The Cambridge Human Biology Research Ethics Committee considers applications for ethical approval for research programmes in human biology.
Ethical approval for work with patients of hospital consultants accessed through the consultant would normally be given by the Local Research Ethics Committee.
Applications for ethical approval for investigations in human psychology should be made to the Cambridge Psychology Research Ethics Committee.
In accordance with University policy, research involving human participants or personal data should not begin until proper ethical review has taken place and approval given. Retrospective ethical reviews are therefore not permitted.
Human Tissue from Biobanks: Permission is not required to use samples received from a biobank as long as that biobank has REC approval for generic research use.
Applications for ethical approval are submitted to the Committee on the application form (see box). Answer all questions using the notes provided for guidance. Append any additional information (participant information sheets, consent forms, adverts and so on), labelling them as appendices. Further information is given on the application form. Once complete, submissions are sent as email attachments to:
Applications can also be sent on paper to the following address:
The Secretary of the Cambridge Human Biology Research Ethics Committee
School of the Biological Sciences
17 Mill Lane
Applications are reviewed by four Committee members from departments other than that of the applicant(s). The Committee is constituted from senior members of departments from which applications are commonly made. The current (2015) members are:
Christine Farr, Department of Genetics
Stewart Sage, Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience
Christof Schwiening, Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience
Guy Brown, Department of Biochemistry
Nabeel Affara, Department of Pathology
Robert Henderson, Department of Pharmacology
Graham Burton, Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience
Simon Frost, Department of Veterinary Medicine
Vacant, Department of Zoology
Appointments to the Committee do not have a limit, but are normally for at least three years.