Goals of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

  • Protect the rights of human subjects who participate in research conducted by faculty, staff, and students of Northeastern University.
  • Assess the risks and benefits of proposed research, and ensure that risks to human subjects are kept to an absolute minimum and are justified by potential benefits of the research.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of information obtained from research subjects to the extent allowed by law.
  • Ensure that, where appropriate, an Informed Consent or Informed Consent and Health Information Use and Disclosure Authorization is obtained from each research subject.
  • Facilitate high quality research at Northeastern University.
  • Create a cooperative process, encouraging dialogue with researchers.
  • Comply with applicable state and federal privacy laws.