Institutional Review Boards

Institutional Review Boards

An objective and informed evaluation of the risks, benefits, and voluntariness of participation in research is critically important for ensuring that research conducted with human participants is both safe and ethical. In the US, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are charged with carrying out this responsibility. These sessions will provide a comprehensive introduction to the key ethical principles and framework that IRBs rely on in their initial and ongoing evaluations of research protocols. In the final session, students will have the opportunity to put their knowledge to work through a mock IRB meeting during which they will evaluate a historical case that highlights some of the challenges that may be encountered during such reviews.



Mary Simmerling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Research Integrity in Medicine and Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and  Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.



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