Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Blogrolling: Institutional Review Boards

My interest in IRBs is derivative -- I'm married to a historian who does 20th century history, including oral history. We've talked about the First Amendment challenges posed by IRBs (required for federal funding, but often expanding beyond their statutory mandate). Now he's started the aptly-named Institutional Review Blog to cover IRB news, discussion, and horror stories. The latest post notes a Northwestern Law Review symposium on IRBs, gently suggesting that the law professors, like their students, need to spend more time reading the statute.

If I had one wish for my students, it would be that they'd always start by reading the relevant statutes.

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