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MREB Meetings Spring 2021:

  • January 25, 2021
  • February 22, 2021
  • March 23, 2021
  • April 26, 2021
  • May 25, 2021


The McMaster Research Ethics Board (MREB) has 28 active members. The following is a list of Members of the MREB. Please note that members are listed with their department or affiliation.

  • Violetta Igneski (Chair), Philosophy
  • Sue Becker (Vice-Chair), Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
  • Hodon Abdi, Community Member
  • Baraa Al-Khazraji, Kinesiology
  • Kathy Ball, Office of the University Librarian
  • Mike Campbell, Community Member
  • Mirna Carranza, School of Social Work
  • Jo Cenaiko, Philosophy (On Leave)
  • Krista D’Aoust, Community Member
  • Sarah Glen, Bachelor of Health Sciences Program
  • Amy Gullage, MacPherson Institute
  • Stine Hansen, MacPherson Institute
  • Hanna Haponenko, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
  • Maureen Hupfer, School of Business – Marketing (On Leave)
  • Sadhna Jayatunge, Community Member
  • Allison Leanage, Sociology
  • Krista Madsen, Kinesiology (On Leave)
  • Zahra Motamed, Mechanical Engineering
  • Wayde Nie, UTS/RHPCS
  • David Ogborn, Communication Studies and Multimedia
  • Cheryl Quenneville, Biomechanical Engineering
  • Karen Richmond, McMaster Association of Part-Time Students
  • Aaron Roberts, Philosophy
  • Mel Rutherford, Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • Ranil Sonnadara, Research and High-Performance Computing Support
  • Daina Stanley, Anthropology
  • Hongjin Sun, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior
  • Mary Vaccaro, School of Social Work
  • Rachel VanEvery, Public Health and Indigenous Representative (On Leave)
  • Kaitlin Wynia Baluk, Health, Aging & Society

Administrative Support (non-members)

For general inquiries, please email or call 905-525-9140 x23142

MREB Terms of Reference


The mission of the McMaster Research Ethics Board (MREB) is to ensure research involving human participants carried out under the auspices of McMaster University is of the highest quality, is conducted to protect the interests of human participants and of society and is in compliance with the Tri Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. The REB shall function as an autonomous entity.

Terms of Reference


The MREB shall consist of at least 10 members and shall have a sufficient number of members to allow for a reasonable review workload for all members. The MREB membership shall comply with the TCPS membership requirements in Article 6.4 and shall include adequate expertise in the relevant research disciplines. MREB members shall be without conflict of interest in the review process and shall disclose actual, perceived or potential conflicts of interest at the outset of a review.

The MREB members shall be appointed by the President, on the recommendation of the Vice-President, Research, following consultation with the current MREB Chair, and including consultation with Faculty Deans and program and department Chairs as applicable. MREB members shall serve, normally, for staggered three year terms, once renewable. The Chair and Vice-Chair(s) shall be appointed by the President and shall serve, normally, for a term of three years, once renewable. The recruitment of the Chair or Vice-Chair(s) shall be the responsibility of the Vice-President, Research, and may be in consultation with the current Chair and Vice-Chair(s) as well as the ethics office staff.  It is preferable, but not mandatory, that the new Chair or Vice-Chair(s) be appointed from among the current, appointed MREB members.


For full board ethics review of proposed research, quorum shall be constituted by meeting the TCPS quorum requirements (Article 6.9) and having at least 40% of the membership present for the discussion and vote.

For conducting general business (e.g. approving agenda/minutes/guidelines), quorum shall be constituted by meeting the TCPS quorum requirements (Article 6.9).

The MREB will also meet any additional quorum requirements resulting from specific funding sources or local regulations on a case by case basis. For instance, for full board review of proposed research with United States government funding, MREB will meet the 50% plus one quorum threshold required by US regulations (in addition to the TCPS requirements).


  1. To keep current on ethical issues related to research involving human participants, to educate the University community on these issues and to formulate policies and guidelines on these matters.
  2. To review (using a proportionate approach), approve, reject, propose modifications to, or terminate any proposed or ongoing research involving human participants conducted under the auspices of McMaster University. This includes research by anyone affiliated with McMaster and/or research making use of McMaster resources. Research conducted through the Faculty of Health Sciences is reviewed by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (with an allowance for MREB to review FHS research, and HiREB to review non-FHS research, if appropriate based on the study details).
  3. To assess and limit the risks to participants in research involving humans. Where there is more than minimal risk identified, the REB shall satisfy itself that the design of a research project is capable of addressing the questions being asked in the research.
  4. To monitor ongoing projects, and to establish procedures for the review of ongoing research projects and requests for changes to previously approved research.
  5. To develop policies and procedures for assessing and approving undergraduate student research.
  6. To serve as a resource to the research community, communicating and advising researchers on guidelines, procedures and other matters relating to the conduct of research involving human participants.
  7. To meet regularly to discharge their responsibilities, and to keep and maintain minutes of such meetings; with the documentation being accessible to researchers, as it pertains to their application, and to “authorized” representatives of the institution and funding agencies, and in accordance with relevant legislation including, but not limited to, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)
  8. To liaise with REBs of affiliated institutions to optimize efficiencies, co-ordinate activities and to ensure consistency of decisions
  9. To keep the Vice-President, Research informed of substantive issues in terms of policy, process and compliance, and to submit a written report annually on the activities of the MREB to the Vice President, Research.
  10. To implement and monitor the final decision of the Appeal Panel on behalf of the Research Ethics Standing Appeal Board.