Regional REBs in South-West Ontario

Announcing Next Regional Meeting in Toronto - November 7

Directions to St. Michael's Hospital


November 7, 2002 Meeting in Toronto 2:00 - 5:00, St. Michael's Hospital
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1. Brock University, St. Catharines
2. Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto
3. Grand River Hospital/St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener
4. Hamilton Health Sciences (Hamilton General, Henderson General, Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre, Chedoke, McMaster University Medical Centre, and Children's Hospitals)
5. McMaster University, Hamilton
6. Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
7. Ryerson University, Toronto
8. Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
9. St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton
10. University of Toronto
11. University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, and Princess Margaret Hospitals)
12. University of Waterloo
13. University of Western Ontario, London
14. Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo
15. University of Windsor
16. York University, Toronto
17. Humber River Regional Hospital
18. Guelph University
19. St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto

Dear South-West Ontario Regional REB Chairs and Administrators,

The next meeting will be on Thursday November 7, from 2:00 to 5:00 in Toronto at St. Michael's Hosptial in Toronto This will dovetail with a luncheon at St. Michael's Hospital on the same day from 12:00 to 1:00 and regional participants are invited to attend. A luncheon talk will be given by Dr. Laurie Morrison, Director of Research, Toronto Land and Ontario Air Ambulance Base Hospital Programs, who will speak about the ethical issues related to conducting research in the pre-hospital setting involving critically ill patients. The location for this talk is the Paul Marshall Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Queen Wing, just inside the Queen St. East entrance of the hospital, between the Second Cup coffee shop and the Inquiry Desk. Lunch might not be available for all participants, so their is an hour between the luncheon and the afternoon sessions for participants to get lunch.

The theme of the regional meeting is "BEST PRACTICES". This meeting will fit into a half day time slot and the medical and non-medical groups will meet consecutively in separate rooms. For those of you who were unable to attend the previous meeting held in January at McMaster, the regional meetings are informal, roundtable discussions.

Medical REBs:

Session A. Reporting of Serious Adverse Events - How are REBs coping with the proliferation of paperwork related to the reporting of serious adverse events? What are best practices in this regard? Susan Hoddinott of the University of Western Ontario has volunteered to moderate this session. Rod Butt of Boehringer Ingelheim will also attend.

Session B. Discussion about hosting an NCEHR REB 101 workshop for biomedical research in Spring 2003. Richard Carpentier from NCEHR will attend.

Session C. Tissue Banking and Databases: The REB's role in promoting responsible research. Strategies for handling the enormous number of requests received by REBs related to the collection of tissue and genetic material through research studies. What are the ethical considerations? What are best practices in this regard?

The location for the medical sessions will be:
6-002 Cardinal Carter Wing - easiest to enter the hospital through the Victoria Street entrance, take the elevators on the right-hand side to the 6th floor. The room is right next to the cafeteria.

Non-medical REBs:

The overall sessions will be moderated by Dr. Bill Marr, chair of the Wilfrid Laureir REB. Here are the three topics:

1. International Policies on Human Research - Moderated by Dr. Maureen Muldoon, chair of the REB at the University of Windsor

- Registering for the OHRP Federal Wide Assurance
- Research in foreign countries and the Tri-Council Policy Statement, CIOMS, Common Rule,
- Inter-Institutional Review of Research

2. Forms and Statistics - moderated by Debra Van Oosten, Research Ethics Officer at Brock University

- Archives, databases, renewals, progress reports

- Consent and application forms, statistics on REB workload

3. The Panel on Research Ethics Consultations - Information session by Dr. Matt Cooper, member of the McMaster University REB

- institutional response to the Panel on Research Ethics - 1st Round consultation on changes to the TCPS in regard to ethnographic, qualitative, naturalistic observation, field work

- next rounds of consultation, for example, research involving aboriginal peoples

4. Discussion about hosting an NCEHR REB 101 workshop for social science/behavioural research in Spring 2003.

- Richard Carpentier, director of NCEHR says he will try to be in attendance for this dicussion.

The location for the non-medical sessions will be:
16-101 Cardinal Carter Wing - easiest to enter the hospital through the Victoria Street entrance, take the elevators on the left-hand side to the 16th floor and then follow signs.

Please circulate this email to your REB Chair(s) or Administrators, as the case may be, so the appropriate people have an opportunity to consider this invitation.

Please RSVP by October 31, 2002 ( indicating whether or not you plan to attend and which group (non-medical or medical) so we can make appropriate arrangements for refreshments and seating. There is no cost to attend.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask and by all means, feel free to make suggestions, etc.

Michael J. Wilson
Research Ethics Officer
McMaster University
Office of Research Services
905-525-9140, ext. 23142

Wendy Hollinshead
Research Ethics Officer
McMaster University
Faculty of Health Sciences
905-525-9140, ext. 22464
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