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Mayo: A Model for the IRB Community Member Role

Deb Sprau, Jackie Sheeran, and Ross Messick

What You Don’t Know on Certificate of Confidentiality, but should!!!

David Forster, J.D., WIRB, Chief Compliance Officer
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Social Media, Research, and Ethics: Challenges and Strategies

Social Media, Research, and Ethics: Challenges and Strategies (PPT, 7.8Mb)
Elizabeth A. Buchanan, Ph.D

Terminology from Internet Research Ethics website (PDF, 75k)

Terms Related to Internet Ethics (PDF, 85k)

Internet Research Ethics

  1. Internet Research Ethics Site
  2. Internet Research Ethics Resources
  3. JERHRE: Computer Science Security Research and Human Subjects: Emerging Considerations for Research Ethics Boards (PDF, 538k)

Submit your entry to share news and events about your organization or helpful information on your favorite community IRB member–related website. Visit this page frequently to access our growing list of resources.

Discussion Group

An online discussion forum has been developed to provide a mechanism for open discussion on issues related to community members serving on IRBs. Subscribers can exchange news and information of interest by posting and replying to pertinent data. Submissions are cleared by a moderator to ensure the integrity of all postings.

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Helpful educational tools are provided here. Let us know of any products or articles you'd like to share as a community IRB member.

Human Subjects Research Brochures. University of Southern California, Protection for Research Subjects Program developed brochures for users online.

"You Want to be an IRB Community Member... Now What?"
University of Southern California shares new publication, "You Want to be an IRB Community Member... Now What?" was highlighted in the October 2007 issue of IRB Advisor with an expected print date in early 2008. Because we are perfectionists, we just now completed this effort and are pleased to announce that it is FINALLY ready for distribution.

At present we will only be distributing this booklet in hard copy via US mail although in several months we will post on our website. Please send your request with mailing information and to and USC/OPRS will mail you a copy.

Susan Rose, PhD, OPRS Executive Director, University of Southern California

Ensuring Community–Level Research Protections
University of Washington shares new publication. Community–Campus Partnerships for Health announces new publication, Ensuring Community–Level Research Protections, based on the recent six–part Educational Conference Call Series on Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and Ethical Issues in Research co–sponsored in partnership with the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care. The report is intended as a resource and discussion piece for a wide variety of groups interested in learning about community–level research protections from unique perspectives. Community–based organizations involved in research, community–institutional research partnerships, IRBs, research ethics boards and community advisory boards will be especially interested in this report.

The report includes:

The report can also be downloaded for free from the CCPH homepage at The full collection of audio files, PowerPoint presentations, and speaker biographies from the call series can be accessed at

If you have any questions about the report, please contact CCPH Program Director at (through July 31, 2008) or (starting August 1, 2008).

For more information about CCPH's CBPR & Research Ethics program, visit

To subscribe to CCPH's CBPR & Research Ethics Listserv, send an email to

National Cancer Institute Educational Materials
Learning About Clinical Trials

Human Subjects Protection Resource Book
Information currently available on the protection of human subjects in research, the continuing application of such information to new areas of endeavor, and the ever–changing rules, regulations, and guidance involved in the hope that it might provide useful information for investigators, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), research organizations, research subjects, and others.

DOE Protecting Human Research Subjects Newsletter
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research

Office for Human Research Protections
International Compilation of Human Subject Research Protections

Provides direct web links to each country's Key Organizations and laws, whenever available. OHRP believes this Compilation will help IRBs, researchers, and others to meet regulatory requirements to assure that research studies comply with applicable law.

CFR 45 Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects
A revised, up–to–date version of the HHS regulations for the protection of human subjects. This updated version includes the following  technical amendments to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that were announced in the FEDERAL REGISTER on June 23, 2005:

Army Surgeon General's Human Subjects Research Review Board
Consent Form Guidelines
Consent Form Checklist
Protocol Review Guidelines
Protocol Review Checklist

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