January 24th, 2002
on the Road
November 7, 2002 Regional Meeting
Webpage for May 12, 13, 2003
The Regional Golden Triangle meeting had 14 institutions so that would be about $900 per institution. Limiting each institution to 8 attendees would put the average cost per attendee at $110. Another option would be an additional half day for researchers so the total would be $18,000.
It can take anywhere from 2 - 4 months from the initial request date to set up an IRB 101 presentation, which would place us in the month of June. However, for an event of this type, late Summer/early Fall would be best in terms of the availability of the key participants.
The day was divided into morning and afternoon meetings of non-medical and medical REBs respectively. There were approximately 20 people participating in each of the two meetings, with a handful of people attending both meetings. About 1/3 of participants attending were REB Chairs, while the remaining 2/3 were administrative personnel, directors or managers supporting REBs at their institutions.
An evaluation form was distributed, but, unfortunately, it did not elicit the anticipated level of response, with only 12 people completing and handing in the form. Comments received were generally favourable. Most respondents found the opportunity to network and share information was useful. Several respondents were pleased to discover that others in the room were faced with the same concerns and obstacles, which was encouraging for them to know that they weren't alone and could feel free to call upon others in the room to offer advice and support. In future, it may be more productive to select fewer topics and engage in more focused and in-depth discussions, possibly drawing upon certain individuals possessing necessary expertise.
Even among the group that gathered for this meeting of REB Chairs and Administrators, the level of expertise and experience was widely varied, with more junior or novice participants gathering more useful information from the meeting than more senior and experienced participants.
However, I believe
this initial meeting met the overall objectives, by providing participants
with the opportunity to:
It was announced at the meeting that the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB) will soon launch a web site (hosted by the University of Western Ontario) and that further news (by-laws, interim Board, membership, regional meetings, etc.) will be announced during the March 2-3, 2002 meeting in Ottawa, hosted by the National Council on Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR).
The majority of respondents were in favour of the Southern Ontario group meeting twice a year. Most respondents preferred that REB Chairs and Administrators continue to meet together, but the REBs should continue to hold separate sessions for the medical and non-medical REBs, with an opportunity for overlapping sessions for discussion of common issues, for example, research ethics education, or the social/psychological risks of research.
The REBs associated
with McMaster University and the affiliated teaching hospitals in Hamilton
volunteered to host this first regional meeting, with the intention of
minimizing costs for those attending, so that the host institution incurs
any meeting costs, mainly the cost of food and refreshments, plus photocopying
and labour for staff involved in arranging the meeting. Participants incur
their own travel and parking costs to attend. Assuming that the regional
meetings continue in the future, the next institution to volunteer to
host a meeting would incur similar costs, and eventually each institution
would take its turn in hosting a meeting. A couple of institutions have
expressed an interest in hosting a future meeting.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the NCEHR meeting, March 2-3, 2002.
My thanks go out to everyone who attended and supported this initiative. I especially want to thank the session moderators: Michael Owen from Brock, Bill Marr from Wilfrid Laurier, Cindy Riach, McMaster, Emmi Morwald, McMaster, Marilyn Craven, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Peter McCulloch, Hamilton Health Sciences, and Marie Townsend, McMaster. Also, I extend my appreciation to Jayne Coren from Waterloo and Michael Wilson from McMaster, who each took copious notes to document the discussions. Finally, I thank the Research Ethics Boards of St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University for hosting this meeting.
Research Ethics Officer
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