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August 1, 2013

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  • Experts: Saving time while improving review quality is top priority

    Research programs and IRBs across the nation increasingly are focusing on streamlining their human subjects research programs. One change that has grown over the past decade involves "unchecking the box" on the Federalwide Assurance (FWA).
  • IRBs may improve efficiency with these tips

    Research institutions nationwide continue to look for ways to improve quality while eliminating redundancy, regulatory creep, and inefficiencies. The key to success is flexibility and considering changes in any type of process that is not working as efficiently as possible, experts say.
  • IC information sheet can be used with IC waivers

    Informed consent discussions and recommendations are important and time-consuming. IRBs continually seek ways to improve the informed consent process while also finding better and more efficient ways of handling them. One way to streamline the IC process could be to make certain IRBs are not inundated with IC forms unnecessarily.
  • Experts call to restore abandoned trial data

    Not every clinical trial report sees the light of day. Some are abandoned when trial sponsors no longer actively seek publication, or when a study is misreported and no efforts are made to correct it.
  • University explores transnational IRB

    For about 30 years, the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis has had a research partnership with Moi University's Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, including an exchange program for medical students. As the clinical collaboration grew, IU researchers partnered with researchers at Moi to conduct studies in Kenya and other parts of Africa.