Health Sciences and Minimal Risk IRBs, IRB News / Volume 6, Number 8, August 2014
Health Sciences IRBs Office ClosureThe HS-IRBs office will be closed Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day. The ARROW helpline also will not be staffed September 1st.
Important WIRB Gateway Team Staffing Updates
- Farewell: Colette Wagner, the HS-IRBs' Commercial IRB Specialist, is leaving the office at the beginning of September. We want to thank Colette for all of her work in developing the Western IRB submission process. Colette has played an important role in the HS-IRBs' office and we wish her all the best in her new endeavors.
- Filling In: The WIRB submission process will remain unchanged for the time being. Staff Reviewers Brandy Stoffel and Jackie Lee will be providing support for WIRB submissions, including providing WIRB training as requested. Questions about the WIRB process can be directed to Brandy Stoffel (email@example.com or 265-4390).
Updated Instructions for Linking CITI Training Information with a UW NetID
The campus Human Research Protection Program has updated its instructions for linking human subjects research/CITI training information with a UW netID. The instructions have been streamlined and a new online merger request form has been added. This information is particularly important for VA researchers who may have taken the required VA human subjects training module without using a UW netID. Please see Instructions for Linking Previous CITI Training to Your NetID for complete information.
Reminder: UW-Madison NetID Now Required for Human Subjects Research Training/CITI CourseA UW-Madison netID is now required
to take the UW-Madison social-behavioral and biomedical human subjects research
training courses, also known as CITI. This requirement will help reduce delays
during review process that can occur when a study team member has taken the training
without using a netID. Please send any
questions or concerns about this change to the campus Human Research
Protection Program (hrpp@@grad.wisc.edu).
ARROW Outage August 30th
ARROW will be unavailable on Saturday, August 30th from Noon to 6PM for scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Reminder: Research Involving the Use of Human Fetal Tissue Policy
UW-Madison has a campus-wide policy governing the use of human fetal issue in research. This
policy requires that the use of human fetal tissue for research purposes
undergoes IRB review and approval.
UW-Madison IRBs do not exempt research using human fetal tissue, nor
designate such research as research not involving human subjects. Please note that the use of cell lines
derived from fetal tissue for research purposes, regardless of source, falls
under the auspices of this policy. If
you are conducting research using fetal tissue and have questions about IRB
submission requirements, please contact the Health Sciences IRB’s Office for
Personnel Changes and Full or Expedited Changes of Protocol
Starting earlier this year, ARROW was modified to allow changes of personnel to be made with full or expedited changes of protocol. Please consider incorporating any personnel changes when preparing a full or expedited change of protocol. Also please keep in mind the HS-IRBs' guidance allows for qualified personnel to begin research activities as soon as a personnel change is submitted. Please see Principal Investigator Changes and Personnel Updates Guidance for more information.
Questions? We're Here to Help!
Whether you have a question about a specific protocol, a general question about the submission process, or need clarification about research policy, we have several ways you can reach us.
- Urgent issues (e.g., subject
safety concerns), please call our main line (608-263-2362) and ask to speak with
the staff reviewer on call for the day. Please do NOT use email for these kinds
- General IRB questions, please call our main line (608-263-2362) to speak with the staff reviewer on call
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. These are the quickest ways to get help with general
- Specific questions regarding the status of your review and/or reviewer notes, please contact the staff reviewer assigned to your application.
- Help with single IRB review and reliance questions, email irbreliance.wisc.edu.
- Assistance with ARROW or technical questions, email email@example.com.
- Newsletter and other IRB updates, please sign up for the general HS-IRBs listserv by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- WIRB updates, please sign up for the WIRB listsserv by emailing email@example.com with a request to be put on the list.
- Consultations: For investigators seeking assistance on a specific program or application, HS-IRBs staff are available for individual consultations. To request a consultation, complete the HS-IRBs Presentation and Consultation Request Form.
- Presentations: The HS-IRBs office is available to provide the research community with presentations and trainings on a variety of topics. To request a presentation, complete the HS-IRBs Presentation and Consultation Request Form.