Advocate Health Care (AHC) is committed to the treatment of all human subjects involved in research in a manner such that their safety, dignity, confidentiality and right to be fully informed are protected to the greatest extent possible.
Research projects involving human subjects require review and approval by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). An IRB is an independent ethics committee composed of scientists and non-scientists who review research studies and serve as advocates for human subjects and protect their rights.
The Advocate Health Care IRB (AHC IRB) reviews and monitors all research involving human subjects taking place at an AHC site of care and/or conducted by an AHC affiliated researcher, employee or associate, including but not limited to inpatient and outpatient care, that in any way involves AHC patients and/or associates.
The AHC IRB office provides regulatory guidance and resources to the IRB committees, the investigators, and research teams. The office is responsible for assuring compliance of the institution, IRB committees and investigators with all appropriate regulations, and for submitting all research projects and project-related documents and actions to the IRB committee.
The AHC IRB web site is intended to provide the AHC research community with the information they need to determine what procedures should be followed in submitting an IRB application and what guidelines to use while conducting and managing research studies. The web site provides current forms and instructions, guidelines, recent news, and information on training, education, and on other human subject protection and IRB-related issues.
Click here to learn about educational series for PI’s and Coordinators on new IRB policies and procedures