Data and Safety Monitoring Board
Clinical trials that includes the participation of human subjects may faces several risks. These risks may affect the safety of research subjects and invalidate the data gathered for the research.
Minimizing these risk is essential for the research to continue in an ethical manner. Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) are an important component in clinical studies since they consist of experts that monitor the efficacy an ethics of clinical trials. The members of the DSMB can consist of people belong to an external entity than the one conducting the research or consist of people who are affiliated with organization. The members of the DSMB should have no conflict of interest with the clinical trial at hand.
After reviewing the details of clinical trial, the DSMB will provide a plan to ensure safety of research participants and the scientific credibility of the data. A charter is drafted that details this plan.
BSAP members offer Data Safety Monitoring (DSMB) services for investigators. The goal of the service is to facilitate ethical conduct of clinical trials with the emphasis of protecting human participants.
If you have questions or need assistance about this, please email BSAP Program Manager: Tah Yogo, MA.