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​Distinctive Success in JCI Surveillance

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) at the American University of Beirut achieved the desired excellent results in the Joint Commission International (JCI) surveillance that was held between April 3 and April 7, 2017 at the AUB Medical Center. (Read more )

Renewal of HRPP/IRB FWA

The Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP), in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in the United States has approved AUB HRPP renewal of the Federal-Wide Assurance (FWA). In the FWA, the Institutional Official, that is the AUB Provost, certifies that AUB assures that all activities related to human subjects' research, regardless of the funding source, are guided by the ethical principles of the Belmont Report.

AUB IRB Authorization by the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon

AUB IRB is authorized by the Ministry of Public Health per the Decree 1/141 that regulates Clinical Research and the IRBs in Lebanon. AUB IRB meets all terms and requirements mandated by the decree and has received this authorization, with no requests for modifications,  after the MOPH committee review of AUB IRB application in February 2017.  AUB-IRB Authorization Letter by MOPH

The release of a Revised Electronic Version of the Research Enrollment Form for Clinical Research Trials and Interventional Research studies conducted at AUBMC (Click Here to Read the Details )

Education and Outreach News

Good Research Practice Education Sessions:

The Human Research Protection Program and the Institutional Review Board have started regular educational sessions for all staff, residents, fellows and research assistants working in research involving human subjects. The sessions are provided on regular basis and include:

  • An Introduction to the Human Research Protection Program at AUB  
  • Informed Consent in Human Subject Research
  • Research Study Management and Record Keeping 
  • Research Enrollment E-Form Demonstration
Sessions were provided on:
  • March 29, 2018.
  • December 13 and December 14, 2018.  
  • February 7 and 8, 2019. 

Good Clinical Research Practice Workshop

The Office of the Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research in collaboration with the Clinical Research Institute (CRI) and the Human Research Protection Program/The Institutional Review Board (HRPP/IRB) at the American University of Beirut have organized and provided an in-house training workshop on Good Clinical Research Practice (GCRP) on :

  • March 7, and March 28, 2017
  • September 15 and October 24, 2017 
  • October 9, 2018
The workshop targeted Research Assistants, Research Fellows and all staff involved in Human Subject Research at AUB and AUBMC. It introduced the participants to the guidelines, requirements, and standards for conducting clinical research. It constituted two basic components, two hours each, on the ethical requirements of research and on the research study management and logistics.  

The IRB educational sessions

The Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) IRB Co-Administrator, Mrs. Lina El Onsi Daouk has provided, on March 23, 2017, a  session on how to submit to the IRB for the graduate students in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management  

The Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) IRB Co-Administrator, Mrs. Lina El Onsi Daouk has provided, on February 23, 2017, a  session on how to submit to the IRB for the OSB students in the MHRM program.  

Faculty Advancement Program

The HRPP Director, Dr. Ali Abu-Alfa, has provided a lecture about "How to go Through the IRB" on March 15, 2017. This falls within the Faculty Advancement Program (FAP) in Clinical Research organized by the Clinical Research Institute (CRI) at AUBMC.  

New Faculty Orientation

The Human Research Protection Program(HRPP) participates in the "New Faculty Orientation" offered by the Provost's office at the begins prior to the start of the semester to all New faculty members. The audience is introduced to the HRPP at AUB, its mission, role, and functions. They are mainly guided on how to go through the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to submit research applications. They are also introduced to the Belmont report main ethical principles and guidelines for research involving Human Subjects: Respect for Persons, Justice, and Beneficence.

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