The Clinical Trials Committee (CTC) protects the public by enabling scientific and ethical review of research proposals submitted by registered Alberta physicians who are conducting research involving human subjects.The CTC assesses research proposals submitted by Alberta physicians and provides scientific and ethical feedback to investigators.
The CTC must approve each proposal before it can proceed. All research must be in compliance with laws and other requirements for research involving human subjects.

Please note:

  • All new protocols submitted to the HREBA-CTC after February 25, 2014 must be through IRISS.
  • For existing open studies, you must provide the HREBA-CTC office with hard copy versions of any revisions, changes, or request.


Thank you to Dr. Kirk Barber

It is with regret that we announce the resignation of Dr. Kirk Barber as Chair of the HREBA – Clinical Trials Committee (CTC) effective June 1st, 2016.

Dr. Barber has dedicatedly worked with the Clinical Trials Committee (formerly the Research Ethics Review Committee) since 2002 and has been the Chair since 2004. He has led the CTC with grace, humour and wisdom. Over the years, he has been instrumental in spearheading discussions related to ethics harmonization in Alberta.

Recruitment for a new CTC Chair is currently underway. In the interim, the current vice-chairs, Dr. Sunil Desai and Dr. Carol Rowntree, will serve as co-chairs to ensure the CTC process runs without interruption.

We wish to thank Dr. Barber for his dedicated service to research ethics in Alberta, and for guiding the Clinical Trials Committee; we wish him good luck in all his future endeavors.

The Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta

External View Access

To assist researchers whose studies also require approvals from Alberta Health Services (AHS) or Covenant Health for the use of their resources for research purposes (e.g., facilities, equipment, staff, patients or their records and systems), the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA) at Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) is allowing AHS and Covenant Health access to the IRISS system. Access is being granted in order to facilitate applicable organizational approvals. This new agreement will streamline processes and eliminate duplication, resulting in greater efficiency. Please note this does not apply to purchasing AHS lab services for study purposes, as there are separate service provider agreements that are to be completed.  More information is in this document. 



Marcia Escaravage
Ethics Coordinator

Direct: 780-429-7654
Toll free: 1-877-423-5727 ext. 218