Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Global Health

Research and IRB Resources for International Health Fellows

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.

For More Information:
Center for Global Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
645. N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1058
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: +1 312 503 8829
fax: +1 312 503 8800
d-young@northwestern.edu