Someone, who apparently hadn't looked at my lack of significant published research, decided I should be chairman of our IRB. My FIRST WEEK on the job and I've been hit with a crisis override urgent request that could have been handled months ago if the so-called investigator had gotten off his or her duff.
But this has so many $$$ attached to it and enough bigwigs have gotten involved that I'm having to drop my work (You know, minor things like writing a syllabus I'll need for class on Monday and writing up my own research) to deal with the investigator's -- shall we say -- shortcomings.
I can't afford to give more details. Just take my word for it that, in the short run, I can't fight this.
I'd love to hear your IRB stories -- both when you were on the IRB and got slammed like this and when you just wanted to do research and got slammed by your IRB.