Research Ethics

The MUHC currently has a single REB with 5 specialized panels :

  • PED
  • CT1
  • CT2
  • CTGQ

Download Schedule of REB meetings

Restructuring the Ethics Review Function at the MUHC

The centre for Applied Ethics was created in April 2014 as part of a broad restructuring of ethics services at the MUHC.  The 9 Research Ethics Boards (REBs) as well as research ethics support services have been part of this exercise.   Changes to the REB structure come into effect April 1, 2015.  These will not affect the general principles of how research involving humans is approved.  However, these changes aim at increasing efficiency while maintaining high quality review of research.  

  • There is one MUHC REB and 5 specialised sub-committees
  • The 5 specialised panels will conduct both Science and Ethics review and will meet twice a month on average;
  • Submission deadlines are abolished;
  • The CAE staff will conduct pre-reviews of all studies to ensure 
  • completeness, 
  • minimal quality of documents submitted and 
  • assess level of risk and initiate delegated review of minimal risk studies (instead of full board reviews).

5 Panels of the MUHC-REB

Pediatrics (PED):
  • All projects involving minors
Clinical Trials 1 (CT1):
  • Oncology
  • Radiation-oncology
  • ObGyn
  • Urology
  • Palliative care research associated to oncology
Cells, tissues, genetics & qualitative research (CTGQ):
  • Genetics
  • Bio banking and registries
  • Research on cells and tissues
  • Experimental  cell therapies
  • Pathology
  • New reproductive technologies
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Epidemiology and 
  • Qualitative research
Neurosciences-Psychiatry (NEURO-PSY):
All projects in:
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
Clinical Trials 2 (CT2) panel A and panel B::
  • Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Endocrinology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology
  • Devices
  • Infectious diseases
  • Chronic illness
  • Respiratory and
  • Transplant


MUHC REB Chair: Eugene Bereza

MUHC - Personne Mandatée: Marie Hirtle



REB Coordination / Ethics:


Lori Seller, Jane McDonald 

Elizabeth Craven / Lori Seller 


Eugene Bereza, Marie-Josée Brouillette

Linda Zegarelli / Brigitte Paquet 


Michael Thirlwell, Terry Chow 

Esther Boyle /Jean-Frédéric Ménard, Nicky Fraser

CT2 Panel A

Bertrand Lebouché , Terry Chow 

Esther Boyle / Jean-Frédéric Ménard, Nicky Fraser

CT2 Panel B

Thomas Maniatis, Sonya Page Sheldon Levy / Jean-Frédéric Ménard


Marie HirtleJames Ellasus / Nicky Fraser, Jean-Frédéric Ménard, Marie Hirtle 

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