University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services
Notice to Researchers undertaking human participant research
Due to a recent change in legislation and new understanding about how the Covid-Sars2 virus transmits, the University is requiring the following for human participant research involving in-person participation. This requirement is for circumstances when the conditions listed below apply:
You are a researcher who has received ethics clearance for human participant research and the following applies:
  • The participant is unmasked during the procedure
  • You cannot maintain the 2-meter physical distance.
  • Your current protocol does not involve a plexiglass shield between you and the participant.
The university is requiring that eye protection be used in addition to a face mask, which now must be, at a minimum, a surgical or a procedure mask. The recommended eye protection is, in order of eye protection level: a face shield, or goggles, or safety glasses that wrap around your eyes. Please note that this change is ONLY recommended in the case that the participant is unmasked at any point during the experimental procedure. The following link provides pictures and useful details for the recommended eye protection.
If you have any questions, please contact


Restrictions are now in place for in-person research. The process to start or resume in-person research can be found on the VPR website and includes 3 key steps: Additional clarification on COVID-19 spread and risk of infection is provided by Queen’s University and our Public Health partners and are continuously being re-assessed. Visit for the most up to date information.Please feel free to contact Jennifer Couture, Manager, Research Ethics Compliance, if you have any questions related to conducting in-person research.


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), 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.

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

Please note: The Ethics Office is working remotely until further notice. 

Name and Title Email
Dr. Andrew Winterborn
Director, Research Ethics Compliance 
For scheduling, please contact Mallory Walker
Jennifer Couture
Manager, Research Ethics Compliance
For scheduling, please contact Mallory Walker
Miranda Miller
Ethics Coordinator, HSREB
Crystal McCracken
Ethics Compliance Advisor
For scheduling, please contact Mallory Walker.

Mallory Walker
Ethics Assistant