Research & Innovation

Research Advisory Committee

The Pathology Access Committee for Tissue (PACT) is being transitioned to the DSM Research Advisory Committee .  During this transition, please submit applications forms to DSM Research Advisory Committee, c/o Laura Curtis, by email to



As physicians, we have a moral and intellectual obligation to conduct research. This is a part of our responsibility to be educators and to contribute to advancement in the practice of medicine. However, in conducting and facilitating research it is incumbent on pathologists to recognize and adhere to recent changes in public policy and issues concerning use of tissues and data for medical research. These changes have resulted in new provincial legislation (Personal Health and Information Act, PHIA) and national guidelines for research (Tri-Council Guidelines encompassing confidentiality and ethics, and that impact on the use of tissues and data in the Department of Pathology for any purpose that is not directly related to the diagnosis or clinical care of the individual patient.

Tissue Access Committee

In accordance with the guidelines of the Canadian Association of Pathologists, the University of Manitoba Pathology Department has established a Pathology Access Committee for Tissue (PACT) to oversee use of tissue for research.

1) Mechanism for access to Tissue

a) Principal Applicants must be pathologist members of the WRHA Laboratory Medicine Program, Division of Pathology who are responsible for the commitments. Other investigators may apply only as coapplicants with a pathologist. This does not necessarily mean that a pathologist must be a collaborator in your research.

b) Contact the Research Support Office at for application forms for research projects that are to be submitted to the RAC.

c) Applications submitted will be reviewed and investigators notified soon after.

2) Mandate of the committee

The PACT committee aims to ensure that all access to tissue and related pathology data is documented, appropriate and equitable, and that clinical priorities, patient and sample anonymity continue to be respected and preserved. All applicants are advised that they should be personally familiar with all relevant laws and policies governing confidentiality and ethical use of tissues for research (PHIA, the Tri-Council Guidelines, and the University of Manitoba Research Ethics Review Board) and that where relevant, all applications must also be submitted to the University of Manitoba Research Ethics Review Board.


Submissions Due

(1 week prior by 1100)

Meeting Date

(1st Thursday of each month)

January 26, 2017 February 2, 2017
February 23, 2017 March 2, 2017
March 30, 2017 April 6, 2017
April 27, 2017 May 4, 2017
May 25, 2017 June 1, 2017
June 29, 2017 July 6, 2017
July 27, 2017 August 3, 2017
August 31, 2017 September 7, 2017
September 28, 2017 October 5, 2017
October 26, 2017 November 2, 2017
November 30, 2017 December 7, 2017
December 28, 2017 January 4, 2018