How did the IRB system evolve?
Historically, the notion that research subjects require institutional protection from research risk arose amid controversy and public outrage related to exploitation of research subjects in the name of science or the "common good." These now familiar stories of Tuskegee, Willowbrook, and the federal government’s radiation experiments have served to reshape clinical research. Today’s research and researchers are of a new era that reflects lessons learned from the past. As the ethical practice of research has evolved, so too has the role of the IRB.
Research ethics today
Today, training in research ethics is mandatory for all researchers and IRB members. IRB staff here and elsewhere are part of a profession with expertise in IRB procedures and regulatory compliance. So, while a fundamental tension between the interests of the scientist and the interest of the individual subject will always exist, today’s researcher, research institution, and IRB are far better equipped to address this tension in a manner which places the interests of the individual research subject first. At NYSPI, the IRB and the researchers whose studies we review work together to set and meet the highest standards for research and research protections.
The NYSPI IRB
Through prior and continuing review of research, investigator training, consultation, and ongoing quality improvement activities, the IRB helps support and guide the Institute’s research activities. Our membership provides expertise in the ethical, regulatory and scientific dimensions of human subjects research. Diversity in background, gender, race and ethnicity enrich the Board's experience and cultural sensitivity. Our devoted lay membership brings the perspectives of patients, their families, and the community to our work. IRB leadership works closely with NYSPI leadership to foster a local culture consistent with our ethical ideals and our commitment to excellence.
Below you will find more information on our IRB's authority and responsibilities.
Our Institution's Federalwide Assurance Number is: FWA00006105.
Our HHS IRB registration number is: IRB00000488.