Human Subjects Research Information

Brandeis University requires all faculty and students engaged in research that involves human subjects to obtain the approval of the university's Institutional Review Board (IRB). You should read the Brandeis University Human Subjects Procedures and the federal regulations governing the Protection of Human Subjects.

Pay special attention to two sections:

You should also consult the Institutional Review Board Guidebook. Pay particular attention to Chapter 5 (Biomedical and Behavioral Research: An Overview), which provides information about matters of confidentiality, privacy and risk (to human subjects). It is also relevant to the special circumstances of fieldwork, noting that IRBs "should keep in mind the possibility of granting of waiver of informed consent" to fieldworkers.

In addition, you should read the National Science Foundation's "Frequently Asked Questions" about human subjects.