DEI in Clinical Research: Tools & Resources for Incorporating DEI in IRB/HRPP Processes (AAHRPP poster)


Presented on: May 2023

Presented at: 2023 Annual AAHRPP Conference

The MRCT Center has developed a set of practical diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) tools for IRBs and HRPPs, designed to improve the involvement of underrepresented populations in clinical research. In 2021, a task force of 28 IRB and HRPP professionals, convened by the MRCT Center, created 15 DEI tools. The tools underwent rigorous review and revision during nine months of monthly meetings and additional correspondence. 

Three highlighted tools in the poster include:

  • Checklist of Logistical and Procedural Considerations: Assists in lowering barriers to inclusion, covering Pre-Study, On-Study, and Post-Study Considerations.
  • HRPP Planning Strategy to Address DEI: Offers a plan involving support, key stakeholders, guidance utilization, and process evaluation.
  • Incorporation of Diversity and Inclusion into Clinical Research Protocol Templates: Provides DEI recommendations within protocols, along with annotated examples.

Hayat Ahmed, MS, Program Manager at the MRCT, showcased this poster at the Annual AAHRPP conference in May 2023. Conference participants awarded Ms. Ahmed the distinguished poster prize.