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Protecting human research subjects

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The current system of protections is supported by many conscientious researchers committed to protecting human subjects and by many dedicated IRB (Institutional Review Board) members and staff doing their best under trying circumstances. But, I must reiterate our warning signal-- that the effectiveness of the current system of human-subject protections is in need of reform. IRBs are struggling under intense workload and resource constraints. This situation will only intensify if funding for research is increased...
-- George Grob, Deputy Inspector General for Evaluation and Inspections, 06/11/1998

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