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The Sunrise Health Institutional Review Board

The mission of the Sunrise Health Institutional Review Board is to protect the rights and welfare of participants in human subjects research.

The Sunrise Health Institutional Review Board (SHIRB) derives its authority from the Board of Trustees.  The responsibility for the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects is shared both by the Institution and the Investigators conducting the research.

The IRB is responsible for the review and approval of all human-subjects research that is conducted under the auspices of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Sunrise Children's Hospital, MountainView Hospital, and Southern Hills Hospital.

Review by the Sunrise Health IRB or another IRB authorized by Sunrise Health is required when:
  • The research is sponsored by Sunrise Health.
  • The research is conducted by or under the direction of employees or agents of Sunrise Health in connection with their institutional responsibilities.
  • The research is conducted by or under the direction of any employee or agent of Sunrise Health using any property or services of Sunrise Health.
  • The research involves the use of Sunrise Health’s private information to identify or contact subjects.
The Sunrise Health IRB (SHIRB) is also responsible for the review of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic activities that involve human subjects, research involving non-living individuals that would otherwise meet the definition for human subjects research, and research activities that qualify for exemption from the Common Rule as outlined in 45CFR46.101(b)(1-6).

Under its Federalwide Assurance (FWA) with the Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Human Research Protections (DHHS/OHRP), Sunrise Health assures the government and the public that it will comply with federal regulations for the protection of human research subjects. The function of the IRB is to ensure adherence to all federal, state, local, and institutional regulations concerning the protection of human subjects in research. SHIRB review is required for both funded and non-funded human subjects research.
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