This year’s Preparedness Summit — the first and longest running national conference on public health preparedness — is taking place virtually from August 25 – 27. Occurring in the midst of a public health of emergency, this year’s conference highlights the stark vulnerabilities that exist to our national health security, and we’re proud that DLH researchers contributed as co-authors to research being presented:
Creating a National IRB Preparedness Training Program for the Review of Disaster-Related Research
This presentation outlines how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is utilizing its Disaster Research Response (DR2) Program’s expertise in disaster research to develop disaster-related research training curricula and protocol review tools for Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). As natural and manmade disasters become more frequent and complex, government agencies are looking to strengthen their preparedness, response, and recovery protocols through research. Few IRBs, however, have significant experience reviewing disaster research protocols — and DR2 is using its knowledge to fill that gap and build capacity at the local and national levels.