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    Dear Colleagues,

    I am working on an application for using human subjects in a
    case-control study. Our Internal Review Board (IRB) told me that I
    should let the cases to ask potential controls to contact our research
    team rather than our research team contacting the potential controls.
    This means that we could not actively recruite control subjects at all.
    For a case-control study, if we don't actively recruite control
    subjects, we will have essentially no control on the number and quality
    of the control subjects. I would like to know if the IRBs of other
    institutions in US have the same request for this kind of situation and
    what are the possible solutions to this problem before I discuss this
    with our IRB. Appreciate any help you can give to me. Thanks.


    Bing Yu, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Center for Human Movement Science
    Division of Physical Therapy
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135

    Tel: 919-843-8643
    Fax: 919-966-3678

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