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Protecting the rights and dignity of persons who serve as research participants, and promoting excellence in research
What is the IRB?
The purpose of the Lourdes Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and dignity of persons who serve as research participants, and to promote excellence in research. The IRB reviews and approves all human subjects research proposals, whether conducted by Lourdes students, faculty, or staff; or by outside researchers using Lourdes as a research site, by applying human subjects. These standards include respect for autonomy, careful evaluation of the potential risks and benefits of the research, and fairness in the selection of research subjects.
What Research Must Be Reviewed by the IRB?
All research involving human subjects that is conducted by a Lourdes investigator (student, member of the faculty, staff or administration), or by an investigator from another organization who wishes to use Lourdes University as a research site, must comply with federal and college requirements for the protection of human subjects. The Lourdes University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for ensuring that all Lourdes research meets these requirements. Therefore, any investigator who plans research associated with Lourdes must first apply to the IRB for review and approval of their research. The Lourdes IRB protects the rights of human research subjects and supports excellence in research endeavors. (126.96.36.199 Institutional Review Board)
Research Conducted by Students: Students will work closely with their instructor and/or faculty advisor to develop a research application and to conduct the research. The student, faculty advisor and program director must all sign the IRB application to provide assurance that human subjects research requirements will be met.
Research Conducted by Faculty, Staff or Administration: Researchers are reminded that any project that gathers data by interacting with human subjects in order to contribute to generalizable knowledge must be submitted to the IRB for review. This includes preliminary studies as well as research applications in final form. Upon review, the IRB may determine that the project is exempt from further IRB oversight.
The Research Application Form
The required PDF Application Form is located in the Forms section. This form must be used for research proposals initiated in Spring Semester, 2011 or thereafter.
Sample consent forms and other documents that may be required are located in the Forms section.
IRB Information and Education
Links to ethical standards, federal regulations and definitions are provided on the left side of the main page.
Required Researcher Education
The link for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (C.I.T.I.) is found on the left side of the IRB main page. Beginning with January, 2011 only C.I.T.I. education will be accepted.
Patrice McClellan, Ed.D.
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