IRB Duties of the Spine Research Coordinator

IRB meetingGetting new studies through the local Institutional Review Board (IRB) is definitely one of the more challenging tasks of a spine research coordinator.

First of all, you have to write two different documents: the informed consent, which must be written in Junior high level language, and the actual IRB protocol, which must be written in scientific language that includes references.

Once your informed consent and protocol are approved for IRB presentation, you (and/or the principal investigator) must "sell" your study design to the review board members, some of whom have no scientific training whatsoever.

It is not uncommon for your study to be rejected the first time around; however, if the study has potential, then they will notify you in writing of changes that need to be made, in order to re-present the study.

Once the study is approved and gets underway, the spine research coordinator will have to periodically report to the IRB with regard to how the studies is progressing. If an injury or study complication occurs, then an immediate report must be submitted.

If you are a physician that has hospital privileges, then it is the hospital's IRB that we will be working with to gain study approval.

If you don't have hospital privileges and are in private practice, then there are independent IRBs that we would contract through.

If you have more questions about the IRB process or my abilities with regard to IRB management, please email me, and I would be happy to discuss them further. However, I will not be able to provide any examples of my previous work, for that work is privately owned by my former institution.

You can learn more about institutional review boards at this link: (Institutional Review Boards)