Institutional Review Boards Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences & Institutional Review Boards

Institutional Review Boards Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences & Institutional Review Boards

The Health Science and Behavioral Science Institutional Review Boards (IRB-HSBS) and the Institutional Review Boards of the University of Michigan Medical School (IRBMED) currently provide support to nearly 5,000 active research studies that represent a full spectrum of research activity, from small, student-led studies, to national survey research and large drug and device clinical trials that may enroll hundreds of participants.

Co-location simplifies regulatory education

Because IRB-HSBS and IRBMED are both located in the NCRC, it is convenient for IRB staff members to meet informally to resolve problems or to work together on a number of shared projects. For example, as part of their commitment to ongoing regulatory education, IRB-HSBS and IRBMED work closely in the development of short multimedia presentations; this effort is known as the University of Michigan IRB Collaborative, or U-MIC.

Designed to provide regulatory education to both IRB members and the research community at large, U-MIC presentations have become a familiar educational medium throughout the university, and even nationwide. In 2014, the national research ethics organization, Public Responsibility in Research & Medicine (PRIM&R), selected the U-MIC program as the focus of a panel discussion at their annual conference.

Recently, the IRBs worked with the UM Central Biorepository office, also located within the NCRC complex, in the development of the new eResearch application for biorepository studies and a standard biorepository consent template.

NCRC hosts accreditation visit
The U-M Human Research Protections Program (HRPP), in which the IRBs play a central role, recently underwent successful reaccreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protections Programs (AAHRPP). The site visit was hosted at the NCRC, and interviews with more than 100 institutional representatives took place on-site or via NCRC teleconferencing resources. AAHRPP representatives commended IRB-HSBS and IRBMED on the quality of their operations.

And currently, the IRBs are preparing for the wider utilization of the single or central IRB process for multi-site research studies; this process enables a single IRB to oversee research conducted at multiple sites rather than requiring individual IRB review at each participating site. The IRBs are also planning for significant changes to human subjects regulations that have been proposed by the federal Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).

Along with the offices of IRB-HSBS and IRBMED, the location of the UM Office of Research (UMOR), the Medical School Office of Research (OoR), the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), and the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) within NCRC facilitates easy collaboration between the units, as well as with the growing number of researchers who maintain laboratories and offices within the complex.

Learn more about IRB-HSBS and IRBMED.

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