RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY

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Ethics Review Board

RESEARCH DESIGN ADVICE

  • Quality assurance for research protocols

  • Quality assurance for research reports

  • Quality assurance for TORs, RFPs, RFAs, etc.

  • Study & Evaluation Design

  • Survey Tools & Methodology

  • Survey Implementation & Data Collection

  • Peer Review

  • R & D in Technologies for Behavioral Health & Life Sciences

  • Online Health Programs, Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, Health Education

  • SBIR Grant Application and Administration

  • Health Law & Eldercare Law

IRB ADVICE

  • Review of Human Subject Protection Protocols

  • Informed Consent & Ethical Concerns

  • Response to IRB Audits from OHRP, NIH, DEA, and Others

  • Creating IRB Proposals (If You Need a Review & When)

  • Staff Training on IRB Protocols & Submissions

COVID-19 IMPACTS ON RESEARCH & STUDIES

HML IRB believes in putting safety first for subjects, their communities, and researchers.  The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down much of the world as we know it.  This disease is complicated and dangerous, and we all need to innovate ways to function globally and locally.  This is compounded by the fact that we still don’t know how far reaching or devastating the extent of the virus will be to lives, communities or economies.

Our guidance is to follow local professional public health safety practice.  Researchers considering field work need to follow requirements of local authorities, keeping in mind that each country and region may be different.  Researchers may also need to consider conditions and requirements of their home country or region if applicable.  Studies involving subjects or communities with heightened health risks or those in congregate living situations need to be approached with extreme caution.  Currently, face-to-face interactions such as in-person interviews or focus group discussions are strongly discouraged in most places.

If your current study and data collection has been impacted by COVID-19, please complete the Change in Protocols Request Form found on our website under Application & Forms (#6).  Please send the completed form to plantz@hmlus.com along with any accompanying materials, including revised data collection tools or methods.  We usually review these requests within 48 hours of receipt at no additional charge for minor modifications.  If changes are substantial enough to require a more thorough ethical review, we will contact you before proceeding.

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