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.

The VCU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is Seeking New Members!

The VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)  is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as members on the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Read through the FAQs below to learn more about what an IRB is, and how you might fit into it. If you’re ready to apply, follow our application process.  VCU Faculty, VCU/VCUHS […]

Data Management Plan Requirements and Training

Effective November 1, 2021, all human subjects research protocols using confidential or regulated data (i.e., category 1 data) are required to have an approved Data Management Plan (DMP) utilizing VCU’s Data Management System (DMS).  Researchers must create, submit, and receive approval for the Data Management Plan prior to submitting to the IRB.  DMPs are evaluated […]

Wright Center Consulting Hours – VIRTUAL (10/8/2021)

The Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the VCU Human Research Protection Program are pleased to offer open consulting hours. These open consulting hours will be hosted VIRTUALLY using Zoom. Consultants will be available to answer questions about: Appointments and Walk-ins: Biostatistics Community Engagement Funding, Grant writing IND/IDE/FDA regulations Informatics IRB (Human Subjects […]

RAMS-IRB Document Issues Resolved

Thank you for your patience while we resolved the document issues being experienced in RAMS-IRB.  At this time, we believe that the documents have been restored, and investigators are welcome to submit to the IRB again.  We recommend that you double-check your submission to make sure that everything seems completely intact. If you download a […]

IMPORTANT – Request to Delay Submitting to the IRB

On Wednesday, September 15th, RAMS-IRB went offline to undergo a system upgrade. After it came back online yesterday, we identified an issue with the uploaded documents appearing as blank or not being able to be opened, and we are working to correct the issue and restore those documents. However, it is taking longer than anticipated.  […]

RAMS-IRB is Back Online

In the morning of Wednesday, September 15th, RAMS-IRB went offline to undergo an update. This update is now complete, and RAMS-IRB is once again available for use. The update made changes to the look and feel of RAMS-IRB, including changes to smartform navigation and the reviewer notes interface. Please note: an issue with the documents […]

RAMS-IRB Will Continue to Be Down Until 9/16/2021

In the morning of Wednesday, September 15th, RAMS-IRB went offline to undergo an update. This update was scheduled to complete at 3pm EST. Unfortunately, the update is taking longer than expected, and RAMS-IRB will remain offline until tomorrow morning (Thursday, September 16, 2021). The VCU HRPP will send out a notification once RAMS-IRB is back […]

Researcher Guidance for Using RAMS-IRB 9.0

On 9/15/2021, RAMS-IRB was updated to version 9.0, which resulted in significant changes to the look and feel of the system, specifically relating to navigation and the reviewer notes interface. This blog post compiles resources for researchers who need to navigate RAMS-IRB following the update. The VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has developed video […]

RAMS-IRB Video: Making Changes and Responding to Reviewer Notes

This video demonstrates for researchers and study staff how to locate, view, and respond to reviewer notes, and how to resubmit a study to the IRB after making changes. You can see this same topic covered in the Navigating RAMS-IRB to Make Changes Requested by the IRB You can see more videos intended for researchers […]

REMINDER: RAMS-IRB Update 9/15/2021; System Down 6am-3pm

As a reminder, RAMS-IRB will be undergoing an update on Wednesday, September 15th, and will be inaccessible between 6am and 3pm EST. RAMS-IRB may come back online prior to 3pm if the update finishes earlier. The HRPP will notify the research community should RAMS-IRB come back online earlier than anticipated. The RAMS-IRB update will have […]

RAMS-IRB Video: Finalizing a Review

This video demonstrates for IRB reviewers how to finalize their reviews in RAMS-IRB, and view the finalized reviews of others. You can see this same topic covered in the Navigating RAMS-IRB to Conduct Reviews gif guide. (See the Finalizing a Review section.) You can see more videos intended for researchers about RAMS-IRB functions by browsing […]

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