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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB (Institutional Review Board, formerly known as the Human Studies Subcommittee (HSS), is a subcommittee of the Research and Development (R&D) Committee. The R&D Committee and the IRB have been entrusted with the responsibility of insuring that research at Hines VA Hospital and North Chicago VA Medical Center is conducted under the most rigorous ethical standards in order to assure the protection of the rights, welfare, and safety of the veteran patients under our care.   Approval of a project by the IRB indicates compliance with the Federal Regulations for  research studies involving human subjects as set forth in 38 CFR 16, VHA Handbook 1200.5 and applicable FDA regulations.

The combined Human Research Protection Program has received full AAHRPP (Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs) accreditation.

If you are a current, prospective, or past research participant or their designated representative, and you wish to discuss a problem, concern, have a question, or if you want to offer input to an informed individual who is unaffiliated with a specific research protocol, please contact the IRB Office staff.

Please note that due to the purpose of the IRB, staff can not refer you to a specific research study.  If you are interested in participating in a research study, please discuss this with your Primary Care physician.

If you are an investigator or coordinator and need assistance, or need guidance as to if your proposed project is human subject research, please contact the IRB Office.

Human Research Protections Program (HRPP)

The Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and North Chicago VA Medical Center are engaged in research involving human subjects. Therefore, a HRPP has been developed to ensure the rights, safety and welfare of all subjects recruited or enrolled in research projects, regardless of funding source. 

a. The activities related to human subject research will be carried out in accordance with all applicable federal laws and regulations including the Belmont Report.

b. The Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and North Chicago VA Medical Center are also responsible for assuring that all personnel involved in research activities understand and comply with the ethical standards of research.

c. The Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and North Chicago VA Medical Center are also obligated to uphold ethical standards of research in working with sponsors.

d. The human subjects research program is governed by federal law (Common Rule) codified by the VA at 38 CFR 16 & 17. Research conducted within these institutions and their covered entities are compliant with VHA Handbook 1200.5. In addition, North Chicago VA Medical Center adheres to the DHHS regulations at 45 CFR 46, Subparts A-D, and the FDA regulations at 21 CFR 50, 56, 312, 361, and 812

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