The purpose of the Institutional Review Board or "IRB," at Riverside Health System is to protect the rights and welfare of patients involved in research protocols. This abides by the federal regulations in the Federal Register (21CFR Part 56) on Protection of Human Subjects.
The IRB currently has 18 voting members and meets once a month to review new protocols, amendments to protocols, progress reports, adverse events and other educational material. The IRB is composed of physicians, hospital staff, including nurses and pharmacists, as well as community representatives. Protocols are reviewed to assure that risks and benefits are addressed, and that patients are fully aware of these risks and benefits. Charlie Frazier, M.D., is the Chairman of the IRB.
The IRB meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. If you would like to submit a protocol for review, please contact Jennifer Brown, IRB Manager, at (757) 594-3219.