New England IRB extends our heartfelt support to those impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We are concerned for all individuals affected by these disasters and hope that all are safe and well. Disasters such as these impose additional challenges to clinical research sites and, specifically, the protection of human subjects.
We have reached out to all clinical research sites, and their sponsors, who have open studies with NEIRB. We are sensitive to the fact that research sites may not be in a position to respond to our inquiries, as they may have more basic human needs to address in the aftermath of these disasters. However, as soon as feasibly possible, we are requesting that affected sites please contact us with information on their current status.
Additionally, we are monitoring our social media accounts for communication from those who still have access to social media, but not e-mail. We are available on Twitter (@WCGClinical) and LinkedIn (WIRB-Copernicus Group). You can direct message us on either platform to receive assistance related to the conduct of research and human subject protection during severe disasters.