About the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB's role and function are delineated by federal rules and regulations, as well as NYS law and our own internal policies and procedures. Protection of the rights and welfare of human research subjects constitutes the IRB's central purpose.

The IRB board members represent a wide range of scientific disciplines as well as representation from the department's legal affairs group, and community-based organizations. If necessary, a consultant may be asked to review a protocol if the content is outside the expertise of the IRB. The IRB gives individualized attention to the numerous research projects it receives each year.

A protocol is first reviewed by the IRB before subjects are recruited. The IRB works with investigators to modify projects to ensure adequate protection for subjects' welfare and right of self-determination. Each approved project is reevaluated at least annually to assure that continuing safeguards are in place to protect the rights and welfare of study participants.

As determined by federal regulation, Title 45 CFR Part 46, research is not a right but a privilege granted to researchers by an institution to those individuals willing to work within federal guidelines, state laws, and institutional requirements.