HS-IRBs News February 2017

Health Sciences and Minimal Risk IRBs, IRB News / Volume 9, Number 2, February 2017

Upcoming Beginners Workshop

The Health Sciences IRBs for Beginners Workshop provides training on the HS IRB's processes, regulatory approval process, resources, and ARROW online application system. The two-hour workshop is held several times each year in the HSLC computer lab (room 2121), and is meant for individuals new to the HS IRBs processes or for those looking for help on how to effectively submit an IRB application. The workshop consists of two sections meant to provide the regulatory framework and technical skills to submit an application. Upcoming dates and registration links, when available, can be found below.

HS IRBs Office Staff Updates

The HS-IRBs Office is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Jach to our office as the new IRB Facilitator. Elizabeth previously held a position with the University of Iowa's IRB, and she will join Carol, Brandy, and Mike on the Reliance Team. We're excited for Elizabeth to join us!

Improving IRB Processes for Researchers

As part of our continuing series on how the HS IRBs Office is working to improve IRB processes for researchers, we want to highlight a new technical feature in ARROW - hyperlinked staff names. When study teams have questions about a submission under review, we encourage study teams to contact the staff reviewer assigned to that submission. He or she will be best able to answer questions regarding that application. ARROW now not only displays staff reviewers' names, but clicking on the names will take you directly to their contact information. This change should make it easier for researchers to contact their assigned staff reviewer with questions throughout the review process.


ARROW Updates

In partnership with our colleagues in the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education's IT area, the HS IRBs Office is continually making improvements to ARROW to make the IRB review process easier for study teams. Planned improvements for the March update include:

Seeking Pilot Participants to Test New Informed Consent Templates

The HS IRBs Informed Consent Working Group has developed new templates to help research teams create informed consent documents. We are seeking volunteers to try out these new consent form templates before we roll them out to the wider research community. We are excited for the templates to be used, and we hope they will bring more clarity to the consent form preparation process. The templates would be usable in any UW investigator-initiated study.

If you are interested in trying out the new templates and providing us with feedback after doing so, please email ICWGquestions@medicine.wisc.edu. If you have any questions, please contact that same email address.