be particularly helpful with unique or complex projects. Simply contact the research ethics office 10 days prior to the meeting to be added to the agenda.
Investigators are invited to make a short (10 minutes) informal presentation of the research study and REB Members may follow-up with a few clarifying questions. The REB review and Summary of REB issues will follow in the usual manner. Investigators will not be in attendance during the review of their submissions.
Guidelines and Templates
Ongoing Study Activities
REB Reviewers' Tools
REB Meeting Dates
Research Ethics Contacts
Research Services Office
Dr. Richard B. Goldbloom Research
Kathleen Leadon, Director, Research Operations
(902) 470-8037 (Phone)
Joanne Street, Ethics Coordinator
(902) 470-7879 (Phone)
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The IWK Health Centre is respected for its world-class research into disorders and diseases affecting women, children, youth and families and is home to many leading research centres.
Learn more about our research centres by visiting one of the links below.