Driscoll Health System (DHS) has one review board with primary and alternate members. The Driscoll Children’s Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB) is composed of DHS affiliated and community member(s). Members are categorized as physician-scientist, other-scientist and non-scientist.

How IRBs Protect Human Research Participants

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History and Purpose of the IRB

DCH IRB was first established in 1993. DCH IRB covers DHS and DHS affiliated sites. It oversees all human subject research under its jurisdiction. Its purpose is to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants by determining that the selection of participants is equitable, evaluating that the risks are outweighed by the potential benefits of the research and that informed consent(s) are obtained and documented unless it qualifies for a waiver.

Health care providers (e.g., physicians) engaged in human subject’s research at Driscoll Health System (DHS) recognized that providing patient care and performing research on that same patient are two different responsibilities. Patient care focuses on the individual and not doing harm; research focuses on generating generalizable knowledge and doing good.

When involving human participants in research, a research team must adhere to a set of regulations and guidelines that are based on several ethical and scientific principles.

Report Concerns

The DCH IRB responds and investigates all concerns related to the conduct of research involving human participants.

Participants in a research study can contact the Patient Advocate (DCH Patient Relations) or DCH IRB with any questions or concerns regarding participation in a research study. Callers can be current research participants or concerned citizens.

Patient Relations
Driscoll Children's Hospital
Health Center Building
Patient Relations Department
3533 South Alameda
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411
(361) 694-4035
(361) 808-2119 (fax)
Driscoll Children's Hospital
Institutional Review Board
3533 South Alameda
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411
(361) 694-4619

For TTY Deaf Messaging, connect to TTY Interpretation by dialing (800) 735-2989.

IRB Committee Meeting

All meetings are currently conducted via Microsoft Teams or Webex. For protocols that require full-board review and approval, turnaround could be affected by the timing of full board meetings or schedule of designated reviewers. If your protocol has a deadline or specific time constraint, please give yourself and the IRB enough lead time to complete review before your deadline.

For study review schedule or if you are an investigator who would like to attend the meeting when your protocol is being discussed, please email [email protected].

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