Thursday, August 16, 2007

IRB abuses

Institutional Review Boards are a very important part of our human research. They are the major line of defense against research that degrades our humanity, and protects subjects in clinical research. Thank goodness they're there avoid a repeat of a nasty part of our history.

Unfortunately, as institutions do, IRBs have suffered from mission creep and a growing conservatism. It's a growing opinion that IRBs are overstepping their bounds and bogging down research and journalism that has no chance of harming human subjects. Via Statistical Modeling etc. I found IRBWatch, which details some examples of IRB abuses.