IRB Tips and New Information
CITI Refresher Training in Conflicts of Interest and Human Subjects Protection
Be on the lookout for an email from the CITI Program if you completed conflicts of interest training in 2013 or human subjects protection training in 2014. CITI sends a reminder 90 days before current training expires and automatically adds required refresher courses to user course lists. Users can check current training and previously completed coursework by logging into CITI.
Keeping Primary Contact and Study Team Information Current
Annual continuing review is a good time to check that a study’s primary contact and study team information is up to date. The primary contact is the person assigned to receive all communications from the IRB on behalf of the study team. Use the Assign Primary Contact activity to update the primary contact. Submit a combined modification and continuing review to add or remove study team members.
Research Staff Encouraged to Observe IRB Meetings
The Research Subjects Protections Office (RSPO) staff is inviting research staff to attend IRB meetings. Attending meetings will lead to a better understanding of what the IRB and RSPO do and how we do it. We are only able to accommodate two guests a month. The meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at noon and usually last an hour or two. We provide lunch and send out the agenda the Thursday prior to the meeting. Please contact Melinda.J.Allie@kpchr.org to get on the list.
Research Compliance Staff Updates
On May 5, the Research Compliance team said farewell to Sandy Heintz, our IRB manager, who retired after 32 years with KPNW.
We are excited to announce that Kaija Maggard, previously an IRB coordinator in the department, has been selected as the new IRB manager. Congratulations, Kaija! Kaija’s first task as manager will be to hire a new IRB coordinator to fill the position she has vacated.
Additionally, Melinda Allie, IRB coordinator/trainer, will be transitioning later this year to full-time quality improvement work, building upon the existing Quality Improvement–Monitoring program to further our compliance partnerships with the research community.
Finally, it is with mixed emotions that we learned David Matthews, IRB Coordinator, will retire August 18 after 8 years with the department. We will miss him very much but are happy for him!
Taken from an actual consent form: “Up to 4 (4) extra teaspoons of blood will be collected . . .”