Observe and learn about the IRB review process, best practices, and innovative methods. IRB Visiting Program
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At a glance
Key Features
  • Observe IRB deliberations of various protocols
  • Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement (CDA) may be required
Useful for
  • Learning about the IRB review process
  • Identifying best practices and innovative methods
Available to
  • IRB members and staff
  • Investigators and study staff

The IRB Visiting Program allows investigators, study staff, and IRB members and staff to visit and observe deliberations at area IRB meetings. More than a dozen institutions (from within and beyond Harvard Catalyst) with varied areas of expertise have volunteered to open their IRB meetings to visitors, with advanced notice.

The program encourages investigators to learn about the IRB review process, and allows IRB members and staff to observe the meetings of other IRBs. It also helps visitors learn best practices and innovative processes as they observe the review of clinical and translational research.

Participating institutions:
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston University - Charles River Campus
Boston University Medical Center
Cambridge Health Alliance
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dartmouth College
The Dimock Center
Fenway Clinic
Forsyth Institute
Harvard Longwood Area (HMS, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and HSDM)
Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Hebrew Senior Life
Joslin Diabetes Center
Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Schepens Eye Research Institute
Mount Auburn Hospital
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Tufts Health Sciences IRB (Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University Health Sciences)
University of Rhode Island