Welcome to the IRB Home Page

The University of Connecticut-Storrs Institutional Review Board is responsible for the review of all human subjects research conducted at or by the UConn-Storrs Campus, the five regional campuses, the School of Law and the School of Social Work. The IRB seeks to create a collaborative relationship with the research community to assure that research with human subjects is conducted in accordance with legal requirements and ethical principles of Respect for Persons, Beneficence and Justice. These principles require the balancing of risks to subjects against the scientific knowledge to be gained and the potential benefits to subjects and society. The IRB also focuses on the informed consent process to assure that subject participation in research is voluntary.

More about the IRB: Responsibility - Authority - Assurance

Meeting Dates and Deadlines

Only higher risk studies are reviewed by the Full IRB at a Meeting. The deadlines only apply to those studies. Minimal risk studies can be submitted to the IRB Office at any time. For questions regarding the risk-level of a study contact the IRB office.

Deadlines for paper and electronic submissions are 4:30PM. Please note: If you are making an electronic submission, you must complete your department's internal review process by the 4:30PM deadline.

Deadlines for IRB Meeting Protocol Submissions Meeting Dates
Thursday April 10, 2014 Thursday, April 24, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014 Thursday, May 15, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Thursday, June 5, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014 Thursday, June 26, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Thursday, July 17, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Thursday, August 7, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014 Thursday, September 4, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014 Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014 Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Thursday, November 13, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Thursday, December 11, 2014

 

IRB Help Sessions

You can review the new format for IRB Help Sessions here, as well as find meeting dates throughout the year. More information.

 

News & Announcements

Please Note: The "Re-approval/Completion form (IRB-2) for re-approvals will be returned to investigators if the "Findings" section is not updated annually. Copying prior information onto the IRB-2 will not be accepted, since duplicating the findings information from a prior year does not provide an explanation for the last year's research activities.  This also applies to studies that are in data analysis.

New Look for the IRB Website

We are pleased to inform you that we have changed the look and organization of the IRB website. The new site contains all of the old information, but in a new format that we hope will be more user-friendly.

Frequently sought after information, such as IRB meeting dates, IRB forms and information about the application process are easier to find. The complete written IRB Policies and Procedures are now available on the website.

We have also created the Researcher´s Guide which includes information on topics of importance to researchers which are not covered in sufficient depth in the policies or other parts of the website.

We hope you will take a moment to navigate around the new website at http://www.irb.uconn.edu. Please send questions or comments to christine.malloy@uconn.edu or to other members of the IRB staff.

IRB Survey Results

The results from the survey performed by the IRB of investigators have been posted. The survey generated more data than time allowed us to promptly organize. We apologize for the delay and hope you may still find the information interesting. Questions? Contact: Christine Malloy at 486-9428.

CITI Refresher Course in Human Subject Protection is set up

90 days before your Completion Report expires, you will receive an automatically generated reminder notice via e-mail directly from CITI. The notice includes instructions about how to do the refresher course. If you have questions or experience difficulties, call 6-9428 or 6-8802

IRB Monitoring Program

A description of the IRB Monitoring Program is available on our website. It describes the program's goals, the types of audits it includes and the forms used in the process. While the IRB Monitoring Program has been in effect for awhile, it is hoped that having this information available on the website will help the university community understand the program and its primary goal of improving compliance with UConn and federal policy for the protection of human subjects in research.

ORC Releases New Web-Based System for Submitting IRB Protocols

In response to investigator requests, the ORC recently piloted a new system allowing researchers to electronically submit and route IRB protocol applications. This pilot proved to be successful and ORC is therefore pleased to announce the InfoEd Human Subjects Development (HSD) system as the newest addition to UConn's electronic Research Administration (eRA) services suite. This innovative tool is now available as an option to all researchers and student researchers who wish to draw upon the advantages of the internet when submitting IRB protocols. Investigators are encouraged to begin using the system as early as possible to familiarize themselves with the process. In the near future, the ORC anticipates that InfoEd will be the sole means of submitting all IRB protocol documents to the IRB. [Full Article]

Revised IRB Application Forms

The Office of Research Compliance has updated and revised all IRB application forms.

In response to concerns of investigators, the most significant change involves the removal of the form field text boxes ("gray boxes") because the form fields were difficult to edit and spell check. The forms are now fully editable Word documents and are capable of tracking changes. Please remember to always download and use the most current version of each form when submitting to the IRB. Please read the instructions attached to the revised application forms for more information.

EMERGING ISSUES & ETHICS IN MEDICINE, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

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