The ED/SBS IRB office is offering its final outreach/training session for the Spring 2017 semester.
- IRB 103: How to Avoid Delays in the IRB Approval Process on April 13 at 2 p.m. in Lathrop Hall, Room B137
For more information about this training and to register, visit the IRB Training Sessions
page of our website.
Another facet of the curriculum offered are outreach sessions tailored for classes, groups, or departments. IRB staff are available to come to a department meeting, research methods class, or hold a brown bag session to help faculty, staff, students, and other researchers learn more about the IRB process. Specific topics can be addressed, such as international research, research on campus, research with minors, technology-based research, etc. To schedule an outreach event, please visit the Outreach Sessions
page of our website.
In partnership with our colleagues in the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education's IT area, the ED/SBS IRB Office is continually making improvements to ARROW to make the IRB review process easier for study teams. Recent improvements include:
- Improvements to the Change of Protocol Workspace: When study teams wish to change something within their IRB application, they complete a change form and then modify the application. This currently requires study teams to navigate between two different workspaces: one for the change of protocol and another for the modified application. Navigating between these workspaces can be challenging, so to address this, the modified application workspace has been eliminated. Study teams still need to complete the change form and revise the modified application, but no longer need to navigate to another workspace to do this. This also means that reviewer notes for the change form and modified application are displayed in one place rather than two. We have updated our "Responding to Issues" FAQ to reflect this change. The updated FAQ can be found here.
- Hyperlinked Staff Reviewer Names: A new technical feature in ARROW are hyperlinked staff reviewer 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 reviewer's name, but clicking on the name 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.
Common Rule Changes
The ED/SBS IRB office has received a number of inquiries regarding the revisions to the federal regulations that govern human subjects research (the Common Rule), that were adopted on January 19th, the final day of the Obama administration. While researchers were excited to hear about the potential for new flexibility outlined in those changes, it has become apparent that many do not realize that the Trump administration immediately suspended the implementation of those changes, pending further review. At the time the Final Rule was published, the changes were slated to take effect in January, 2018. While it is unclear if the Trump administration will decide to implement the changes or start over, it is likely that the implementation date will be postponed.
Students who plan to conduct summer research should have already submitted their applications in ARROW for IRB review. If not, please do so as soon as possible. Each year, the IRB office has student researchers who have already "bought their plane tickets" for summer research, but have not submitted their IRB applications for review. While the process can be completed remotely, any researcher who plans to go to a region where internet access is intermittent, slow, or non-existent should have final IRB approval before departing.
On the same note, school districts that have an internal review process for research that takes place at their sites do not typically review projects over the summer. Any research planned for the first weeks of the fall semester in K-12 sites should be approved by the IRB this month so that researchers who wish to get started in the fall are not delayed. Please make sure to become familiar with the school districts' policies for external research.
Have questions? The ED/SBS IRB Staff are here to help!
Whether you have questions about a specific protocol, have general questions, or need help getting started, there are many ways to contact the ED/SBS IRB office.