HS-IRBs News June 2015

Health Sciences and Minimal Risk IRBs, IRB News / Volume 7, Number 6, June 2015

HS-IRBs Staff Updates

A Final Farewell: Sherry Holcomb, MR IRB staff reviewer, has been working part-time for the HS-IRBs Office remotely since relocating in July 2014. Sherry will bid a final farewell to the office at the end of June.  We want to thank Sherry for all of her hard work over the years. Sherry has been an invaluable member of the HS IRBs Office and we wish her all the best.

Filling In: With Sherry's departure, Monica Esquibel will be taking over the review of exemptions previously covered by Sherry. Questions about any items that Sherry previously reviewed can be directed to Gretchen Anding (263-4170).

New: HS IRBs Informed Consent Working Group Wants to Hear from You!

HS IRBs staff are working to revise and improve the informed consent form templates and informed consent-related guidance for the research community. We need your suggestions and ideas so we can create templates and guidance that are most helpful for you. Please provide your feedback and suggestions by emailing asktheirb@medicine.wisc.edu. Please include "informed consent feedback" in the subject line.

Tips for Handling Personnel Leaving or Joining UW-Madison

Since summer is often a time of transition on campus, please keep the following tips in mind for handling study team members leaving or joining UW-Madison:

Continuing Review and Checking Training Certifications

To assist the campus human research protection program in ensuring that all study team members have current human subjects research training certification, HS IRBs staff are reviewing study team training certifications at the time of continuing review. If study team members are found to have expired training, the study team will be asked to request that they renew their training or remove them from the study team via a personnel change. Study teams also can help with monitoring training certifications by doing the following:

ARROW Outage in June

Due to upgrades and maintenance, ARROW will be unavailable June 27th from 1PM to 5PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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 of questions.
  • General IRB questions, please call our main line (608-263-2362) to speak with the staff reviewer on call or email asktheirb@medicine.wisc.edu. These are the quickest ways to get help with general questions.
  • 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 askarrowirb@medicine.wisc.edu.
  • Newsletter and other IRB updates, please sign up for the general HS-IRBs listserv by emailing join-hs_irbs_announcements@lists.wisc.edu.
  • WIRB updates, please sign up for the WIRB listsserv by emailing submitwirb@medicine.wisc.edu 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.