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One small IRB has evolved in less than a decade from a board that had no full-time or part-time IRB professionals to having its own IRB administrator with part-time assistance. Limited staffing is one of the top challenges of small research programs.
Financial Disclosure: Author Melinda Young, Medical Writer Gary Evans, Editor Jill Drachenberg, Editorial Group Manager Leslie Coplin, and Physician Editor Lindsay McNair, MD, MPH, MSBioethics, report no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study. Nurse Planner Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, CMLSO, FAAN, is a consultant for Ethicon USA and Mobile Instrument Service and Repair.