Research Safety

Interested in a Research Study?

By choosing to take part in research, you not only take a more active role in your health, you add to information that may help others.

Support and Monitoring

Woman’s research studies are led by teams of medical doctors, researchers, nurses, social workers, and other health care staff. If you choose to take part:

  • You will have your own research coordinator who you can contact at any time
  • You will have open communication with the entire team and your doctors
  • Your progress and well-being will be closely monitored during the study 

Your Safety & Protection

All research studies are submitted to the Woman’s Research and Development Committee. Studies involving human subjects are referred to the Woman’s Hospital Foundation Institutional Review Board (IRB) for review.

The IRB reviews the protocol, consent form, and all other documents for each study. Its main job is to ensure that study participants are protected and that the research is done safely. The IRB conducts regular reviews of each active study.

Woman’s IRB Leadership


Ericka Seidemann

Human Protections Administrator

Shonta Wallace

R&D and IRB Secretary

Peggy Dean

IRB Chair

Beverly Ogden

R&D Chair