Become an IRB member

Membership

Membership requires careful review of research protocols with emphasis on human subject protections issues, to ensure that research design is sound and study hypothesis is reasonable, risks to subjects are minimized, risks to subjects are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits, selection of subjects is equitable, informed consent is obtained or appropriately waived from all prospective subjects and documented, the research protocol includes a plan for data and safety monitoring, subject’s privacy and confidentiality are protected and appropriate additional safeguards are incorporated for any vulnerable subjects.

Each member brings a different voice and set of life experiences to the discussion. Members represent the various academic disciplines whose research is reviewed by the Committee as well as at least one member who is not affiliated with Yale. The intent is to provide expertise regarding the standards of a given academic field and to provide a broad perspective to assess whether the rights and welfare of research participants have been respected.