One of the most important steps an investigator will take when conducting a research project is applying for approval (or exemption) from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Northwestern University’s IRB exists for the independent review of human subjects research before the research begins and periodically during the life of a study. An IRB may approve, require modifications to, or disapprove proposed research activities. Northwestern University policy mandates prior written IRB approval for all NU human subjects research activities, regardless of funding and no matter where conducted. FSM students who wish to conduct research at an international site will also be required to obtain approval from the host-institution and/or host-community’s ethics committee. This page refers student investigators and international health fellows to additional resources available to them at Northwestern and outside of the university.
- Categories of Research That May Be Reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) through an Expedited Review
- Chart Review Guidance and Instructions: FAQ on retrospective and prospective studies, exempt, expedited or full board review, informed consent and waiver of documented consent, etc.
- Frequently Asked Questions about HIPAA & Research
- FSM Research Office: Helpful resources on FSM Research Cores, clinical trials, funding opportunities, etc.
- FSM Resources for Researchers: Links to resources such as Northwestern’s Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), LatticeGrid, ResearchMatch.org, etc.
- Health and Human Services Human Subjects Regulations Decision Charts
- Identifying a Mentor: The Center for Global Health works with FSM students to guide them through the sometimes challenging and usually highly rewarding process of identifying and working with a faculty member as an advisor on a research project. CGH can assist individual students network among faculty at FSM’s global partner institutions and offers two resources to students to help identify mentors at FSM. At FSM, there are two directories students should consult when beginning a new research project.
- International Compilation of Human Research Protections – 2011 Edition: Detailed overview compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which lists over 1,000 laws, regulations, and guidelines that govern human subjects research in 101 countries as well as the standards from many international and regional organizations.
- Institutional Review Board (IRB) at NU: This web site is designed to provide researchers with the information needed to obtain IRB approval, and to serve as a resource for NU researchers, students, and staff; government agencies; human subjects; and the community at large.
- Key Elements of a Clinical Research Protocol
- Northwestern University’s Office of Research
For More Information:
Center for Global Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
645. N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1058
Chicago, IL 60611