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Study Title: An Assessment of how IRBs, REBs, and RECs Experience and Manage Global Health Research Ethics Challenges
IRB #:00001075
Principal Investigator: James Lavery, PhD, Emory University

Introduction and Study Overview
Thank you for your interest in our IRB/REC/REB global health ethics research study. We would like to tell you everything you need to think about before you decide whether or not to join the study. It is entirely your choice. If you decide to take part, you can change your mind later on and withdraw from the research study.

The purpose of this study is to explore the effectiveness of current research ethics regulations and international guidelines at assisting IRBs/REBs/RECs in navigating the ethical issues that arise in the global health research programs at their institutions. This study will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey.

We don't anticipate any risk to you, however this survey may ask you to think about and report on ethically challenging scenarios you experience as a part of an IRB, which has the potential to cause temporary emotional stress. Further, as this survey will take 10-15 minutes, it may be a small burden on your time. It is your decision to complete this survey. You can stop the survey at any time or skip any questions you want. There is no penalty for stopping the survey.

This study is not intended to benefit you directly, but we hope that the findings of this study will inform recommended priorities for policy development and institutional strategies to improve key aspects of global health programs and research.

Study records can be opened by court order. They also may be provided in response to a subpoena or a request for the production of documents. Certain offices and people other than the researchers may look at study records. Government agencies and Emory employees overseeing proper study conduct may look at your study records. These offices include The Office for Human Research Protections, the Emory Institutional Review Board, the Emory Office of Research Compliance. Emory will keep any research records we create private to the extent we are required to do so by law. A study number rather than your name will be used on study records wherever possible. Your name and other facts that might point to you will not appear when we present this study or publish its results.

De-identified data from this study (data that has been stripped of all information that can identify you), be placed into public databases where, in addition to having no direct identifiers, researchers will need to sign data use agreements before accessing the data. We will remove or code any personal information that could identify you before your information is shared. This will ensure that, by current scientific standards and known methods, it is extremely unlikely that anyone would be able to identify you from the information we share. Despite these measures, we cannot guarantee anonymity of your personal data.

Your data from this study may be useful for other research being done by investigators at Emory or elsewhere. To help further science, we may provide your deidentified data to other researchers. If we do, we will not include any information that could identify you. If your data are labeled with your study ID, we will not allow the other investigators to link that ID to your identifiable information.

Once the study has been completed, we will publish a summary of all of the results of the study and what they mean. We will not publish you and your individual results from this study.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this study, your part in it, or if you have questions or concerns about the research, you may contact the following: Michelle Grek, Research Coordinator,

If you have questions about your rights at research participant, complaints about the research or an issue you rather discuss with someone outside the research team, contact the Emory Institutional Review Board at 404-712-0720 or toll-free at 877-503-9797 or by email at

Thank you!

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