All research reviewed by HiREB requires a Local Principal Investigator (LPI). The LPI must be a staff member of, or have affiliation with, either St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton Health Sciences or McMaster University.

Any applicant who is submitting an application as a student must have a Local Principal Investigator to act as the supervisor for the project.  This applies to all student levels:

  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • PhD
  • Resident
  • Post-doctoral
  • Clinical Fellow

For example, if you are a physician completing a master’s degree, you will need a Local Principal Investigator to act as your supervisor, because you are submitting an application as a student.

It is possible that an applicant will not have an affiliation with. or be a staff member of, one of our participating institutions (McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences, or St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton).  In such situations the applicant must have a local Principal Investigator who does hold a recognized affiliation or staff position.

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Disclaimer: The Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB) represents the institutions of Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Research St. Joseph's-Hamilton, and the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and operates in compliance with and is constituted in accordance with the requirements of: The Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans; The International Conference on Harmonization of Good Clinical Practices; Part C Division 5 of the Food and Drug Regulations of Health Canada,  and the provisions of the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act 2004 and its applicable Regulations; For studies conducted at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, HiREB complies with the Health Ethics Guide of the Catholic Alliance of Canada