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‘Behind Closed Doors’

By Mitch Smith

Many researchers level complaints against institutional review boards (IRBs), which can delay or derail projects their members deem unethical, unrealistic or illegal. Seeking to understand how the boards work, a Wesleyan University assistant professor, Laura Stark, sat through hours of deliberations at boards across the country. Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research, published this year by the University of Chicago Press, explains through observation and interviews how and why IRBs function the way they do. Stark agreed to answer a few questions from Inside Higher Ed.

Continued at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/02/08/author-provides-inside-look-irbs#ixzz1lqQxb8I1

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