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Promoting High-Quality Ethics Review and Oversight of Psychedelic Research: Learning from Investigator Experience and IRB Perspectives

Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD
University of Pennsylvania
Grant Type Making a Difference
Grant Cycle fall 2023
Duration 24 months
Amount $219,082

Amid today‚Äôs psychedelic renaissance, more IRBs will find themselves responsible for oversight of psychedelic research. In this gatekeeping role, IRBs must ensure appropriate participant protection without inhibiting important science. Yet neither IRB perspectives on psychedelic research nor psychedelic investigator experiences with IRBs have been studied. Through interviews with psychedelic investigators and a survey of IRB chairpersons, Prof. Lynch’s project aims to promote high-quality ethics review of psychedelic research by developing empirically informed resources for both IRBs and investigators.

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