Felner only had IRB approval for one project. One. In five years. So were all
of his other research projects involving people breaking the rules at UofL?
Yet Felner was awarded "Distinguished University Scholar" status. That's kinda like John Deasy being named an "Allumni Fellow" for merely enrolling at UofL - only worse. Added to the list of recent Felner-spawned questions about UofL's scholastic integrity this doesn't help.
The IRB process was instituted following World War II to assure better protection of human subjects. It was a direct reaction to the human experimentation conducted by the Nazis, and other research abuses as well. The National REsearch Act was passed in 1974 and revised in 1981. IRB assures basic ethical principles underlie the conduct of biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects.