The Office of Human Research Protection is the support structure for the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The office works with investigators to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. Staff members pre-review submissions to the IRB, providing feedback, consultation and interpretation of applicable regulations.
The IRB supervises a varied, high-volume body of research, ranging from pioneering therapies to chart reviews. IRB-supervised research helps to attract and retain a wide range of specialists who offer the latest expertise in patient care.
IRBs are responsible for ensuring that patient rights and safety are protected throughout the process. Everything from the language in a consent form to the dosage and administration of new drugs is scrutinized.