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Research Opportunities at Eastern School of Acupuncture

The third year of studies culminates with a class research project involving human subjects from our student intern clinic. Students will work on the study with an academic advisor and with supervisors in the clinic. Depending on where the study is at the time a student reaches the third year, he/she may be involved in various aspects of the study including: study design, recruitment of subjects, data collection and writing and publishing a research paper.

Eastern Schools IRB:
The Eastern School of Acupuncture & Traditional Medicine Institutional Review Board is responsible for the review of all human subjects research conducted by the Eastern School Student Intern Clinic or by Principal Investigators. The IRB seeks to create a collaborative relationship with the research community to assure that research with human subjects is conducted in accordance with legal requirements and ethical principles of Respect for Persons, Beneficence and Justice as defined in the Belmont report.* These principles require the balancing of risks to subjects against the scientific knowledge to be gained and the potential benefits to subjects and society. The IRB also focuses on the informed consent process to assure that subject participation in research is voluntary.

*The Belmont Report was created by the former United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (which was renamed to Health and Human Services) entitled "Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research. The Belmont Report serves as a historical document and provides the moral framework for understanding regulations in the United States on the use of humans in experimental research.

IRB Mission:
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) upholds the principles of the Belmont Report and guidelines for the protection of human subjects in research at the Eastern School of Acupuncture & Traditional Medicine. We are committed to safeguarding and upholding the rights and welfare of all children, adolescents and adults who volunteer to participate in research.

The administrative office of the IRB facilitates the review process of human subject studies for the IRB. We provide professional guidance and support to the research community and help researchers navigate all of their study's compliance requirements with exceptional knowledge and service.