Office of Research Administration

Institutional Review Board (IRB)


The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established to review and approve human research. The purpose of the IRB is to ensure that all human research is ethically conducted in accordance with all applicable regulations and policy, while protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. The IRB ensures clinical trials involving investigational or unlicensed test articles (drugs, biologics, and devices) have the appropriate regulatory approval or meet exemptions for such approval and the human research is in compliance with all requirements. The IRB approves each research protocol or plan according to criteria based on policy, applicable laws, regulations, codes, guidance, and best practices. The IRB may perform or request audits as necessary, serves as a Privacy Board, establishes policy, and provides guidance, education, and technical support to investigators and their collaborators.


Vision

The SUNY Downstate Medical Center IRB will be the best-in-class partner, as it:

  • Delivers high quality, focused, efficient, and friendly service to Downstate Medical Center investigators and their collaborators.
  • Promotes an environment which facilitates collaboration among Downstate Medical Center investigators and their collaborators.

Mission

The SUNY Downstate Medical Center IRB:

  • Functions to achieve regulatory compliance while protecting the rights and welfare of research participants.
  • Provides technical support, policy, and guidance regarding human research to Downstate Medical Center investigators and their collaborators.
  • Contributes towards the education of Downstate Medical Center investigators regarding IRB-related matters.

Values

In carrying out its mission, the SUNY Downstate Medical Center IRB values:

  • Integrity and ethical behavior;
  • Diversity and respect;
  • Quality and service; and
  • Transparency and accountability.

General Contact Information:

The IRB Office is located in the Basic Science Building (Room # BSB 3-26). Investigators may stop by at any time; however, appointments are strongly encouraged.

The IRB Office can be reached at (718) 613-8480.