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Broward College Institutional Review Board (IRB)

This site contains information for guiding researchers through the Broward College Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval process.
What is the IRB Committee:
The  IRB committee performs ethical review of proposed research and is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of people involved in research.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) set the guidelines and regulations governing human subject research and IRBs.
The Broward College IRB was established to assure that any research conducted at the College involving the collection or analysis of data collected from or about human subjects conforms to the following ethical standards based on the ethical principles of the Belmont Report, as required by the HHS:
  • Respect for Persons: Recognizing the autonomy, and dignity of all human subjects and the awareness of additional needs and lack of autonomy of vulnerable subjects, including economically or educationally disadvantaged persons, children, prisoners, pregnant women, and those persons who are cognitively or mentally impaired.
  • Beneficence: Protecting persons from harm by maximizing anticipated study benefits and minimizing possible risks associated with the research.
  • Justice: Fairness in the dissemination of research benefits and burdens.
The IRB consists of Broward College faculty, administrators, and staff, as well as external community members with areas of expertise in various disciplines​​​​​​, including scientific and non-scientific fields. Members are well versed in research methods, ethical standards, and federal regulation regarding the treatment of human subjects in research.
Institutional Review Board Members​ ​
Dr. Todd Bernhardt​ ​Internal Committee Member
Dr. Amy Hyman Gregory​ ​IRB Administrator
Dr. Sheila Jones​ ​Internal Committee Member
Ms. Mia Ocean​ ​External Committee Member
Dr. Colleen Quinn​ ​Internal Committee Member
Dr. David Serrano​ ​Internal Committee Member
Ms. Denise Schultz​ ​External Committee Member
Ms. Donica Young​ ​Internal Committee Member
Dr. Joyce Walsh-Portillo​ ​Chairperson
IRB meetings are held once a month during the academic year. IRB proposals must be submitted two weeks prior to scheduled meetings dates.

Meeting Date Submission Deadline
September 14, 2015 ​August 31, 2015
October 5, 2015 ​September 21, 2015
November 2, 2015 ​October 19, 2015
December 7, 2015 ​November 23, 2015
January 11, 2016 ​December 14, 2015
February 8, 2016 ​January 25, 2016
March 14, 2016 ​February 22, 2016
April 4, 2016 ​March 21, 2016
May 2, 2016 ​April 18, 2016
Letters of support from Broward College for investigators who wish to obtain data from Broward College and are employed by Broward College (e.g., faculty, staff) while attending an external post-secondary institution, may be provided at the discretion of the IRB Chairperson.  Requests should be submitted electronically through using the Letter of Support Template below. 
Please download the Letter of Support Template for guidance.
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