Ethics Boards

Research Ethics Boards (REBs) are independent committees established by the University and in partnership with its affiliated hospitals and research institutes.

Acting on behalf of these institutions, REBs are authorized to review the ethical acceptability of research and to approve, reject, propose modifications to, or terminate any proposed or ongoing research involving human participants. 

UBC’s REBs are independent of the parent institution(s) in their decision-making, and they are required to operate free of inappropriate influence, including situations of real, potential or perceived conflict of interest. The parent institution(s) may not override REB decisions concerning the ethical acceptability of a study.

UBC’s REBs meet all requisite criteria for an authorized research ethics board, pursuant to the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2 2014), the International Conference on Harmonization Good Clinical Practice Guidelines (ICH-GCP) and the requirements of the US Department of Health and Human Services, as set out in the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, 45CFR Part 46, sub-part A. 

The mandate of the REBs at UBC is:

"To assist the University and its affiliated hospitals and agencies to create a research environment in which human subjects are protected and to ensure responsibilities are discharged according to the relevant ethical standards, by promoting awareness of research ethics amongst faculty, staff and students, by independently reviewing research studies in accordance with the guiding ethical principles of the Tri-Council Policy Statement, and to put into place mechanisms for the protection of human participants in ongoing research conducted under the auspices of the University of British Columbia."

UBC BEHAVIOURAL RESEARCH ETHICS BOARD (BREB)

Consists of two panels (A and B) that review behavioural or social science/humanities research, and research which may involve the study of patients or health care providers. Behavioural studies are not clinical and do not involve invasive procedures. They do include research involving interviews, observations, and the administration of questionnaires or tests.

Alanna Dyck, BREB Review Coordinator (leave replacement)
The BREB Review Coordinator advises researchers on BREB policies and expectations, and coordinates the review of applications.
Ph: 604-827-5112; Email: alanna.dyck@ubc.ca

Nadia Rad, BREB Senior Administrative Coordinator
The BREB Senior Administrative Coordinator coordinates the review of applications and post approval activities.  She also advises researchers on the BREB's administrative processes and decisions.
Ph: 604-827-5114; Email: nadia.rad@ors.ubc.ca

Wendy Bond, Research Ethics Coordinator, Compliance
The Research Ethics Coordinator works half time with the BREB. She advises researchers on BREB policies and expectations, and assists in the review of applications. She also maintains the BREB website.
Ph: 604-822-4581; Email: wendy.bond@ors.ubc.ca

Maria Valente, BREB Review Coordinator (maternity leave)
The BREB Review Coordinator advises researchers on BREB policies and expectations, and coordinates the review of applications.
Ph: 604-827-5112; Email: maria.valente@ors.ubc.ca 

UBC Behavioural Research Ethics Office
#102, Technology Enterprise Facility III
6190 Agronomy Road Campus map
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Fax: 604-822-5093

UBC CLINICAL RESEARCH ETHICS BOARD (CREB)

Reviews research involving clinical interventions such as the testing of drugs, medical devices and rehabilitation exercise programs, and/or the analysis of clinical data obtained from medical records or studies of a clinical nature involving the linkage of data from existing databases.

Reviews clinical research conducted at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority sites, including UBC Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital and GF Strong.

Pia Ganz, CREB Manager
The CREB Manager oversees the functioning of the CREB staff and Board, monitors ethical review process standards, and advises on compliance with ethics policies. 
Ph: 604-875-4149; Email: pia.ganz@ors.ubc.ca

Elmira Chan, Pre-Post Review Manager
The CREB Pre-Post Review Manager is responsible for managing the review of new full-board applications and associated deferral/proviso responses, post-approval activities, and general inquiries. 
Ph: 604-875-4111 ext. 68918; Email: elmira.chan@ors.ubc.ca

Anita Lillquist, Ethics Review Coordinator
The CREB Ethics Review Coordinator is responsible for the review of new minimal risk applications and associated proviso responses, post-approval activities, and general inquiries. 
Ph: 604-875-4167; Email: anita.lillquist@ors.ubc.ca

Svitlana Franchuk, Administrative Assistant
The CREB Administrative Assistant is responsible for handling incoming general inquiries, minimal risk post-approval activities, SAEs, and fee payment. 
Ph: 604-875-4111 ext. 68917; email: svitlana.franchuk@ors.ubc.ca

UBC Clinical Research Ethics Office
Room 210, Research Pavilion
828 West 10th Avenue Google Map 
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L8

UBC OKANAGAN BEHAVIOURAL RESEARCH ETHICS BOARD (UBC-O BREB)

The Okanagan REB reviews behavioural research conducted by investigators on the Okanagan campus that would otherwise be reviewed by the UBC Behavioural REB. Please check the board website for exact details regarding meeting dates and submission deadlines. 

Lisa Shearer, Associate Manager, BREB
The Associate Manager deals with general inquiries regarding research ethics and coordinates the review of applications.
Ph: 250-807-8289; e-mail: lisa.shearer@ubc.ca

Website

BC CANCER AGENCY RESEARCH ETHICS BOARD

The BC Cancer Agency REB reviews research conducted at the BC Cancer Agency. Visit the Board webpage for details on meeting dates and submission deadlines.

Kristie Westerlaken, BCCA REB Manager
Queries related to REB administration, policies, ethical review standards, and fees.
Ph: 604-877-6284; E-mail: Kristie.Westerlaken@bccancer.bc.ca

Naama Rozen, BCCA REB Coordinator
Queries related to specific research projects.
Ph: 604-877-6289; E-mail:  reb@bccancer.bc.ca

Evani Goll, BCCA REB Coordinator
Queries related to specific research projects.
Ph: 604-877-6223; E-mail: reb@bccancer.bc.ca

Jessica Gagliardi, BCCA REB Coordinator
Queries related to specific research projects.
Ph: 604-877-6283; E-mail: reb@bccancer.bc.ca

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CHILDREN'S & WOMEN'S REB

The Children's & Women’s REB reviews research conducted at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Visit the Board webpage for details on meeting dates and submission deadlines.

Jennie Prasad, C&W REB Manager
Ph: 604-875-2441; Email: jprasad@bcchr.ubc.ca
Jennie manages the C&W REB review process.

Farin Meralli, C&W REB Manager, Pre and Post Review
Contact Farin for queries relating to pre-review of applications, post-review documentation of REB decisions, responding to inquiries from the REB chair prior to review of your application, and policies, standards and REB administration requirements.
Ph: 604-875-2000 ext. 5396; Email: fmeralli@bcchr.ubc.ca

Talysa Dhahan, C&W REB Administrative Coordinator 
Please contact Talysa for queries relating to screening of post-approval activities and submissions and pre-review of renewal applications.
Ph: 604-875-3103; Email: tdhahan@bcchr.ubc.ca

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PROVIDENCE HEALTHCARE REB

The Providence Health Care REB reviews research being conducted at Providence Health Care sites, including St Paul’s Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospitals, Holy Family Hospital, Youville Residence and Marion Hospice. Visit the Board webpage for details on meeting dates and submission deadlines.

Julie Hadden, PHC REB Manager, Manager Ethical Reviews
Contact Julie for queries relating to policies, standards, REB administration inquiries.
Ph: 604-682-2344 ext. 63496; Email: jhadden@providencehealth.bc.ca

Nesa Kruse, PHC REB Manager, Pre and Post Review
Contact Nesa for queries relating to pre-review of applications, post-review documentation of REB decisions, post-approval activities and general inquiries. 
Ph: 604-806-8567; Email: nkruse@providencehealth.bc.ca

Alex Trethewey, PHC REB Manager, Pre and Post Review
Contact Alex for queries relating to pre-review of applications, post-review documentation of REB decisions, post-approval activities and general inquiries. 
Ph: 604-806-8567; Email: atrethewey@providencehealth.bc.ca

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