The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is designated to protect the rights and welfare of research participants by reviewing and monitoring research involving human volunteers.
The IRB has the authority to:
- Approve research
- Require modifications in order to secure approval
- Disapprove research (convened IRB only)
- Suspend or terminate previously approved research
- Monitor consent process / conduct of research
- Investigate allegations
The IRB has diverse membership as required by Federal Regulations and is composed of scientific as well as non-scientific members (includes but is not limited to ministers, community representatives, lawyers, ethicists, scientists, and health care professionals).
The Members of the IRB volunteer their time to serve and are expected to:
- Attend one meeting per month
- Thoroughly review study documents prior to meeting
- Participate in meeting discussions
- Serve for a minimum of 3 years
Members undergo training prior to having voting privileges.
If you have an interest in serving on the board as a member, an alternate member, or an expert consultant, please contact the UNM Office of the IRB at (505) 277-2644 to discuss.
IRB Meeting Dates