An Introduction to Ask the IRB Experts Forum

Clinical research is complicated.  At WCG, we get questions about clinical research all the time— from researchers, from clinical team members at biopharma companies, from members of institutional IRBs.  We know that for many of the questions we get, the person asking is not the only one struggling with that issue, and while we often write white papers to address questions we get frequently, we wanted a different, more immediate and less formal way to share information across the clinical research community.

So we created the Ask the IRB Experts forum.  You can submit questions to us on anything related to research ethics and research oversight including institutional review board operations, practice and regulations.  Our experts, with decades of experience and a deep knowledge of regulations, ethics, and research best practices, will answer. We’ll post the questions (anonymized) and answers on our website, so you can look through them any time for topics that are of interest to you, or just scan to see what others are asking. 

As the largest organization for the ethical and regulatory oversight of research, we see our role in the clinical research infrastructure as facilitating the conduct of scientifically rigorous, ethically conducted clinical research.  We want this to be a resource that helps you to design and conduct that research.  We look forward to working on this project together.

- Dr. Lindsay McNair

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All information available on this site is intended for your general knowledge and is not for the purpose of providing regulatory advice or a substitute for institutional review board review. You should not use this information to determine compliance with any applicable laws or regulations governing institutional review boards and human subjects research.


About the Author

Dr. Lindsay McNair, MD, MPH, MSB | Chief Medical Officer, WCG

Dr. Lindsay McNair has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining WCG, she was a consultant to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, providing medical guidance on clinical development strategies and study designs for new drug studies, and medical oversight of all phases of clinical trials. Dr. McNair teaches graduate-level courses on the scientific design of clinical research studies. She has been actively involved in IRB work for 18 years, and has a Master’s of Science in Bioethics with a concentration in research ethics.

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