Office of Research Ethics

Brock’s Bioscience and Social Science Research Ethics Boards are recruiting faculty members

These dynamic volunteer boards provide a unique opportunity to gain insight into human research ethics. The REBs are responsible for reviewing and assessing protocols for research involving human participants within the University or under University auspices. The REBs ensure that the physical safety and personal integrity of human participants in research are respected and protected by interpreting and applying the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2) and relevant legislation. We are currently looking for Faculty members to serve a two-year term.

Interested applicants should submit:

  • A current C.V. and a copy of their TCPS2 CORE Tutorial.

If interested, please send your completed application to reb@brocku.ca by Monday, August 3, 2020. Please note that all applicants from health related faculties (e.g., Health Sciences) will now serve on the Bioscience board, while all applicants from social science and behavioural faculties will serve on the Social Science board.

For more information, please contact the Research Ethics Office at reb@brocku.ca.

Information about the REB can be found here.

 

Vice-President, Research Statement on the Functioning of REBs and Research Ethics Office During Unforeseen Circumstances

On Friday March 13, Brock University announced the suspension of in-person course delivery for the balance of the Winter 2020 academic semester, as well as the cancellation of inessential university travel and events at least until June 1, 2020. These decisions were made in response to the public health situation created by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11.

This letter signals the activation of the provisions of the guidelines on the functioning of the REBs and Research Ethics Office during unforeseen circumstances, as drafted and approved by the Brock University Research Ethics Boards.

The guidelines in question anticipate conditions of pandemic. They contemplate mild, moderate, and severe circumstances, and relate these categories both to ongoing projects having REB approval, and to new projects for review. The current recommendation is a hybrid that reflects the character of the current institutional environment and wider health concerns.

Continue reading Vice-President, Research Statement on the Functioning of REBs and Research Ethics Office During Unforeseen Circumstances.

For questions concerning research ethics during the pandemic, see the “Research” section in Frequently Asked Questions of Brock University’s coronavirus information site.

Brock University is committed to the responsible and ethical conduct of research.

The Office of Research Ethics (ORE) is responsible for the ethical oversight of research involving human participants. The Office provides centralized administrative and educational functions related to research ethics review. All human participant research conducted under the auspices and/or jurisdiction of Brock must receive ethics clearance from one of Brock University’s Research Ethics Boards (REB) prior to the start of the project.

The REB/ORE continues to monitor the situation and has implemented the provisions of the guidelines on the functioning of the REBs and Research Ethics Office during unforeseen circumstances, as drafted and approved by the Brock University Research Ethics Boards will be in operation. At present, the REB/ORE is functioning at full capacity and does not anticipate any significant delays in processing new (delegated review) applications or renewals, although face-to-face meetings of the REBs have been cancelled. For files requiring full-board review, procedures will be determined on a case-to-case basis in consultation with researchers. We will advise researchers of any change to the usual processing time frame promptly, as necessary.

Important notice for faculty, students and staff conducting human participant research

The Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (SRCR), on behalf of the federal research agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC), has launched the TCPS 2 (2018). This is the 3rd revision of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, 2nd edition. TCPS 2 (2018) replaces TCPS 2 (2014) as the official human research ethics policy of the Agencies.

A summary of changes is provided at: http://www.pre.ethics.gc.ca/eng/policy-politique_tcps2-eptc2_changes.html.For more information on the TCPS 2 (2018), visit the new Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) website or contact the Office of Research Ethics (reb@brocku.ca)

About Brock’s Research Ethics Boards (REBs)

Brock’s Research Ethics Boards (REBs) are empowered to ensure that all research involving humans conducted under the auspices or within the jurisdiction of Brock University is ethical, and is conducted in accordance with this policy. As such, a REB may accept, reject, or propose modifications to any proposed or ongoing research that is subject to REB review, pursuant to Brock standards. A REB also has the authority to suspend any ongoing research under its purview that is deemed to pose an unacceptable risk of harm to participants or in which the principal researcher has not complied with Brock University policies and procedures related to the ethical conduct of research involving humans. A decision of a REB to disallow research on ethical grounds, unless reversed on reconsideration by that REB, may only be reversed through the REB appeal process. Decisions shall be final and binding in all respects for any appeal of an REB decision.

The Brock University Research Ethics Office (REO) provides centralized administration associated with the REBs and the research ethics operation at Brock, and develops and delivers educational programs and materials to Brock students, staff, and faculty involved in human research.

Brock University has two Research Ethics Boards:

The Bioscience Research Ethics Board (BREB) is responsible for ethics review and policy development related to research involving:

  • physiological measures such as EEGs, heart rate, GSR, temperature, blood pressure, respiration, vagal tone, x-rays, MRIs, CT or PET scans;
  • ingestion or other use of food, beverages, food additives, or drugs, including alcohol and tobacco;
  • medical techniques or therapies, including experimental medical devices; physical exertion beyond normal walking; physical movement in participants who have medical vulnerabilities (e.g., spinal cord injury, osteoporosis);human tissue samples (e.g., blood, saliva, urine);
  • interventions with the potential for physiological effects (e.g., diet and exercise); and/or
  • use of medical or official health records (e.g., hospital records).

The Social Science Research Ethics Board (SREB) is responsible for ethics review and policy development related to all other research involving human participants.

Below is a list of the major forms and templates that may need to be completed before proceeding with research involving humans. For further information or if you have questions, contact reb@brocku.ca or call 905-688-5550, x3035.

Bioscience Research Ethics Board

BREB Meeting Schedule for Winter 2019

  • January 11 in MC D350-L
  • February 14 in MC D350-L
  • March 14 in MC D350-L
  • April 10 in MC D350-L
AgendasMinutesDecision Reports
July 2018July 2018July 2018
August 2018August 9, 2018August 2018
August 22, 2018
September 2018September 2018September 2018
October 2018 (cancelled)October 2018October 2018
November 2018November 2018November 2018
December 2018December 2018December 2018
January 2019January 2019January 2019
February 2019February 2019February 2019
March 2019March 2019March 2019
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June 2019June 2019June 2019

Social Science Research Ethics Board

SREB Meeting Schedule for WINTER 2019

  • January 14 in MC D350-L
  • February 11 in MC D350-L
  • March 11 in MC D350-L
  • April 8 in MC D350-L

*Applications for Full Board Review should be submitted 10 working days prior to a scheduled meeting

AgendasMinutesDecision Reports
July 2018July 2018July 2018
August 2018 (cancelled)August 2018August 2018
September 2018September 2018September 2018
October 2018 (cancelled)October 2018October 2018
November 2018November 2018November 2018
December 2018December 2018December 2018
January 2019January 2019January 2019
February 2019February 2019February 2019
March 2019March 2019March 2019
April 2019April 2019April 2019
May 2019May 2019May 2019
June 2019June 2019June 2019

Contact us

Undergraduate and course-based research

Carly MaGee
Research Ethics Officer
reb@brocku.ca


Graduate and faculty research, policy, and compliance

Lori Walker
Manager, Office of Research Ethics
905 688 5550 x4876
lori.walker@brocku.ca