Human Research Ethics

Our research ethics committees review cancer research projects to ensure ethical standards are met and that the confidentiality of participants' information is protected.

(See our glossary of medical and professional acronyms for details of qualifications).

Membership of the Human Research and Ethics Committee

Dr Alice Owen: BSc (Hons), PhD

Ms Donna Benjamin: BA Hons (Theatre and Drama), Grad Dip Hum (English), Grad Dip Internet and Web Computing

Mr David Coldrey: BCom, FREI

Rev Tat Hean Lie: BAppSc, Grad Dip Applied Information Systems, BTh DipMin
Minister of religion

Researcher, epidemiologist 

Professor Marilyn Pittard: LLB (Hons), BEc (Hons), Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria 

Medical practitioner 

Dr Jennifer Walker: BAppSci (AppBiol/Biotech), MPH, PhD
Researcher, behavioural scientist 

Membership of the Institutional Research Review Committee

This committee reviews the scientific quality of projects conducted by internal research units via an external review process. It also ethically reviews low-risk research projects.

Dr Fiona Bruinsma: BSc, Grad Dip App Psych, MA App Sc (Epidemiology), PhD 
Acting Chair

Ms Danielle Spence
Head, Strategy and Support Division

Prof Ron Borland: BSc, MSc, PhD
Nigel Gray Distinguished Fellow for Cancer Prevention

Dr Suzanne Dobbinson: BSc, MSc, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer  

Mr Todd Harper: BEcon, GD Health Promotion, M Health Econ
Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council Victoria

Ms Clara Walker
Evaluation Coordinator, Achievement Program, Prevention Division

Mr Clem Byard
Clinical Nurse Specialist (Research), CISS, Strategy and Support Division