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IRB Training Program

Members of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), IRB administrators, research ethics committees, tribal governance bodies, and others who are involved in research participant protections are invited to apply for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Research Board (IRB) internship Program.

The Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health, in cooperation with the NIH Combined NeuroSciences IRB and the National Human Genome Research Institute Education and Community Involvement Branch, offers an IRB internship for a cohort of up to five (5) qualified candidates every year, subject to funding. The selected interns will observe meetings of several intramural IRBs, shadow IRB staff, attend the NIH human subjects research ethics course, attend IRB training courses and staff meetings, and take part in various research seminars offered by the Department of Bioethics. Interns may also participate in elective activities, including visiting the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) and serving as ad hoc reviewers of IRB protocols, depending on interest and expertise. Interns will be given a workspace in the Department of Bioethics.

Participants will be presented with a Certificate upon successful completion of the internship. The program typically runs from September to December. In some years, a spring session may be added as needed.

The program is now on hold, program details will be available in the near future.

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