Professor Lance Tibbles
has been appointed to the Ohio Department of Health Institutional Review Board as a member-at-large. Director of Health Richard Hodges said that as an expert in the field of law and ethics, Professor Tibbles’ membership on the ODH IRB will be highly valued.
The ODH IRB is a standing committee currently consisting of members from the Department of Health, the Department of Medicaid, the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and the Department of Public Safety. The IRB is tasked with protecting the rights of human research participants. Prior to initiation, all projects directly or indirectly involving state agencies in human subject research must be reviewed and approved by the ODH IRB. This applies regardless of the source of funding or location of the study.
The primary purpose of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) is to assure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in research. An IRB is charged with balancing the risks and benefits of the research, ensuring an equitable selection of human subjects, obtaining valid informed consent of the human subjects, protection of subjects’ privacy and data confidentiality, and providing appropriate safeguards for vulnerable subject populations such as children, mentally disabled persons, economically or educationally disadvantaged persons, and prisoners.
Professor Tibbles currently is the longest serving member of the Capital University IRB. He previously served for 10 years on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital IRB and on the Yale University School of Arts and Sciences IRB.