Articles for Our Patients ~ Rajani Reddy, IRB Coordinator

Understanding the Institutional Review Board

Author: Rajani Reddy, IRB Coordinator • Language: ENG

What is the Institutional Review Board and what does it do?

The Institutional Review Board or IRB oversees and approves the hospital’s clinical trials and research studies. More importantly, the role of the IRB is to protect the rights of human research subjects.

PVHMC currently has 70 open studies. The types of studies are:

85% oncology related studies (60 studies)
15% other (10 studies) which are comprised of Psychosocial/Social Science studies.

Primarily, where do studies come from?

From all departments at PVHMC (Primarily Family Practice, Cardiology, Nursing and Oncology)
Local Universities and Colleges

What the IRB Coordinator Does:

Oversees IRB documentation: Research Proposal Template and the Consent Form.

Works closely with the Investigators to get forms "Board ready," including prescreening and analysis and addresses any questions holes in the design of the study or the details.

The IRB is in place to protect our patients by only allowing appropriate and credible clinical trials. The clinical trials that PVHMC conducts must be presented to the IRB for approval before patients are allowed to enroll.

If you are planning on starting a research study or clinical trial contact me.

Rajani Reddy

PVHMC IRB Coordinator


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