Each IRB committee consists of faculty, students, and staff representing all University campuses, Fairview, and Gillette Children’s Specialty Hospital. Membership expertise includes scientists (biomedical and social behavioral), nonscientists, and unaffiliated members.
Federal human research regulations (45 CFR 46.107, 21 CFR 56.107) require IRBs to include at least one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas. Scientific expertise is vital to ensure that studies minimize risks to research participants through sound research design and, whenever appropriate, procedures already performed for diagnostic or treatment purposes (45 CFR 46.111, 21 CFR 56.111).
Nonscientists and Unaffiliated Members
Federal human research regulations (45 CFR 46.107, 21 CFR 56.107) require IRBs to include at least one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas. Community participation on the IRB is vital as these members review research from a nonscientific lens, sharing community and cultural perspectives in reviewing research. Unaffiliated members serving on the University’s IRB are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Fairview, or Gillette Children’s Specialty Hospital.
The IRB has the ability to seek expert consultation to assist in the review of issues which require expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB (45 CFR 46.107, 21 CFR 56.107).
Service on the IRB is vital to supporting the research mission of the University and the protection of participants in that research. The IRB draws members both from the University and its affiliates, as well as the external community.
We are currently seeking volunteers to serve on the IRB who reflect the diverse communities of participants and researchers who we serve and have the following expertise:
- Affiliated faculty or staff with experience and expertise in: cardiology; gynecologic oncology; and dermatology
If you have expertise in one of these areas and are interested in serving on the IRB, or if you would like to be considered for future openings on the IRB, contact us.