OVPRI Human Subject Research Protection Blog

The VCU Human Research Protection Program is dedicated to facilitating ethically and scientifically sound research through robust review of research projects and through effective education and outreach to the VCU research community.

Investigator Responsibilities during COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Members of the VCU Research Community, As we respond to the rising number of local COVID-19 cases, the HRPP is reissuing the following guidance: 1. Continue to work with your Department Chairs, Deans, Building Managers, Human Resource Representatives, and the facility where your research takes place regarding the study’s approvals and permissions for building […]

HRPP/IRB Continuity of Operations Plan – Important Information for Researchers

The HRPP/IRB has developed a Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan in order to be prepared for potential emergencies that may affect the conduct of human research at VCU. This notice is to inform the research community regarding the relevant details of the plan as they impact researchers. The following are questions the research community may […]

Event: How to Be an Antiracist Researcher

The VCU HRPP would like to inform the research community regarding an upcoming event on antiracist research practice. The event is on Tuesday, January 25th from noon until 1:30pm. Antiracist researchers combat inequality and racism by conceptualizing, implementing, and disseminating research that dismantles racism, oppression, discrimination, and structural inequalities. This virtual presentation offers participants an […]

Updated WPPs Available

The IRB’s Written Policies and Procedures (WPPs) were updated as of 1/5/2022 and are now available on the IRB’s website. In accordance with WPP I-1, the HRPP completed a biennial review over the past six months of all the WPPs. See the Summary of Changes document below for more information about the revisions.

New: Training Sessions on Human Research Ancillary Reviews

The IRB isn’t the end-all-be-all of human research reviews. There are several other ancillary reviews that must be completed in conjunction with IRB review. Sign up for a special training session to learn all about human research ancillary reviews! Sessions will be held virtually using Zoom, on the following dates: Fri, Jan 28, 3pm-4pm ET […]

VCU Human Research Protections Program – Winter Closing Holiday Schedule 2021

The VCU Human Research Protection Program (IRB) Office will be closed for the holidays December 23, 2021 through January 2, 2022, and will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2022.    Investigators remain responsible for reporting to the IRB any unanticipated problems involving risk to subjects or others that occur during this time.  For guidance on what constitutes an unanticipated problem, […]

RAMS-IRB will be patched tonight (12/9)

As a reminder, the RAMS-IRB system will be patched tonight (12/9/2021) from approximately 6pm-11pm. Be sure to save your work before the system goes down. For a description of what updates are included in this patch, please refer to the summary of the changes below: Please contact the assigned IRB coordinator for your study or ORSP@vcu.edu if problems are encountered after […]

Updated Consent Templates

Revised consent templates are now available on the IRB forms webpage. The following changes were made: HIPAA authorization language was revised to add an option for naming VCU Dental Care instead of VCU Health as the source of PHI. A new section for obtaining FERPA consent was added to the Social-Behavioral Consent Template. The Exempt Information […]

VCU Human Research Protections Program – Holiday Schedule 2021

Thanksgiving Holiday The Human Research Protection Program (IRB) office will be closed for Thanksgiving beginning at noon on Wednesday, 11/24/21 and will reopen on Monday, 11/29/21. Investigators remain responsible for reporting to the IRB any unanticipated problems involving risk to subjects or others that occur during this time.  For guidance on what constitutes an unanticipated […]

The IRB Welcomes Sandy Brooks, Director, Human Research Protection Program

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is very pleased to welcome Dr. Sanjur (Sandy) Brooks as the new Director of the HRPP.   Dr. Brooks has worked extensively with IRBs, human subjects protection policy, and clinical research. She comes to VCU from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Compliance and Business Integrity, where she was Director […]

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