Institutional Review Board

What is the IRB? 

A group of at least five individuals that includes men and women, scientists and at least one non-scientist, affiliated and at least one unaffiliated with the institution, that has been formally designated to review and monitor biomedical research involving human subjects.  This group review of research serves an important role in the protection of the rights and welfare of human research participants.

What is the charge of the IRB?   

Primary responsibility is the protection of subjects from undue risk and from deprivation of personal rights and dignity, per the principles set forth in the Belmont Report - respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.  An IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications (to secure approval), or disapprove research.

What is the scope of the IRB? 

The IRB reviews research projects that involve human subjects (including biospecimens) performed by JAX faculty and staff.

What are the responsibilities of the IRB?   

The Committee is obligated and authorized to systematically evaluate each research study to ensure the protection of participants.

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