IRB Overview

Which IRB will review my research?

Biomedical IRB

The Biomedical IRB reviews research designed to study specific diseases and conditions including detection, cause, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of persons; the design or evaluation of methods, drugs and devices used to diagnose, support and maintain the individual during and after treatment for specific diseases or conditions; and/or the scientific investigation required to understand the underlying life processes which affect disease and human well-being, including such areas as cellular and molecular bases of diseases, genetics, immunology, etc.

Biomedical research often involves:

  • Studies of mechanisms of human diseases
  • Studies of therapies or interventions for disease
  • Epidemiological Studies that investigate the distribution of disease, the factors that affect health, and how people make health-related decisions
  • Outcomes and health services research that investigate the most effective and most efficient interventions, treatments, and services
  • Clinical Trials
  • Studies to develop new technology related to diseases and conditions
  • Social-behavioral studies involving the use of drugs or devices, radiation or radiolabeled tracers, and other invasive procedures require review by the Biomedical IRB

Community Research IRB

The Community Research IRB reviews all research, both biomedical and social sciences, conducted between Purdue and one or more of our community partners: IU Health Arnett, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, and Horizon Oncology Research, Inc.

Social Sciences IRB

The Social Sciences IRB reviews research involving education, social and behavioral sciences. The social sciences refer broadly to research that investigates human attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors and is often characterized by data collection methods such as questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, observation, studies of existing records and other experimental designs involving exposure to some type of non-biomedical stimulus or intervention.

Studies Involving Multiple IRBs

It is not always possible to clearly delineate between biomedical, behavioral and social research. Oftentimes studies investigate elements or utilize procedures related to all these different research areas. The IRBs have final say as to which IRB reviews a particular research project.

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