The primary responsibility of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to assure that the rights and welfare of the human subjects involved in research at Borgess Medical Center are adequately protected and that human subjects are not exposed to inappropriate risks.
The IRB assists investigators by reviewing their research projects in a manner that minimizes potential harm to human subjects, will review all planned research involving human subjects prior to initiation of the research, will approve research that meets established criteria for protection of human subjects, and will monitor approved research to ensure that human subjects have given informed consent to participate in the research and ensure that human subjects remain protected during the entire course of a study.
Any research protocol that will be conducted on the Borgess Medical Center Gull Road campus or offsite facilities (Borgess Health & Fitness Center, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, Borgess-Pipp Hospital, Borgess at Woodbridge Hills) will be reviewed by the IRB. Investigators are encouraged to contact the IRB when developing their protocol as due date and deadlines vary depending on the type of research. The IRB office is located in the North Professional Building, Suite 210. Stephen Jefferson, MD, is the chairperson of the IRB, and Joan Sutherland, Research Compliance Coordinator, is the primary contact; both can be reached at (269) 226.7341 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institutional Review Board Standard Operating Procedures (3/2013)
Continuing Your Research
Documentation of training in research ethics is available at no cost through the three web based training sites listed below:
NIH Clinical Research Training
NIH Protecting Human Subject Research Participants
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
Select “Ascension Health” as the affiliated institution/organization name followed by a learner group based on the type of research you will be doing (i.e. biomedical or social & behavioral).
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