About Institutional Review Boards (IRB)
The IRB is charged with reviewing all studies involving human subjects for compliance with both Ascension Wisconsin institutional policies and with state, local and federal laws. The IRB also ensures that all studies comply with the ethical principles contained in the Belmont Report, such as respect for people, beneficence and justice. In general, an IRB is a committee charged by the U.S. government with protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research. The use of IRBs began in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) when a memorandum issued in 1966.
Ascension Wisconsin IRBs
The Ascension Wisconsin IRB has two committees, which are made up of at least five members, including Ascension Wisconsin Researchers and non-scientists, and at least one member who is not affiliated with the institution.
The IRB reviews studies that are no greater than minimal risk on an ongoing, first-come-first served basis. The full Board convenes monthly to review studies that are more than minimal risk. A fully convened IRB may also meet "on-demand" to allow for quicker review of studies or safety information.
You can review information about the IRB on the main IRB page, including rosters, compliance statement, fees and meeting schedule.
If you want to learn more about serving on the IRB, contact the IRB Office via email or at 414-465-3134.