Leow Boon Hwi, Senior Manager, Centralised Institutional Review Board, SingHealth
Meet Leow Boon Hwi.
She is from the SingHealth Centralised
Institutional Review Board (CIRB).
What is that, you asked?
The SingHealth Centralised Institutional
Review Board (CIRB) has an important responsibility, which is to ensure the
protection of the rights, safety, and well-being of human subjects involved in
research studies at SingHealth institutions. As the Secretariat for one of the
six Boards under the CIRB, Boon Hwi supports the work of the CIRB.
Wow! Sounds challenging!
The field of research ethics is constantly
evolving to keep pace with changes in medical research techniques, ethical
guidelines and safety regulations. Boon Hwi has to keep herself up to date on
the latest developments in the field. But it is a challenge she welcomes.
Boon Hwi would diligently read up on the
latest developments in research and the ethical conduct of research. She also
attends overseas conferences where she exchanged ideas on topics including
ethical, administrative, and compliance issues governing research.
“At such conferences, I learn from
overseas experts and have a chance to consider complex, challenging, and
current issues in the conduct of ethical research. I am reminded to consider
potential issues when evaluating a research proposal and that the research
participants’ informed consent documents are written in lay language where
possible. This is in line with our pursuit of ethical research involving human
research participants,” she said.
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