An institutional review board (IRB), also known as an independent ethics committee (IEC) or ethical review board (ERB) is a committee that has been formally designated to approve, monitor, and review biomedical and behavioral research involving humans with the aim to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (specifically Office for Human Research Protections)
The purpose of an IRB review is to assure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in a research study. To accomplish this purpose, IRBs review research protocols and related materials (e.g., informed consent documents and investigator brochures) to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects of research. The chief objectives of every IRB protocol review are to assess the ethics of the research and its methods, to promote fully informed and voluntary participation by prospective subjects who are themselves capable of making such choices (or, if that is not possible, informed permission given by a suitable proxy) and to maximize the safety of subjects once they are enrolled in the project. Dr. Broussard has been a volunteer on this Board since May 19th, 2006. The appointment was made by Douglas M. Stocco, Phd, Executive Vice-President for Research.
Dr. Broussard practices chiropractic and clinical acupuncture in Lubbock, Texas, and has been serving the West Texas community for 23 years. His interests include non-surgical treatment for neck pain, severe headaches, back pain and herniated discs. He also focuses an nutritional intervention for regaining and maintaining health.
Dr. Broussard and his staff are dedicated to serving Lubbock and the surrounding communities. For more information on Dr. Broussard’s office please visit www.CajunChiro.net.