The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with UNC Health Care and associates, is dedicated to protecting the rights and safety of all research participants. The Institutional Review Board, or IRB, is a group of concerned people for the medical, scientific and local community that review all research conducted at UNC before it begins and on a regular basis.
A research study cannot be conducted at UNC if the IRB does not review and approve it. The United States government has rules and regulations that the IRB must follow. The IRB makes sure that the rules set up by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration are followed.
More information about the IRB and volunteer rights and protections can be found at: