The Research Ethics Board (REB) functions to:

  • Approve, reject, propose modifications, or terminate any proposed or ongoing research
  • Review and make recommendations for approval of all proposed human subject research involving TBRHSC patients, staff, physicians, students, residents, and hospital information
  • Safeguard the rights, safety, and well-being of participants in clinical research
  • Educate, support, and mentor researchers regarding the process of ethical review

Principles of Ethical Review:

In the context of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Guidelines on Research Involving Humans, the REB subscribes to the following ethical principles that are commonly held and valued by diverse research disciplines:
  • Respect for Person
  • Concern for Welfare
  • Justice
Online access to resources are available to assist the researcher with the development and submission of research protocols. Direct links have been provided for REB Forms completed by the researcher (Word Format). The REB Application Process including meeting dates is also available for the upcoming year. For further information about Research Ethics Board submissions, please contact:

What's New

Important Notice

TBRHSC is about to enter into a reciprocity agreement with Lakehead University (LU) that may impact the process of research ethics review for all new studies requiring review by the TBRHSC REB and/or the LU REB.

The TBRHSC REB and LU REB will each review certain types of studies. Which REB performs the review won't necessarily be determined by which site the study is to be performed at.

To ensure the appropriate application is completed, please contact either research ethics office (REO) for guidance prior to starting your application.

TBRHSC REO: 807-684-6422
LU REO: 807-343-8934

Invitation to Participate in a Quality Improvement Survey

Dear Researcher, Research Participant or REB member,
You are invited to take part in a quality improvement project being implemented by the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences (TBRHSC) Research Ethics Office. The survey will take about 20 minutes of your time to complete. This survey is the first step in a quality improvement initiative that intends to: create a baseline of current perceptions of our processes, and second to identify any barriers in communication that may exist between the REB and the researchers who submit.

If you would like further information about this project, please see the attached poster or call the Researcher Ethics Office at 684-6422.

Please click the following link to continue:


All research applications must be registered by contacting “As a result of feedback from researchers and REB members we have created standardized tools for the pre-screening and formal review of all projects submitted to the TBRHSC. This new process will help ensure consistency of reviews. These forms are being posted for researchers to access in an effort to increase transparency of the review process. These forms can also be used by researchers filling out an REB application to assist them in ensuring they have met the requirements as listed”

2016 Membership List

The Research Ethics Board is pleased to present the 2016/2017 Membership List.

REB Contact information:

The Research Ethics Office is the administrative gateway to submit applications to the Research Ethics Board. All communications regarding the research ethics review process should be directed to the

Shared Application forms: (current version: September 2011) Research Ethics Board (REB) Application forms for TBRHSC and SJCG have been standardized and can be found on this website.

Email completed applications including all supporting documentation as attached files to: if you are applying to TBRHSC's REB. If your project involves SJCG, you must apply separately to SJCG's REB by submitting the forms to