Institutional Review Board

Kaiser Permanente Washington's Institutional Review Board (IRB) protects the rights and welfare of study participants.


Members of the Kaiser Permanente Washington Institutional Review Board at a monthly research review meeting.

What is the Institutional Review Board?

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee of people who review plans for scientific studies that involve people. The committee’s job is to make sure that the studies protect the rights and welfare of research participants.
In most cases, human research cannot be done without the approval of an IRB. After research studies are started, the study staff is also required to report progress to the IRB. These reports help the IRB ensure all research rules and regulations are followed throughout the entire time a research study is done.
An IRB must include people from different backgrounds, so that many views are represented. The Kaiser Permanente Washington IRB includes women, men, doctors, scientists, non-scientists, patients, and people from the community who are not part of Kaiser Permanente. Each IRB member agrees to make decisions they think are best for the community and are not for their own interests. The Kaiser Permanente Washington IRB meets once a month.

IRB leadership

IRB Administrator, Kaiser Permanente Washington
Office: 206-287-2919
Email: hsrcinbox@ghc.org
Tanya Matthews is the administrator of the Kaiser Permanente Washington IRB office. She makes sure that all Kaiser Permanente Washington research studies are reviewed by the IRB according to regulatory and legal requirements. Tanya has been part of Kaiser Permanente Washington’s IRB since 2010.

If you have questions or concerns about being in a KPWHRI research study, please contact:

Tanya Matthews, IRB Administrator
Office: 206-287-2919
Mailing Address:
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Metropolitan Park East
1730 Minor Avenue, Ste. 1600
Seattle, WA  98101