Please include IRB in the subject line of all email communications.
Meryl Nadel, Chair
Associate Professor, Social Work Department
Phone: (914) 633-2471
Tresmaine Grimes, Administrator
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phone: (914) 633-2206
The Human Subjects Review Board/Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established to help protect the rights and welfare of human research participants, including biological materials (blood, tissue, etc.). Federal regulations require that an IRB review and approve research involving human subjects if it is funded or regulated by the federal government. Most research institutions, professional organizations, and scholarly journals, including Iona College, have chosen to apply the same requirements to all human research, regardless of the funding source.
The IRB at Iona College is guided by the principles outlined in the Belmont Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (April 18, 1979). In order to fulfill its mission, the IRB carefully reviews research proposals to determine the following:
The Iona IRB has the authority to:
The Iona IRB does not have the authority to:
These steps generally FOLLOW IRB approval.
The membership of the IRB may vary at any given time, depending upon people's availability/work requirements, etc. As a general rule, however, the IRB is composed of at least five members, including one member not affiliated with Iona College, representing varied academic disciplines. In addition, regulations also stipulate that the members are chosen based on their experience and expertise in all areas of research being reviewed; diversity of backgrounds; knowledge of institutional commitments, regulations, and standards of professional conduct; and knowledge and experience with vulnerable populations.
Membership Qualifications and Responsibilities are described in a separate section. In addition to the criteria specified in that section, hearings of the IRB may also include the following:
Proposals from researchers not affiliated with Iona are not being considered at this time.