Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between ethics approval and Research Program authorization? A Research Ethics Board (REB) reviews research projects to ensure the protection of human participants in research. The Research Program reviews research projects from an organizational impact perspective. The Research Program and REB reviews can be concurrent. Institutional authorization from the Research Program is not issued until after ethics approval has been received, and is the last approval required prior to researchers initiating their projects or project amendments at TBRHSC.

When should I contact the Research Program? You should contact the Research Program:

  • If you have an idea for a research study and require assistance with project development
  • If your project is developed and you are submitting an ethics application to a Research Ethics Board
  • If your project is under review with the Research Program and you would like a status update
  • If your project changes at any time (including changes to the protocol, study-related documents, local implementation strategy, or the research team)
  • When your project receives annual re-approval from the REB of Record
  • When your project is complete and a closure report has been acknowledged by the REB of Record
  • If you are a stakeholder and would like further information regarding a project taking place at TBRHSC
  • If you have any questions or require assistance
How long does the Research Program review take? The length of the Research Program review depends on the nature of the project and the degree of impact to TBRHSC. Generally, projects such as clinical trials experience longer reviews as requirements differ from those of other projects such as retrospective chart reviews. Researchers are advised to provide any required documents or clarifications requested by the Research Program promptly to ensure efficiency in reviews. My project is undergoing ethics review and approval through the Lakehead University Research Ethics Board; do I still require Research Program authorization? Please submit your fully-developed project to the Research Program for us to determine this. My project is undergoing ethics review and approval through the Clinical Trials Ontario ethics review system; do I still require Research Program authorization? Please submit your fully-developed project to the Research Program for us to determine this. My project does not involve any staff, patients, equipment/facilities and data/personal health information at TBRHSC; do I still require Research Program authorization? Please submit your fully-developed project to the Research Program for us to determine this. Who do I contact if I am interested in research support services? Please contact Shalyn Littlefield, Clinical Research Services Development Coordinator littlefs@tbh.net, with any questions regarding available support services for researchers. Who do I contact if I have ethics questions? Please contact Laurel Knowles, TBRHSC Research Ethics Officer tbr_reo@tbh.net, with any ethics questions