Robert Klitzman: The Fraught Role of IRBs

In an interview with AHC Media, Bioethics program director Robert Klitzman explains the significance of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) as well as his personal connections to them:

“On the one hand, I have been a researcher and have had to deal with IRBs and at times, frankly, that was frustrating. I have also been a family member who has seen how hard it is for families of patients to decide about research and experiments of some kind. But I also run a bioethics program and I’m very concerned about bioethics. I’m Jewish and I have read about the Nazis’ experiments on Jews in concentration camps. It’s horrific, and I’m glad that IRBs and ethical review have been established. I bring several different perspectives to try and understand IRBs."

Read more of his insights on IRBs on AHC Media, and learn more about the M.S. in Bioethics program.