About the RRO

Background and Mission

Effective April 1, 2016, West-Central Montreal Health appointed one Research Review Office to serve its entire research population. The Research Review Office will be located at the Jewish General Hospital (A-925) and will act as the point of service for the Research Community of West-Central Montreal Health and will be the service center for the following research review bodies:

  • Medical/Biomedical (MBM) Research Ethics Committee
  • First-Line/Psychosocial (FLP) Research Ethics Committee
  • Feasibility & Reimbursement Program
  • Regulatory Policies & Procedures Committee
  • Quality Assurance Program

The Research Review Office was established on April 11, 2016 as a result of the implementation of Bill 10. The Research Review Office will serve and act as the point of service for the Research Community of West Central Montreal Health and will be the operational center for the following research review bodies:

  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux Cavendish;
  • Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Montagne;
  • Jewish General Hospital;
  • Miriam Home and Services;
  • Donald Berman Jewish Eldercare Centre of Montreal;
  • Mount Sinai Hospital;
  • Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre;
  • Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre;
  • MAB Mackay Rehabilitation Centre.

However, as noted elsewhere, the RRO has a responsibility as well, to educate and facilitate the investigators in their endeavors. We urge all investigators, research nurses, research coordinators and any others involved in research within the West Central Montreal Health to use the resources we have available to you.

All sound scientific research is predicated on four fundamental ethical principles:

  • Doing good (Beneficence);
  • Avoiding causing harm (Non maleficence) - Biomedical ethicists identify at least three kinds of harm in this context: physical harm, psychosocial harm (e.g. invasion of privacy, threats to self-esteem, threat of anxiety, fear, etc.), and a risk of harm of any kind;
  • Respect for the person (Autonomy) - A person must not be used as a means to attain another's ends;
  • Justice - A group of moral obligations for distribution of benefits, risk & costs fairly.

The mandate of the Research Ethics Committees is threefold:

  • To protect the welfare of the research participant
  • To foster meaningful research in our institution
  • To educate those involved in research on humans.

At times, some conflict will arise between the need to protect the participant and the protocol design. In all cases the participant’s well being is foremost. A "breach" of ethics in the area of research with humans is most often unintentional and reflects lack of certain knowledge by the investigator. One naturally assumes that the investigator’s integrity is unquestionable, and so we hope, by offering information and education, that both the participant and investigator will be well served.

For any questions please contact us.

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