Connect with HREBA, protect participants
Apply by sending us your updated resume and letter describing your interest in health research or research ethics.
What a community member does
As a community member of HREBA, your role is to help ensure the information that will be provided to research participants, such as the consent forms that patients need to sign before participating in a study, is accurate and easily understood.
Community members will be asked to assess research projects from an ethical perspective, reflecting on the likely reaction of research subjects, to actively participate in discussions with other Board members, and to provide feedback in the design of HREBA documents and procedures.
Why community members are important
Community members, whether they are members of the general public or people who have participated in health research, play a vital role in helping HREBA’s committees review important aspects of a research study.
They help to provide HREBA’s committees with the viewpoint of the research participants and help make their voices heard.
Patients and caregivers bring an important perspective gained from their unique experience and knowledge of either living or caring for someone with a condition or illness, as well as from their experience with treatments and/or health related research.
No scientific background needed
Community members are not expected to understand the science behind the studies; that’s the responsibility of the scientific members of the committee. All members of HREBA work together to simplify the research study protocols, so everyone can understand what the study is about and what is expected of the research participants.
Becoming a member is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the ethical review of health research, to be exposed to leading edge of research development in Alberta, and ensure that Albertans who are involved in health research are treated with respect, dignity, and are freely informed of their participation.
Members will take part in a mentorship process, and will be trained to gain a deeper understanding of health research ethics.
Members receive honoraria for participation and are reimbursed for expenses related to meeting attendance.
- The positions are for three-year terms (2015-2018) and can be renewed.
- Members attend in-person at monthly committee meetings, either in Calgary or in Edmonton, with the two sites being connected via video conference.
- Community members can expect review two to three applications per month; the monthly commitment for review time and meeting time may total approximately six hours.
The Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta – HREBA
HREBA is a provincial board managed by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions. it consists of the following three committees:
- The Cancer Committee (CC) reviews all cancer-related research in the province.
- The Community Health Committee (CHC) reviews research, with the exception of cancer-related research or clinical trials, conducted in the community by researchers from all disciplines; and
- The Clinical Trials Committee (CTC) reviews clinical trials, with the exception of cancer-related trials, conducted in the community by physicians or other qualified health professionals.