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HML IRB Experience

Since 2000, HML IRB has provided research ethics approval for the international and domestic projects of UNICEF, The World Bank, Mathematica Policy Research, The Palladium Group/Futures Group, and many other organizations and independent investigators (see below).  Our focus is on social & behavioral research in public health, HIV/AIDS, children, education, refugee & migration, economics, WASH, agriculture, M&E, etc.  Many of these studies include subjects who are in high or very high risk situations (e.g., war and armed conflict, forced migration, physical or sexual abuse, forced labor, drug or sexual trafficking, prisoners, violence, etc.).  Our concern is human research subject protection.


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HML IRB Authorization

HML Institutional Review Board has received continuous re-authorizations since 1995, and is registered with the US Department of Health & Human Services; Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP Institutional Review Board #00001211, Federal Wide Assurance #00001102, IORG #0000850) to review research involving human subjects conducted or supported by the DHHS, or other federal departments or agencies that apply the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Common Rule”).

HML IRB Membership

D. Michael Anderson, PhD, MPH, Chair & Human Subjects Protections Director    

Penelope A. Lantz, JD, General Legal Counsel, Health Law & International Research Ethics

Lawrence O. Agyekum, PhD, MSc, Biomedical Informatics, Program Measurement & Evaluation

Asher E. Beckwitt, PhD, Qualitative Analysis Research Design & Methodology

Roberta Bensky, MA, International Organizational Development & Humanitarian Project Evaluation

Kristy Cook, PhD, International Agricultural Development Measurement & Evaluation

Alison Corbacio, MA, International Program Design, Measurement & Evaluation

Jennifer Crumlish, PhD, Clinical Child Psychology Research and Counseling

Jennifer Cuthill, MBA, Social Marketing Evaluation

Valentina Di Gregori, MD, MSc, International Medical Epidemiology Research

Suzanne Defibaugh, LICSW, LCSW-C, Clinical Psychosocial & Child Abuse Counseling

Farah Farahati, PhD, International Health Economics Research

Karen G. Fleischman Foreit, PhD, International Operations Research, Measurement & Evaluation

Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan, MPH, International Maternal & Child Health, Measurement & Evaluation

Mary Harris, PhD, Health Behavior & Disease Prevention Research

Constance Newman, PhD, Statistics & Agricultural Research

Jeffrey Pagel, MS, PhD candidate, International & Applied Economics Research

Arthur Rubens, DrPH, International Health Administration, Quality Improvement, Research & Evaluation

Jillian Schreffler, M.Ed, PhD candidate, Special Education & Disabilities Research

Katrina B. Stone, PhD, MS, Social Policy, Criminal Justice, and Vulnerable Population Research

David M. Vannier, PhD, Biomedical Research, Education, and Science Training & Policy

Jennifer A. Virgo, MSW, LICSW, Maternal & Child Health, At-Risk Youth, & School-Based Therapy

HML IRB meetings are held ad hoc in our Farragut North Office:

1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Suite 450

Washington, DC 20036 USA

About HML Institutional Review Board

Dr. Anderson's CV

HML IRB Standards

HML IRB follows rules and guidelines contained the USDHHS Code of Federal Regulations for the protection of human subjects (45CFR46), and The International Compilation of Human Research Standards of over 1,000 laws, regulations, and guidelines governing human subjects research in 107 countries, plus standards from several international and regional organizations.  We also follow the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) IRB Guidebook, and the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research from The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (the Belmont Report), the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation, Data Collection, and Analysis, and the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).

HML IRB Clients Include:

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

The World Bank Group

Mathematica Policy Research

The Palladium Group

A2F Consulting, ARCHIVE Global, Avenir Health, Brigham Young University, Classroom Inc, DAI Global, Delta Health, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Digital Health Futures, Ernest & Young, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), FHI360, ICRA Management Consulting Services Ltd., Insight Policy Research, International Labour Organization (ILO), Iris Group International, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Millennium Challenge Corporation, NR Management Consultants India, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Neuromotion Labs, Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Prevent Cancer Foundation, The QED Group, Quantum Consumer Solutions, Results for Development (R4D), Sapien Labs, Uganda Christian University, Water.org, What Works Foundation