About the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Federalwide Assurance
- Contact Information
- Research Participation
- Becoming an IRB Member/Application
- Peter Gerhardstein, PhD, IRB Chair
- Marissa Barbieri, IRB Associate Director
- Eric P. Hoffman, PhD, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Suk Young Kang, PhD, Department of Social Work, College of Community and Public Affairs
- Kenneth Kurtz, PhD, Psychology
- Pong-Yu (Peter) Huang, PhD, Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science
- Nicole Fenty, PhD, Department of Teaching Learning Education Leadership
- Rodney Gabel, PhD, CCC-SLP Founding Director SLP Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences
- Timothy Cortesi, Assistant Director of Technology Support Services, ITS
- Allen D. Alt, MD, Retired Community Physician
- Titilayo Okoror, PhD, Department of Africana Studies, Harpur College (alternate member)
- The risks to human research subjects are minimized by using procedures that are consistent with sound research design and that do not unnecessarily expose the research participants to risk.
- The risks to human research subjects are reasonable in relation to the anticipated benefits (if any) to the individual, and the importance of the knowledge that may be expected to result.
- The selection of human subjects for research participation is equitable.
- Human research subjects are adequately informed of the risks and benefits of research participation and the procedures that will be involved in the research; and that informed consent is obtained from each prospective human research subject, or his/her legally authorized representative, in accordance with, and to the extent required by federal regulations and IRB policies.
- Informed consent of human research subjects is obtained in advance of research participation and appropriately documented in accordance with, and to the extent required by federal regulations and IRB policies.
- The research plan, when appropriate, makes adequate provisions for monitoring the data collected to ensure the safety of human research subjects.
- There are adequate provisions to protect the privacy of human research subjects and to maintain the confidentiality of research data.
- Appropriate additional safeguards have been included in the study to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects who are likely to be vulnerable to coercion or undue influence (e.g., children, prisoners, pregnant women, decisionally impaired persons, or economically or educationally disadvantaged persons).
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Binghamton NY 13902-6000
Telephone (607) 777-3818
Binghamton University supports the advancement of both biomedical and social and behavioral research. Volunteers like you from our community are always welcomed to be study participants and your safety and welfare, and our commitment of ethical practices, are our highest priority. Binghamton University is accredited through the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) and holds an approved assurance of compliance (FWA) with the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). OHRP aslo provides information about becoming a participant. You can access the brochure "Becoming a Research Volunteer: It's Your Decision" at https://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/education-and-outreach/learn-about-research/brochures/index.html to learn more. You can also be integral in discovering new treatments to improve the physical and mental health of many by participating in a Clinical Trial. For more information, go to ClinicalTrials.gov.
For information on what to expect a research participant at Binghamton University (i.e. what is an Informed Consent, who do I contact to ask about a study, are there studies I can join at Binghamton as a member of the community, what are my rights as a participant), please reach out to the IRB Associate Director at (607) 777-3918 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The researcher team conducting the study you are participating in should provide you with answers to specific questions about the study. You may contact the researcher with questions at any time before, during or after the study. If you would like to obtain information about a research study, please contact the IRB Office at (607) 777-3818.
If you have questions, concerns, complaints or wish to discuss problems or your rights as a research subject please reach out to the Office of Research Compliance at (607) 777-3532. Anonymity, if desired, will be protected to the extent possible. As an alternative method of contact, an email may be sent to email@example.com or a letter sent to the attention of the IRB Associate Director at the address noted above.
Becoming an IRB Member
Unaffiliated community members play an important role on the IRB. They bring fresh insight and perspective to board decisions about how best to protect research participants. The Community Member has the particular responsibility of bringing the perspective of the volunteer research participant to the review of protocols. Community members do not have a current affiliation with Binghamton University. They also must not have an immediate family member (spouse or child) affiliated with the institution.
IRB members with a non-scientific background may be employed at Binghamton University or they may be community members. There must be a non-scientist member at every IRB meeting.