Office of Research Ethics

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

The Office of Research Ethics 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.

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
April 2019April 2019April 2019
May 2019May 2019May 2019
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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

Khuram Farrukh (Carly MaGee on leave)
Interim Research Ethics Officer
905 688 5550 x3035
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