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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


IRB   

  A group of scientists, doctors, clergy, and patient advocates that reviews and approves the detailed plan for every clinical trial. IRBs are meant to protect the people who take part in a clinical trial. They check to see that the trial is well designed, legal, ethical, does not involve unneeded risks, and includes a safety plan for patients. There is an IRB at every health care facility that does clinical research. Also called Institutional Review Board.