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Area of Research: Biomedical or Social/Behavioral/Educational

Most of the research reviewed by the IU IRBs falls within the broad categories of biomedical or social/behavioral/educational (SBE) research. While it is difficult to draw a clean line between these two broad categories, consideration is given to the research field, characteristics of the subjects, the research procedures or interventions being employed, and the nature of the research risks. Indiana University’s Human Research Protection Program (IU-HRPP) includes two (2) SBE IRBs and four (4) biomedical IRBs. HSO staff will assign studies to an appropriate IRB based on research procedures and expertise of the reviewing IRB as follows:

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