Clinical Trials Committee  |  Membership

This list is current as of 1 May 2024

Name Role and Primary Specialty City
Alex Alexander, MD, PhD Scientific (Bioinformatics, Machine Learning and Adaptive Computations) Edmonton
Cheryl Currie, PhD Scientific (Quantitative / Qualitative methodology) Lethbridge
Brenda Davis, PhD (Chair) Law / Privacy Edmonton
Sunil Desai, MD (Vice Chair) Scientific (Pediatric Hematology, Oncology) Edmonton
Xiangning Fan, MD Scientific (Occupational Medicine) Edmonton
Carlos Flores-Mir, DDS Scientific (Dental) Edmonton
Yume Kobayashi, BN Scientific (Nursing) Edmonton
Debbie Mallett Community Member Edmonton
Albert Mehl, MD Scientific (Pediatrics) Black Diamond
Jodi Parrotta, MA, CCRP 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
Melisa Spaling, CCRP, MEd, BEd, BA Community Member Edmonton
Joan Turner, PhD Scientific (Oncology, DNA repair/ Genetics, Radiation Biology) Edmonton
Fatima Unwala, MD Scientific (Family Medicine) Edmonton
Brent Windwick, LLM, KC Law (Health Law) Edmonton
Don Zeman, PhD, RPsych Scientific, Ethics 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. To see a full list of the HREBA Membership click here.

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.