Clinical Trials Committee  |  Membership

This list is current as of 16 March 2023

Name Role and Primary Specialty City
Cheryl Currie, PhD Scientific (Quantitative / Qualitative methodology) Lethbridge
Sunil Desai, MD (Vice Chair) Scientific (Pediatric Hematology, Oncology) Edmonton
Ann Marie Dewhurst, PhD Non-Scientific (Ethics) Edmonton
Xiangning Fan, MD Scientific (Occupational Medicine) Edmonton
Carlos Flores-Mir, DDS Scientific (Dental) Edmonton
John Kennedy, MD, FRCPC Scientific (Psychiatry, Geriatrics, Neuropsychopharmacology) Lethbridge
Yume Kobayashi, BN Scientific (Nursing) Edmonton
Debbie Mallett Non-Scientific (Community Member) Edmonton
Albert Mehl, MD Scientific (Pediatrics) Black Diamond
Jodi Parrotta, MA, CCRP Non-Scientific (Regulations) Edmonton
Nimesh Patel, MPH Scientific (Quantitative Methodology) Lethbridge
Neelan Pillay, MB.ChB. Scientific (Neurology) Calgary
Azadeh Nikoo Rajaee, MD, MHE, FRCSC Scientific (MD, General Surgery) Edmonton
Loralee Robertson, BSc, MLT Dipl. Community Member Edmonton
Francine Swanson, BA LLB(H) Non Scientific (Law) Calgary
Joan Turner, PhD Scientific (Oncology, DNA repair/ Genetics, Radiation Biology) Edmonton
T. Edward Vant (Ted), MD Scientific (Family Medicine) Calgary
Brent Windwick, LLM, QC Law (Health Law) Edmonton


The HREBA Clinical Trials Committee is constituted and operates in accordance with the:
– Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2);
– Alberta Health Information Act (HIA);
– Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Guidelines of the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH);
– Health Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations (FDR), Part C, Division 5.

The committee is registered with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), IRB # 00001209.

The HREBA-CTC is one of three committees which comprise the HIA-designated Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta. Since the three committees operate as one Research Ethics Board, members from one committee may attend another committee’s meeting when their expertise is required. This ensures that members in attendance have the specific expertise, relevant competence and knowledge necessary to provide an adequate research ethics review of the proposals under consideration.

The majority of the committee members are Canadian citizens or permanent residents under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Members named as Principal Investigators or Co-investigators on a study that is under review do not participate in discussions related to, nor vote on, such studies when they are presented; this applies to initial and continuing reviews.

A pdf version of this list, as well as previous lists, are available here.