Human Ethics

The University of Manitoba is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of humans participating in research studies.

All research projects involving humans conducted at, or under the auspices of the University of Manitoba, require prior ethics review and approval by a Research Ethics Board (REB).

There are 5 Research Ethics Boards at the University of Manitoba. Applications to the Education/Nursing, Psychology/Sociology and Joint-Faculty REBs are administered through the Fort Garry Campus Human Ethics Office.  Applications to the Health and Biomedical REBs are administered through the Bannatyne Campus Research Ethics Board Office.

HUMAN ETHICS RESOURCE COMMITTEE (HERC)

HERC membership includes the 5 REB Chairs, the Research Quality Management (RQM) team, and the Associate V-P (Research).  HERC has been meeting regularly over the past year to facilitate and improve communication between REBs and members of the Research Community.  The Ethics of Research involving Human Subjects has recently been revised by HERC and awaits final approval/posting.   Researchers are encouraged to contact the respective REB offices with questions or assistance, as needed.


FORT GARRY CAMPUS

Research Ethics Board

There are three Research Ethics Boards (REB) on the Fort Garry campus:
Education/Nursing REB – Education, Nursing, Kinesiology and Recreation Management, Extended Education, Engineering.
Psychology/Sociology REB – Psychology, Sociology, Counselling Service, Social Work, Asper School.
Joint-Faculty REB - Remaining faculties and departments.
Meeting Schedule of REBs and Applicable Deadlines (Fort Garry Campus)


REB Forms and Guidelines

Protocols may be submitted for ethics at any time. If the research involves minimal risk and does not require a full board review, the review process can be completed normally within three weeks. If, however, the protocol requires full board review, it must be submitted before the submission deadline of the relevant REB.

Complete list of REB Forms, and Guidelines (Fort Garry Campus)

All applications should be sent to the Human Ethics Coordinator:

Margaret (Maggie) Bowman
Coordinator - Human Ethics
CTC Building
208 - 194 Dafoe Road
(204) 474-7122
(204) 269-7173 (fax)
Margaret.Bowman@umanitoba.ca

Submissions emailed from a valid UM account do not require a signature on the title page. Student researchers should ensure that their Research Supervisor indicates his or her approval of the application by either (a) sending a separate email to this effect or (b) faxing a signed copy of the title page. Student applications will not be considered without such approval.

 

BANNATYNE CAMPUS

There are two Research Ethics Boards (REBs) at the Bannatyne Campus:

    •  Biomedical Research Ethics Board (BREB)

    •  Health Research Ethics Board (HREB)

The BREB reviews all research ethics protocols involving clinical trials and other biomedical research interventions. The HREB reviews research from the Bannatyne campus involving the behavioral sciences, surveys, examinations of medical records and protocols of generally lesser risk.

Members of the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy, the affiliated teaching hospitals, their associated research foundations and the School of Medical Rehabilitation can submit their protocols to the appropriate REB at the Bannatyne campus.

(Note: In addition to the Bannatyne campus protocols, the BREB and HREB will review any protocols that may be referred by the REBs on the Fort Garry Campus.)

REB Submission Requirements and Forms (Bannatyne Campus): Though an online application process is in development, at the present time, applications to Bannatyne REBs can only be submitted in hard copy.

For additional details please refer to the Bannatyne Research Ethics website.

 


As of September 1, 2011, researchers applying to a University of Manitoba Research Ethics Board for research involving humans must include a certificate of completion from the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) online tutorial,  TCPS 2: Course on Research Ethics (CORE).


STUDENT RESEARCHERS

All student researchers must have a faculty supervisor who approves their research, provides supervision and signs their ethical protocol submission form. Students use the same forms, and apply to the same REB as their faculty supervisor. Student researchers should submit their protocols via email from their University of Manitoba email address. Their faculty supervisor's signature should follow by either email or fax.


All Fort Garry applications should be sent to Margaret (Maggie) Bowman, Human Ethics Coordinator. Click here for mailing information.

Submissions emailed from a valid UM account do not require a signature on the title page. Student researchers should ensure that their Research Supervisor indicates his or her approval of the application by either (a) sending a separate email to this effect or (b) faxing a signed copy of the title page. Student applications will not be considered without such approval.

Bannatyne Applicants