Barry Shuster Joins DAN’s Institutional Review Board

6/12/2013 11:52:40 AM

IRB ensures DAN studies and research meet federal research standards and regulations

Divers Alert Network announced that Barry Shuster has been named to the DAN Institutional Review Board (IRB). Shuster, a dive industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, will join the seven member volunteer panel.

DAN created the IRB in 2011 to ensure the organization’s research initiative and dive safety programs comply with the United States Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP). In its oversight role, the DAN IRB evaluates all potential research studies to ensure that:

  • Risks to the involved participants are minimized.
  • The benefits of the research to the population exceed the risks to the involved participants.
  • The selection of the study participants is equitable.
  • If human subjects are involved in the study, their informed consent is taken.
  • Data is monitored and secured.
  • Proper confidentiality and safety of the participants is maintained.

“As a leader in scuba diving safety and medical research, Divers Alert Network is committed to meeting and exceeding standards for ethical practices,” said William Ziefle, DAN President and CEO. “Every member of the Institutional Review Board, as well as all investigators, are required to complete ethics training prior to embarking on a research project as part of their role providing crucial oversight of all aspects of DAN research.”

Shuster currently serves as the Editor of Dive Center Business magazine. He is a former DAN executive and PADI staff member. He is an attorney admitted to appear before all North Carolina state and U.S. District courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a M.S., Bioethics candidate at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and clinical ethics intern in the Department of Social Medicine at University of North Carolina Health Care, where he serves on the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee.

Other members of the DAN Institutional Review Board include Neal Pollock, PhD, Chairman, Petar Denoble, MD, DSc, Vice Chairman, Patty Seery, MHS, Matias Nochetto, MD, Brett Webb-Mitchell, PhD, and Frances Smith, MS.

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