All research that involves the use of human participants, animal care and use, and the handling and storage of bio-hazard materials must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate University Board or Committee before the research may commence.
The University of Calgary has two human research ethics boards, three animal care committees and one biosafety committee.
Human Research Ethics Boards:
Human research ethics applications are submitted electronically via the www.ucalgary.ca/iriss website. Please contact the proper REB Administrators listed below for more information.
- The Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (CHREB) reviews and approves research projects conducted by researchers affiliated with the University of Calgary’s Faculties of Medicine, Kinesiology and Nursing (e.g., use of facilities/resources, patients, staff and/or conducted by faculty, staff or students). The CHREB is also required to review projects that will utilize personal health information undertaken by affiliates of the University of Calgary, regardless of their Faculty affiliation. Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)
- The Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (CFREB) primarily reviews and approves research projects conducted by researchers in all other faculties. Research carried out by undergraduate students for course projects is normally reviewed by the student’s Faculty or Department ethics committee where such exist (e.g., the Faculty of Arts Research Ethics Committee) and not by the CFREB. However, if an undergraduate student is conducting research under the supervision of a faculty member (e.g., an honours thesis or directed study; a student with a PURE award or Markin award) and the research is directly related to the faculty member’s research program, then the faculty member would either 1) submit a regular application to the CFREB for ethics review and identify the student’s role in the application, or 2) submit a Modification to an existing CFREB-approved application to add the student to the research team. Contact Information: email@example.com(link sends e-mail)
Please Note: Graduate and undergraduate students must complete the Tri-Councils' Course on Research Ethics (CORE) tutorial in order to be a co-applicant on an ethics application (as a member of the research team or as a masters/doctoral thesis student pursuing supervised research). Students must upload their CORE certification into the IRISS application before the REBs can approve the application.
Animal Care Committees (ACC):
An approved animal use protocol is required for the use of vertebrate animals, and cephalopod invertebrates, in research, teaching and testing. The student cannot submit a proposal to an Animal Care Committee; only faculty members can hold Animal Care Committee certifications. It is highly recommended that students look for a supervisor that already has an existing approved animal use protocol on which the student can be added. If this is not possible, an appropriate ethics approval will need to be granted by an ACC through the regular approval processes (1-3 months).
Animal use protocols are submitted electronically via the www.ucalgary.ca/iriss website. Please contact the proper ACC Protocol Administrators listed below for more information.
- Life and Environmental Sciences Animal Care Committee (LESACC) reviews animal care and use applications for all research, teaching and testing conducted on the main campus. The LESACC also reviews any animal-based research, teaching or testing undertaken off campus by faculty from main campus, or by faculty from other institutions using University of Calgary field facilities (excluding activities related to UCVM). Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)
- Health Sciences Animal Care Committee (HSACC) reviews animal care and use applications for all research, teaching and testing conducted in the Health Sciences Complex. The HSACC also reviews any animal-based research, teaching or testing undertaken off campus by members of the Faculty of Medicine. Contact information: email@example.com(link sends e-mail)
- Vet Sciences Animal Care Committee (VSACC) reviews animal care and use applications for all teaching involving UCVM students or facilities plus all research and testing conducted by anyone at the Spy Hill campus. The VSACC also reviews any animal-based research or testing undertaken off-campus by UCVM faculty or students. Members of the larger Veterinary community of UCVM should also choose this committee. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)
Biohazards are pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, viruses & fungi), potentially infections materials (blood, cell lines and prions) as well as microbial toxins (pertussis, botulinum toxin). A Biosafety Permit is required prior to use and storage of biohazards. For more information please contact: email@example.com