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Education & Training

There is a variety of resources to help members of the UBC PHC research community confidently engage in ethical research involving human subjects.

Online Tutorials & Training

Training for UBC Researchers
Educational Resources
Professional Associations
Clinical Research Professional Development


Online Tutorials & Training

CORE: Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2) Online Tutorial
The new TCPS2 tutorial 'CORE' (Course in Research Ethics) is available at the following links, English Version / French Version. This interactive online tutorial can be completed in approximately two hours and provides an essential orientation to the Tri Council Policy Statement.

A certificate is available in English or French for printing upon completion. Once available, it is recommended that all individuals involved with research involving human participants complete this tutorial.

Graduate students and medical residents are required to complete this tutorial if their names are to be listed in applications for ethical review submitted to any UBC Research Ethics Boards (REB). The tutorial must be completed by all applicants before the application is submitted to the REB.

** If you have completed the original TCPS tutorial or the CHRPP tutorial, you do not need to complete the CORE tutorial, although it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the new TCPS**

Network of Networks: Online Good Clinical Practice Training
The University of British Columbia, through the sponsorship of the Office of Research Ethics, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Medicine, is a member of the Networks of Networks (N2). N2 is a national initiative that brings together multiple existing disease networks, institutions, hospitals, and universities to enhance Canada's research capabilites.

Through this membership, UBC is able to provide access to a free online tutorial on Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in Canada for UBC faculty, staff, and students. Please click here for more information.

Social Sciences Ethics Training
This free online module was created by a team of anthropologists at Macquarie University in Australia to provide ethics training specifically for social scientists. It deals with the distinctive ethical issues that social scientists face in conducting research with human participants.

It also has an extensive section on research in Indigenous communities which, although tailored to an Australian context, has insights relevant to Canada. Please click here to register.

The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct
In this training program, you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices. Please click here to view the website.

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Training for UBC Researchers

As part of ongoing education for researchers the UBC Clinical Research Ethics Board has developed two 30 minute online educational workshops: one as an introduction to ethics, and one that goes into more dept about common errors seen on ethics submissions.

Basic Introduction for the Clinical Research Ethics Process

Common Challenges in Ethics submissions

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Educational Resources

Joint Centre for Bioethics Research Ethics Education Portal
Contains research ethics educational materials from the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network and the University of Toronto.

Developing a Framework for Social Science Research Ethics, York University
Provides links to a variety of international resources dealing with research ethics in the social sciences.

Social Science Research Ethics, Lancaster University
Provides a range of resources designed to help new social science researchers increase their knowledge of the processes and practices involved in ethically sound research. Designed for UK researchers, but many of the resources are relevant to all social science researchers.

Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE)
Promotes the ethical conduct of research involving human participants. Develops, interprets and implements the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS).

Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)
A partnership among the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Provides academic programs, short courses, and both live and archived online seminars on issues relevant to those conducting research involving human subjects.

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Professional Associations

Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB)
A grassroots national organization intended to represent the interests of all Canadian REBs and to reflect REB perspectives and concerns.

Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R)
Advances the highest ethical standards in the conduct of biomedical, social science, behavioral, and educational research.

Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA)
A non-profit, professional organization dedicated to the continuing education and development of clinical research professionals. Provides training, and continuing education.

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