The IRB’s Role in Achieving Diversity in Research

November 10 | 1:00-2:30 PM ET

The lack of appropriate representation in subject populations is a long-standing challenge for clinical research. The IRB plays a central role in considering and promoting diversity and inclusion in human subjects research. This webinar will review the rationale for improving diversity and inclusion in clinical studies and will discuss how the IRB can promote diversity during routine reviews of clinical research protocols. Case examples and practical resources will be presented.


This webinar will discuss the following topics:

  • The Belmont principle of justice and the scientific merits of inclusion.
  • Practical actions IRBs can take to promote diversity in subject populations.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to do the following:

  • Understand the importance of diversity in clinical research and identify the scientific merits of inclusion.
  • Describe the Belmont principle of justice as the basis for the inclusion of a diverse study population.
  • Implement specific actions IRBs can take when requesting, reviewing, and responding to clinical study information that promotes the inclusion of a diverse study population.


This webinar will apply to anyone involved in the design, review, or execution of clinical research protocols. IRB professionals, IRB members, researchers, and study staff will benefit from understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion in research as well as learning about tools to achieve a diverse subject population.

CE Information
Webinar participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential may apply 1.25 continuing education credits towards CIP recertification. Learn More »


Barbara E. Bierer, MD

Barbara E. Bierer, MD

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David H. Strauss, MD

David H. Strauss, MD

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Sarah White, MPH

Sarah White, MPH

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Individual rates
Member $145
Nonmember $200
Group rates
Member $325
Nonmember $400