University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

March 20, 2020 The environment related to COVID-19 is fluid and forever changing. Following extensive consultation, we are implementing the following policy for human participant research:

COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions on Research Ethics

Indigenous Based Research
Given the public health concerns of COVID-19 we are requesting that researchers working with Indigenous peoples and/or communities stop research/data gathering and determine when such work may continue only after you have consulted with the community in question. It is best practice to consult with the communities to determine whether they wish for you to continue with the research collaboration.

Non-Hospital Based Research
All non-hospital based research (GREB & HSREB) that requires person-to-person interaction with participants should be suspended. If the research study is providing an essential treatment option that is absolutely necessary for the welfare of the participant(s) a request for exemptions will be required. Exemption requests need to be vetted by Jennifer Couture to bring forward to the appropriate REB Chair for consideration. New ethics applications that require person-to-person interactions with participants will be reviewed and as applicable, Conditional Clearance will be provided with the stipulation that permission will need to be provided by Queen’s University as well as the community partner prior to work commencing . If existing ethics clearance is in place with person-to-person interactions, modifications should be made to eliminate person-to-person interactions without loss of scientific validity (i.e., virtually or through other means). Modifications to New Ethics applications that are able to eliminate these interactions will be considered for review. As greater clarification on risks of COVID-19 spread and risk of infection is provided by Queen’s University and our Public Health partners, these restrictions will be re-assessed. Please visit for the most up to date information on the COVID-19 Outbreak and its Impact on Queen's University Research

Please note we are experiencing a high volume of submissions. We appreciate your patience at this time
For urgent matters please call 613-533-2988 or email 
Please note the link to the TCPS 2 CORE tutorial has changed, please visit the new webpage here.

The Queen's University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB)

The Principal of Queen's University has invested in the Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB) the authority to review proposed research involving human participants that is being conducted under the auspices of Queen's University. HSREB primarily reviews health science research, including all research being conducted at the affiliated teaching hospitals (Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KGH and HDH Sites), Hotel Dieu Hospital Research Institute (HDHRI), Providence Care Centre (PCC) and Ongwanada. GREB primarily conducts reviews in the areas of humanities, social science, science, engineering, and administrative research. The HSREB is also a Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) Qualified REB. 

Queen's Federalwide Assurance Number:  FWA00004184. HSREB IRB Number: IRB00001173.

Have you read the HSREB Spring Newsletter for 2019 (PDF, 664 KB)?

Questions about Research Ethics?Schedule a one-on-one meeting with us today!

Double Check: Have you double checked your consent form against the new HSREB LOI/CF Checklist (DOC, 58 KB) yet?

Participant Concerns
Talk to Us
If you have concerns regarding a research study conducted under the authority of Queen’s University, Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Providence Care Centre, or the Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Health Unit; please contact the Office of Research Ethics.
Our Contact information
Toll Free Telephone in North America: 1-844-535-2988 Email: HSREB Chair at
Our Role
Your welfare is our concern. If you have any ethics concerns or complaints about a research study, please contact the HSREB Ethics Office.
What We Will Do
• We will listen to you and address your concerns,
• We will respect your confidentiality,
• We will keep you informed about the progress of the review and its conclusion.
HSREB has the authority to stop a research study until action has been taken to remedy the identified problem
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Contact Us
Name and Title Email Phone Number
Dr. Andrew Winterborn
For scheduling, please contact Mallory Walker
Jennifer Couture
Manager, Research Ethics Compliance
ext. 78223
Crystal McCracken
Ethics Compliance Advisor

ext. 75826
Mallory Walker
Ethics Assistant
ext. 74105