About Research Ethics

Does Your Research Study Require Aurora College Research Ethics Committee (REC) Review?

You may be required to seek approval from the Aurora College Research Ethics Committee (REC) for your funded and unfunded research study involving human participants (living or deceased individuals, their data, and their biological or reproductive materials), if:

  1. You are a faculty, staff, or student of Aurora College, or an investigator collaborating with Aurora College staff and/ or using Aurora College’s resources to conduct your research study. Aurora College is eligible to hold research funds granted by the Tri-Council Funding Agencies.
  2. If your research involves accessing health information of NWT residents as per the Health Information Act of the Northwest Territories (HIA, Sections 67-83). At the discretion of the NWT Department of Health and Social Services, you may be required to seek ethics approval form the Aurora College REC.
  3. External non-Aurora College affiliated researchers, who do not have access to ethics review by a Tri-Council-compliant Research Ethics Board (REB) within their own organization and need ethics review as part of the Aurora Research Institute’s research licensing process can apply to seek ethics approval from the Aurora College REC.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Sunila Kalkar
Manager, Research Ethics & Regional Programs
Aurora College
50 Conibear Cres
Fort Smith, NT
867-872-7084
SKalkar@auroracollege.nt.ca

 

Research Licensing

The process for acquiring a research license is separate from the research ethics review process. Applicants are not required to submit a research license to the REC. The Research Licensing Coordinator can advise on all research license requirements, including requirement of research ethics approval. If you are uncertain whether your study requires a research ethics review from the Aurora College REC, please contact the Scientific Services Office at the Aurora Research Institute by email at license@nwtresearch.com or the Aurora College Research Ethics Office by email at chairrec@auroracollege.nt.ca.

 

REC Meetings

The Aurora College Research Ethics Committee (REC) meets once a month to review and vote on research protocols.

Completed ethics applications are reviewed in the order that they are submitted.

Meetings are scheduled for third Thursday of the month from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM Mountain Time. Please note that meeting dates are subject to change and the study investigator should contact the Research Ethics Office for further information.

Summer recess: The Aurora College REC takes an annual summer recess. Limited review activity will take place during July and August. Researchers planning summer research must submit well before summer recess to ensure that all revisions are complete and ethics approval is granted before committee members leave for summer.

 

Meeting Schedule 2022/2023 Academic Year

No. Meeting Day/Date Time
01 Thursday, September 15, 2022 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT
02 Wednesday, September 21, 2022 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. MT
03 Thursday, October 20, 2022 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT
04 Thursday, November 17, 2022 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT
05 Thursday, December 15, 2022 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT
06 Thursday, January 19, 2023 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT
07 Thursday, February 16, 2023 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT
08 Thursday, March 16, 2023 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT
09 Thursday, April 20, 2023 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT
10 Thursday, May 18, 2023 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT
11 Thursday, June 15, 2023 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT
12 Thursday, June 15, 2023 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT
13 Thursday, August 17,2023 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. MT