Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Mather LifeWays protects participants in research

Specifically, the IRB reviews all human-subjects research projects that are:

  • Sponsored by Mather LifeWays;
  • Conducted by or under the direction of any employee or agent of Mather LifeWays in connection with his/her responsibilities or using any of its property or residence;
  • Involved in the use of Mather LifeWays non-public information to identify or contact participants.

 

The Mather LifeWays IRB follows federal review guidelines

The IRB is guided by four overriding principles:

  • Subjects must be informed about the nature of the study and the details of their participation; their participation must be voluntary.
  • The benefits of the research must outweigh the risks.
  • The risks and benefits of research should be evenly distributed among the possible subject populations.
  • Confidentiality and anonymity of subjects must be maintained.

Researchers must complete the new project application for all research studies, including pilot and feasibility studies. The IRB generally meets monthly. As protocol submissions come to the IRB, they will be reviewed by staff for completeness and staff will recommend an appropriate IRB review (full, expedited, or exempt). Federal regulations require that all human-subjects research projects are reviewed annually or more frequently.

 

For more information or to request an IRB application, please e-mail Dugan O’Connor at doconnor@matherlifeways.com or call him at (847) 492.6755.