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Human Subjects Research/IRB

New York Medical College’s Committees for Protection of Human Subjects, commonly known as Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), are charged with protecting the rights and welfare of patients and volunteers participating in biomedical, behavioral and social sciences research.  The College has two distinct IRB panels: 1) General, Medical and Behavioral IRB and 2) Oncology IRB.  These committees serve as the IRBs for New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center, Metropolitan Hospital Center, Terrence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center and the Westchester Institute for Human Development.

"Human Subjects Research" is the systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge during which an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with a living individual or (2) identifiable private information.

Human subjects research includes studies of:

  • New drugs, materials and devices
  • New uses of an FDA approved drug
  • Experimental treatments or surgical procedures
  • Differences between approved treatments

and studies that require:

  • Review of patient charts
  • Surveys and interviews
  • Human materials (e.g. tissue)

Submission of applications for IRB approval are due two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.

IRB approval must be renewed at least annually.


See the AAMC Clinical Research Proclamation