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Research Ethics Board (REB)



Updates & Notices

IWK Responsible Conduct of Research Policy

The Responsible Conduct of Research policy establishes expectations for the responsible conduct of research at the IWK and outlines processes for handling allegations of research misconduct.


CITI Online Courses Now Available for IWK Researchers and Staff

In conjunction with our Network of Network (N2) membership, we are now able to offer the Collaborative Institutional Train Initiative (CITI) online training courses customized for Canadian researchers.

  • Good Clinical Practice
  • Health Canada Division 5
  • Responsible Conduct of Research – Life Sciences & Physical Sciences
  • Biomedical Research Ethics
  • Social & Behavioral Research/span>
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Registration is free at

Courses are comprised of modules that may be completed over time. Completion of required modules with an average of 80% will provide a certificate of completion meeting regulatory requirements for training, for example, ICH-GCP or Health Canada Division 5.

Citi Program Guidelines


The ROMEO Research Portal

The IWK REB uses the online ROMEO Research Portal for the management of ethics applications and grant/award applications. The Research Portal provides researchers and study team members including co-investigators, research coordinators, and other study staff, the ability to see and manage the submission and approval process for their research studies. Through a single login, you may review all existing projects underway at the IWK and NSHA.


If you require an Investigator Profile to gain access to ROMEO, please take a few moments to fill out the form below. Note that we process the forms Monday to Friday (8am-4pm), please plan ahead.

New User - Registration Request

The IWK has several user guides to help with the management of your study:

ROMEO Training:

If you would like to schedule a training session on using the Research Portal, please email Joanne Street at


If you have any questions regarding ROMEO and the Research Portal, please contact Joanne Street, Ethics Coordinator, Research Services at 902.476.3523 or


Message to the IWK Research Community

Investigators may be invited to the Research Ethics Board (REB) Meetings:

To facilitate the review of Full Board REB Submissions, Principal Investigators (or their designate) may be invited to attend the REB meeting. Investigators will be notified of the time and location of the REB meeting 10 days prior to the meeting date if their attendance is requested.

Investigators will be invited to make a short (10 minute) informal presentation of the research study and REB members may follow-up with a few clarifying questions. Additionally, investigators may volunteer to come to the REB to briefly present their REB submission. This can be particularly helpful with unique or complex projects. Simply contact the research ethics office 10 days prior to the meeting to be added to the agenda.

The REB review and Summary of REB Issues will follow in the usual manner. Investigators will not be in attendance during the review of their submission.

The IWK Research Ethics Board:

Research, along with education and clinical care, are the three essential activities of  IWK Health. The Research Ethics Board (REB) serves to assist members of the research community to conduct ethically acceptable research involving humans.

All research that involves human subjects, their information or their tissue, requires review and approval by the REB before it may begin. Research proposals are assessed for ethical acceptability using regional, national and international guidelines. The IWK Health Research Ethics guidelines and operating procedures provide direction in regard to research involving IWK families and personnel. Since research ethics is a continually evolving subject, these guidelines may be modified from time to time. It is the responsibility of the reader to ensure that they are using the most recent version.

The REB Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) also provides important information on the Board's operations and requirements of investigators and research staff. The SOP’s should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.

Guidelines, SOP’s and Related Notices are regularly updated.



Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2)

TCPS2 Tutorial

CITI Online Courses: Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP), Health Canada Division 5, etc.

Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP), Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network (MICYRN) 


Committee Membership

IWK Research Ethics Board (June 2021)

  • Christopher Blackmore, MD – Co-Chair – Clinical Researcher, Pediatric Surgery
  • Eleanor Fitzpatrick – Co-Chair – Clinical Researcher, Nursing
  • Jill Hatchette, PhD – Consulting Scientist (Lead – Education and Ethics)
  • Victoria Allen, MD – Clinical Researcher, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Jehier Afifi, MD – Clinical Researcher, Neonatal Pediatrics
  • Janet Curran, PhD – Clinical Researcher, Nursing
  • Kellie Davis, MD – Clinical Researcher, Medical Genetics
  • Carol Digout – Researcher, APPHON
  • Bryan Fader – Lay Representative
  • Zara Forbrigger – Research Assistant, Research/Hematology/Oncology
  • Isabelle French – Legal Representative, Dalhousie University
  • Shannan Grant, PhD – Clinical Researcher, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics
  • Daddy Mata-Mbemba, MD – Clinical Researcher, Diagnostic Imaging
  • Mari Somerville, PhD - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dalhousie University
  • Megan Thomas, MD – Clinical Researcher, Developmental Pediatrics
  • Francois Tremblay, MD – Clinical Researcher, Pediatric Ophthalmology

Research Site Map


Contact Us

IWK Health Research Services
5850/5980 University Ave
PO Box 9700
Nova Scotia, B3K 6R8

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