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Research Ethics Board

We provide ethical review of research at the BC Cancer Agency.

The BC Cancer Agency Research Ethics Board (REB) is one of six UBC-affiliated research ethics boards for research involving human participants. 


The REB reviews clinical, epidemiological and behavioural adult oncology research projects, including basic science projects that use human materials. All research at the BC Cancer Agency involving humans or material and information derived from humans must be reviewed and approved by the REB before the project can be activated. 

The REB is comprised of members who among them pool extensive experience and knowledge in scientific investigations, cancer research, the experience of cancer patients and the ethical issues raised by research involving humans.


The REB was implemented May 27, 2003. 

  • Chair: Dr. Ken Swenerton 
  • Vice-ChairDr. Vivien Bramwell
Dr Swenerton and Dr Bramwell commenced in their roles on March 31, 2014.

History of changes 

UBC BCCA REB Membership History of Changes.2016Oct18.pdf

Membership lists


Interested in becoming a member?

Membership in the REB is an interesting and exciting opportunity to contribute to the protection of human subjects in research. 

All research ethics boards must consist of both male and female members with a variety of qualifications in order to provide a balanced perspective and to adhere to regulations that govern the Board. 

If you are interested in becoming a member, send us a brief email telling us about yourself and why you are interested in becoming a member. It is helpful to attach your resume or CV in either a Word or PDF format.

Your interest is appreciated and all serious inquiries will be acknowledged.

Annual reports

The REB has produced annual reports since inception in May 2003. 

The REB previously prepared annual reports based on the calendar year (Jan – Dec) up to and including 2006. 

Annual reports from 2007 onward will be based on the fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). 


Compliance assurances

The REB complies with the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR 46.103

These regulations state that every institution engaged in human subject research supported or conducted by the DHHS must have assurance of compliance approved by the US Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP/FDA.)

Federalwide Assurance (FWA) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) assurances with OHRP/FDA have been obtained for both the BC Cancer Agency and the UBC BC Cancer Agency Research Ethics Board (REB). These assurances are listed here (REBs in Canada are referred to as IRBs in the US.)

Institutional Organization: BC Cancer Agency (IORG #IORG0003172) 


  • Type of Assurance: Federalwide Assurance for "BC Cancer Agency"
  • Assurance Numbers: FWA00001149
  • Expiry Date: Mar 9, 2021


  • Type of Assurance: IRB Assurance for "B.C. Cancer Agency IRB #1"
  • Assurance Numbers: IRB00003797
  • Expiry Date: October 18, 2019 
For details or confirmation of the BC Cancer Agency approved OHRP/FDA assurances, go to the Office for Human Research Protections database and search by entering the IORG, FWA or IRB number.

UBC assurance of compliance statement

The BC Cancer Agency Research Ethics Board is a UBC-affilated REB. 

UBC Office of Research Services provides regulatory oversight for all UBC affiliated REBs. Read the Assurance of Compliance Statement.  


Please contact a REB Coordinator (and quote the project number - RISe # e.g. H0x-yyyyy) for all questions relating to:
  • pre-review of all full board and delegated/minimal risk
  • post-review documentation of all full board REB decisions (e.g., deferrals, provisos, amendments, and renewals)

REB Coordinators

Evani Goll

Telephone: (604) 877-6223

Naama Rozen

Telephone: (604) 877 6289

Jessica Gagliardi

Telephone: (604) 877 6283

Please contact the REB Manager for questions relating to:

  • compliance with local, national and international policies and legislation
  • activities, procedures and direction of the REB and staff
  • ethics queries
  • training
  • adverse events 

REB Manager

Dr. Kristie Westerlaken 

Telephone: 604-877-6284

BC Cancer Agency
Fairmont Medical Building, Suite 902 
750 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1H8
Fax: (604) 708-2132


The Researcher Information Services system (RISe) is used for both the submission and approval process of all research ethics applications submitted to the REB.

If you are a first-time user, please register with RISe to create an account.

Instructions on the use and application of RISe are on the site and in the site and embedded in the application itself.

For technical assistance with the RISe system (quote RISe project number if applicable):


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