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March 2017

Before I joined the IRB team (ahem, the “regulatorz”), I thought IRB reviewers were members of a secret society whose sole purpose was to strike down research. I believed my research would be put on the IRB butcher’s block, just like those before me, and be chopped into little bits.I can’t stress the point enough—IRB reviewers are not the menacing force I had originally perceived. In fact, I’ve written about the inner workings of IRBs... Read More
Submitting a new IRB protocol takes time and it is easy to forget why some policies exist in the first place. Let’s briefly take a look back at the origins of the modern IRB. This historical accounting prioritizes brevity over depth, but I provided some external links for anyone interested in reading more about these events.IN THE BEGINNINGDuring the twentieth century, biomedical and behavioral researchers often used their “best judgment” as a standard of ethical... Read More