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IRB CHAIR - Robert Rosenthal, M.D.
As a long time member of the IRB, I have had the opportunity to review many types of human subject research. I firmly believe that such research is critical to improving the health and welfare of our growing population. It is often difficult, however, to balance the importance of research to society as a whole against the rights of the individual research subject. As chair of the IRB for the University of Maryland Baltimore I have the privilege of acting as the advocate for the research subject, helping to assure the safety of those volunteers willing to donate time and effort to promote excellence in human research.
SENIOR VICE CHAIR - Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH, PhD
There is an ethical obligation to maximize safety in research. At a very basic level, the principle of beneficence requires that harm to research subjects is minimized. In addition, trust in the research enterprise is consistently found to be central to the decisions of individuals to participate in research. Consequently, research must be trustworthy. As such, research must be well designed, as safe as possible and responsibly conducted.
VICE CHAIR - James Campbell, MD, M.S.
I chose to be Vice Chair because I believe that collectively, our institution, investigators, and IRB can improve the health of others through reasoned, ethical, and ambitious investigations. I enjoy being a part of that progress as clinician, researcher, and IRB member.
VICE CHAIR - Seth Himelhoch, MD, MPH
The scientific integrity of the research we conduct presupposes an ethical foundation that emphasizes respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. It is a great privilege to work with Institutional Review Board knowing that it provides a framework that ensures the research conducted at the University meets the highest scientific and ethical standards.
VICE CHAIR - Robert Edelman, A.B., M.D.
After serving 9 years as IRB Chair, I was asked to serve as an IRB Vice Chair with complete focus on initiating and directing the Clinical Research Training and Mentoring Program (CRTMP). This new HRPP/HPRO program is designed to help improve the quality of human subjects research by means of person-to-person mentoring of selected investigators in the seven UMB professional schools. The CRTMP provides customized instruction to meet the unique needs of the PI and his/her research staff on a protocol-by-protocol basis, including assistance in navigating CICERO and complying with GCP and research regulations to facilitate IRB approval.