Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board

 Tools for Research at Queen's (TRAQ) Portal Sign-On


 Latest COVID-19 directives for the Queen's Research community

We are currently experiencing a high volume of ethics submissions and are prioritizing the review of COVID-19 related research. Review timelines are ~ 8-12 weeks for HSREB.

We recommend your application is submitted to the REB as early as possible.

Thanks for your patience.

If you have questions related to your submission please contact

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 are 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.

Communication Bulletin

View communication bulletin

HSREB Membership

View membership

HSREB Meeting Schedule

View schedule

In-Person Human Participant Research

Applications requesting to restart existing or new in-person human participant research either on campus or in a hospital setting are no longer required. Please refer to Queen’s University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy  regarding mandatory vaccination requirements for in-person University Activities.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer Couture, Manager, Research Ethics Compliance, if you have any questions related to conducting in-person research.

Please visit our HSREB Standard Operating Procedures page


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

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

Name and Title Email Phone Number

Kelly Blair-Matuk
Associate Director  

Jennifer Couture
Manager, Research Ethics Compliance

For Scheduling, please contact  Emma Hamer

ext. 78223

Megan Allore
Ethics Coordinator, HSREB


Emma Hamer
Ethics Assistant  


 Having an issue with our website? Report a broken or missing page.

Clinical Trials Ontario

Clinical Trials Ontario improves clinical trials for a better Ontario.

Researchers conducting multi-centre clinical trials involving two or more sites
in Ontario must use Clinical Trials Ontario streamlined ethics review.