Introduction to Human Subjects Research
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TRAINING HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH
Go to the CITI Course at www.citiprogram.org to complete SUNY Fredonia's required Human Subjects Training.
(CITI = Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative)
The mission of the SUNY Fredonia Human Subjects Review Committee is to ensure that the rights, welfare, privacy and dignity of human subjects are adequately protected in research conducted by our faculty, staff, and students.
Protection of Human Subjects
The State University of New York at Fredonia maintains that every member of the College community has the responsibility to ensure that research is conducted ethically and with rigorous compliance to standards and practices that will reassure public trust, safeguard the welfare of human subjects and promote scientific discovery.
Throughout history, scientific research has produced substantial social benefits as well as troubling ethical questions. Three events, namely the Nuremberg Doctors Trial of 1946, the Thalidomide Tragedy, and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Exposé, had significant impact on federal regulations for the protection of human research subjects.
In 1974, Congress passed the National Research Act creating the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The National Commission wrote the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (commonly called the Belmont Report). Investigators assume the ultimate ethical responsibility for their work with human subjects. Society grants them the privilege of using other humans to advance scientific knowledge. Compliance with human subject protections regulations should be seen as “the right thing to do” because it helps protect the rights and welfare of human subjects and preserves public trust in research.
The SUNY Fredonia Institutional Review Board (IRB) (called the Human Subjects Review Committee on our campus (or HSRC) is a group of individuals charged with reviewing proposed research involving human subjects to ensure the protection of those subjects and compliance with federal regulations. In keeping with the Federal regulations, membership is comprised of the following:
- Chair, Psychology;
- Chair, Sociology;
- Director, Counseling Center;
- senior faculty member, College of Education;
- senior faculty member at-large; and,
- a non-campus community member