Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations and whose presence continues to enrich our community. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. HREBA respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on traditional territory of the Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8 First Nations*; home to Métis Settlements, the Métis Nation of Alberta, and Regions 2, 3 and 4 within the historical Northwest Métis Homeland. We respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community. We see value in gathering as community and are reminded of the responsibility we have to one another.

*Specific Treaty 6, 7, and 8, First Nations are: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation.

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Guidance during COVID-19 Outbreak

In light of the COVID 19 outbreak, the Alberta REB’s advise investigators to consider if their research protocols could be modified or delayed, to limit personal contacts, laboratory visits or trips into clinics and hospitals. Specifically, in some research settings in-person participant interactions could be reduced and/or replaced with telephone or online communication. Considerations include the nature of your protocol, the type of participants engaged in the research, and any additional risk that may arise by switching from in-person to virtual communication. Click the title above for more information.

2022 Committee Meeting Dates

The 2022 meeting dates and deadlines have been posted for all committees. Note that changes to dates and/or deadlines are denoted in red.

Board of Record Agreement

As of August 1, 2019, investigators submitting to any of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA) committees will be required to have an official agreement appointing HREBA as their Board of Record. For investigators conducting research in Alberta through private practice, other community-based organizations (both for and not-for profit), or Universities outside of Alberta, a signed Board of Record Agreement will be required before approval certificates will be released. Click the title above for more information.

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HREBA’s Three Committees

The three committees of HREBA work together as one board. For a full list of all HREBA members, please click here.

Cancer Committee »

Cancer Committee »

The HREBA-CC provides ethical review and oversight for all cancer and cancer-related research involving humans (1,2).

Clinical Trials Committee »

Clinical Trials Committee »

The HREBA-CTC provides ethical review and oversight of clinical trials involving humans (1,2), with the exception of cancer, conducted by community-based/private practice physicians or other qualified healthcare professionals.

Community Health Committee »

Community Health Committee »

The HREBA-CHC provides ethical review and oversight of research involving humans (1,2), with the exception of cancer and clinical trials, conducted by community-based investigators and/or organizations (both for and not-for profit). The committee also provides ethical review for non-research projects (e.g. quality improvement, program evaluation) that are of higher risk, involve vulnerable populations, or areas of sensitivity.

(1) Research involving humans includes both adult and pediatric populations, their information and/or samples.

(2) This includes both research that involves or does not involve health information as defined by the Alberta Health Information Act (HIA).


The Institutional Research Information Services Solution

HREBA’s three committees manage all ethics submissions and reviews through the IRISS on-line platform.

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