How the IRB operates is often confusing to investigators. The fact that a recent book which describes the workings of the IRB is entitled, Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research, only adds to the mystique. This month’s Feature Article attempts to open the door a bit by showing you how we go about making a determination that a proposed research activity is determined to be Not Human Subjects Research or Human Subjects Research. With this information, you may be able to tweak your study design so that it is not subject to the IRB regulations.
Also check out :
- “The CRRO Corner” to learn how to communicate complex research information to study subjects.
- “Dear IRB” to learn more about having students from other institutions working on your research.
- “Things to Know” to learn more about revising and attaching documents in an amendment.
Learn more at www.bu.edu/crtimes.
The CR TIMES will be off for the remainder of the summer. The IRB, however, will continue to operate at full capacity.
Thomas J. Moore, MD, Editor