Our Primary Purpose:
The IWK is committed to the health and well-being of women, children, youth and families. From a research perspective, the population we serve is an integral part to how we investigate, implement and evaluate how we deliver care. As important stakeholders, we are committed to our research participants by ensuring that research is carried out with their interests and safety at the forefront. The Research Review (formerly referred to as the Research Ethics Audit) is designed to ensure that as researchers we are engaging in due diligence and complying with the ethical standards laid out by the Tri-Council.
The Review process is intended to fulfill the commitment of Research Services to ensuring the safety and privacy of our research participants, but also to ensure that the IWK Health Centre (a.) consistently conducts research with high quality scientific and ethical standard, (b.) complies with the requirements that are laid out locally, nationally and internationally, (c.) maintains internal systems that are comprehensive and sensitive enough to guarantee the highest quality of ethical standards in research. The Review should not be considered a penalty but rather a quality assurance process through which both Research Services and the Research Team can benefit.
If your project is selected for audit you will receive notification several weeks in advance of the scheduled date and time. Every effort will be made to accommodation your schedule. The Principle Investigator is invited to attend the Audit session but research assistants or coordinators are also encouraged to take part.
The attached documents provide further information about the IWK REB Audit Committee and process. Feel free to contact Research Services if you have any questions.
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)
Kimberley Farmer, Administrative Assistant
(902) 470-8037 (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.
Dalhousie University Health Law and Policy Seminar Series - Of Bricks and Blood: Institutional Conscience Objections to MAID and Abortion | November 23, 2018
Dalhousie University Health Law and Policy Seminar Series - Cannabis Legislation: Past, Present and Future | January 18, 2019
Dalhousie University Health Law and Policy Seminar Series - Advance Requests for Medical Assistance in Dying: Ethical and Legal Considerations | February 8, 2019