IRB Visiting Program

Key Features

  • Observe an institutional review board (IRB) meeting to learn about the protocol review process and identify best practices
  • Useful for learning about the IRB review process and identifying best practices and innovative methods
  • Available to IRB members and staff, as well as investigators and study teams

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The IRB Visiting Program allows investigators, study staff, and IRB members and staff to attend a local IRB meeting and observe deliberations of protocols. More than a dozen institutions, both Harvard affiliates and others, with a range of expertise and specializations have volunteered to open their IRB meetings, with advance notice, to visitors. Please note that a confidentiality disclosure agreement (CDA) may be required.

Participating institutions:

  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston University – Charles River Campus
  • Boston Medical Center/Boston University Medical Campus
  • 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
  • Hummingbird IRB
  • 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 Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of Rhode Island