Community Day at the Institutional Review Board

Community Day offers individuals the unique opportunity to observe how the Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research that involves people, to make sure research is safe, ethical, and respectful.

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutional Review Board (JHM IRB) is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of the human subjects of research conducted by faculty and staff at the Institutions. The JHM IRB reviews all human subjects research projects conducted by Hopkins faculty and staff.

Once a year, the IRB welcomes community members to participate in the review process with hopes to increase community awareness of the role of the Institutional Review Board in the research process. Community members get an opportunity to observe and learn how the IRB members work together to review and approve research, so that it is safe, ethical, and respectful. In return, the IRB receives a better understanding of questions and concerns the public may have about the research process, ethics, and safety. Community Day creates an opportunity for both groups to engage in an interactive discussion about the research protection process and how community stakeholders contribute (or may contribute) to the process. We value of the relationship between researchers and persons who may participate in research based on mutual trust and respect.

Additional Information:

Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board Website

Johns Hopkins Office of Human Subject Research Website

Guiding Principles of the Institutional Review Board (video)