Research Ethics Board (REB)

The Research Ethics Board (REB) oversees all research involving human participants conducted under the auspices of MGH to ensure that research meets the highest scientific and ethical standards.

Overarching Principles of Ethical Review

Ethics are principles of right conduct guiding "what ought to be done". In the context of the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2: Guidelines on Research Involving Humans, December 2010, the Committee subscribes to the following three core principles (TCPS 2, Article 1.1):

  • Respect for Persons
  • Concern for Welfare
  • Justice

These include the following ethical principles that are commonly held and valued by diverse research disciplines:

  • Respect for human dignity
  • Respect for free and informed consent
  • Respect for vulnerable persons
  • Respect for privacy and confidentiality
  • Respect for justice and inclusiveness
  • Balancing harms and benefits

The role of the Research Ethics Board is the protection of human participants volunteering to participate in research.

Contact Us

Heather Sampson
Job Title
Manager, Office of Research
Administrative Contact
Dr. Donald Borrett
Job Title
Chair, Research Ethics Board
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