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Research Ethics

We oversee ethical conduct and decision making in clinical and behavioural adult oncology research projects that use human materials and information.

We aim to build capacity in ethics, integrity, and compliance through educating, advising, research, policy/guidance development, and administration.  We are also responsible for administration relating to the Research Ethics Board (REB).

Research Ethics


Please contact a Research Ethics Officer (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)

  • Monica Shin
  • Jess Morrice

Contact us with any questions or to arrange a consultation at:

Please contact the Director for questions relating to:
  • compliance with local, national, and international policies and legislation
  • activities, procedures and direction of Research Ethics administration
  • ethics or integrity queries or concerns
  • training 

 Director: Jessica Gagliardi


BC Cancer
1315-750 W Broadway 
Fairmont Medical Building
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1J3

Research Ethics Board

All research at BC Cancer involving humans or material and information derived from humans must be reviewed and approved by the BC Cancer Research Ethics Board '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.


  • ChairDr. Karen Gelmon
  • Vice-Chair:  Dr Vivien Bramwell

Membership lists 

Please contact for previous lists.

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 BC Cancer and the BC Cancer Research Ethics Board (REB). These assurances are listed here (REBs in Canada are referred to as IRBs in the US.)

Institutional Organization: BC Cancer (IORG #IORG0003172) 


  • Type of Assurance: Federalwide Assurance for "BC Cancer"
  • Assurance Numbers: FWA00001149
  • Expiry Date: December 12, 2026


  • Type of Assurance: IRB Assurance for "B.C. Cancer IRB #1"
  • Assurance Numbers: IRB00003797
  • Expiry Date: December 27, 2024
For details or confirmation of BC Cancer 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 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.  


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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