Innovative Tools and Approaches for Streamlining the Research Review Process for American Indian Tribal IRBs


Description of the Research
Tribal Nations are increasingly establishing their own ethics review boards, which enable tribes to exercise their inherent sovereignty and have an active voice in research. These entities provide direct oversight for research conducted on tribal lands and ensure community protections, protection of tribal individuals, cultural practices and tribal resources involved in research. The emergence of Tribal Nations ethics review boards and IRBs has created the need for the development of tools and resources that ensure inclusion of tribal law and values in the research review process and educate tribal IRB members on federal human subjects’ protections regulations and IRB operations. This poster will describe the efforts of the Regulatory Knowledge Core within the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health and its’ tribal partners to develop and evaluate tools for tribal IRB member education, IRB administration, and review and management of protocols. 

Results demonstrate that these innovative tools have been successful in streamlining the review process for tribal IRBs.