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Community Board Member Needed

The McMaster Research Ethics Board is currently seeking interested persons from the greater Hamilton community interested in a voluntary position on our board. There is the possibility for starting in the Summer 2017. For more information, please contact: the Secretariat, Michael Wilson, 905-525-9140 ext. 23142,

Position Title: Research Ethics Board (REB) Member

Purpose of Assignment: Protection of subject-participants in non-medical research

Outline of Volunteer's Responsibilities:

- To assess research projects from an ethical perspective, reflecting on the likely reaction of research participants

- To actively participate in discussions with other REB members

- To participate in the design of REB documents and procedures

Training and Support Plan:

- In the past volunteers have been eligible to attend either regional or national conferences, but most training will be at local workshops and seminars

- There is much learning on the job with the support of other REB members and the administrative support personnel

Time Commitment:

- One meeting every month (expect summer months), during the day at the lunch hour, so must be flexible to have time off

- Review two to three applications a month, plus advance material for a full board meeting (the equivalent of two applications)

- A three year commitment to the board is recommended

Qualifications Needed:

- A commitment to bringing a public perspective from outside the research community to help the REB achieve its mandate

- Background and interest to broaden the Research Ethics Board's approach to its mandate and responsibilities

- Time to devote to the Research Ethics Board's work as well as willingness and ability to work well in multi-disciplinary ethics

- Empathy for research participants

- Be at arms-length from McMaster University

- Open mindedness

- Computer ability to receive and send email and word processing documents or conduct online reviews and access agenda materials


- Parking vouchers and lunch at REB meetings

- Being on the edge of research development in science, social sciences, humanities and the arts

- Ensuring that members of the Hamilton-Wentworth community who are involved with research are treated with respect, dignity, and are freely informed for their participation

- Feeling good about doing something valuable to society


The McMaster Research Ethics Board Terms of Reference

Panel on Research Ethics: REB Community Member Education Needs

Required Composition of a Research Ethics Board - Article 6.4 Tri-Council Policy Statement