Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB)


The vision of the Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB) is to provide education, guidance and oversight for research involving human participants. 


The mission of Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB) is to ensure that research involving human participants follows equity-oriented principles. The HSREB shall promote education and ongoing training for all researchers and its REB members, facilitate the review process through guidance and support to the researchers in the submission and review process, and develop and implement policies and procedures that ensure research compliance with evolving provincial, national, and international guidelines (i.e., the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans). The HSREB shall function as an autonomous entity and recognizes that all members of the University community share a joint commitment to maintaining research integrity and the highest concern for human dignity, welfare, and justice.

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.

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HSREB Membership

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HSREB Meeting Schedule

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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  
Megan Allore
Ethics Compliance Advisor


Christine Beswick
Ethics Coordinator  
Zoe Moon
Ethics Coordinator  

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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.