Human Research Ethics Board (HREB)

The HREB has two primary roles -- to educate and review.

In its educative role, the HREB serves the UFV research community as a consultative body thereby contributing to education in research ethics.

In its review role, the HREB has the responsibility for independent, multidisciplinary review of the ethics of research to determine whether the research should be permitted to start or to continue.

The committee has the authority to approve, reject, propose modifications to, or terminate all proposed or ongoing research involving humans within the institution’s jurisdiction based on the ethical considerations as set forth in the Research Ethics Policy. The HREB is considered a delegation of the President’s Office at UFV.

Back row left to right: James Bedard, Kathy Keiver, Christine Nehring, Gayle Ramsden, Anastasia Anderson, Sherry Sinclair 
Front row left to right: Chris Godwin, Zina Lee, Michael Gaetz, Michelle Riedlinger, Christine Slavik, Jenn MacDonald 
Missing: Sha Liao, Jason Thomas, Andrea Hughes, Yvette Fairweather 

HREB Chair 

Dr. Michael Gaetz
Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Local 2220

Dr. Michael Gaetz is an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack BC. He has been researching the effects of mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) since 1998 and was one of the first to report cumulative effects of concussion in athletes. His scientific work which currently focuses on improving the responsible development of young athletes and developing theoretical constructs to explain the complex outcomes of athletes that experienced multiple concussions. 

Michael's professional qualifications include:

B.A., Psychology: Simon Fraser University
M.Sc., Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
Ph.D., Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Sports Medicine, University of British Columbia
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
American Board Registered Evoked Potential Technologist (R.EP.T)
Certificate in Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring (CNIM) 


HREB Vice-Chair

Dr. James Bedard
Associate Professor, Biology
Local 4804


Dr. James Bedard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC. Prior to joining UFV, James was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, USA. James is a member of the Genomics Education Partnership ( and his research involves analyzing Drosophila (fruit fly) species genomic DNA sequences. He has been able to provide research opportunities and mentorship for over 100 undergraduate students through this work. He also collaborates with the Hereditary Cancer Program at the BC Cancer Agency in clinical research centering on human genetics, including studies such as genetics education with nursing undergraduates, genetic conditions and the effect they have on personal insurability, and the translation of new genetic techniques to improve patient outcomes.

James’ professional qualifications include:

B.Sc. Microbiology, University of Manitoba
Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Manitoba
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Genome Science, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio, USA
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Molecular Cardiovascular Biology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio, USA


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