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 HRPP Transformation Project

Just before the ball dropped in 2023, the VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) launched a plan to transform the submission, review, and ongoing oversight of all of its Institutional Review Boards (IRB): The HRPP Transformation Project. This project is specifically designed to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the HRPP and to reduce […]


OVPRI is preparing an office-wide message, which will include the following information from the VCU and VCU Health HRPP: To avoid the last-minute rush of submissions please note that after December 9, 2022 (COB), non-emergency submissions may not be reviewed until we return from the winter holiday due to the high volume of submissions we […]

Emergency Use of an Investigational Drug or Biologic

FDA’s IRB regulations at 21 CFR 56.102(d) define an emergency use as follows: (d) Emergency use means the use of a test article on a human subject in a life-threatening situation in which no standard acceptable treatment is available, and in which there is not sufficient time to obtain IRB approval. The IRB regulations at 21 CFR […]

VCU Human Research Protection Program Holiday and Winter Break Schedule 2022

The Human Research Protection Program (IRB) office will be closed for Thanksgiving beginning at noon on Wednesday, 11/23/22 and will reopen on Monday, 11/28/22. 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, refer […]

Wright Center Virtual Consulting Hours

Have questions about conducting research projects? Visit the Wright Center open consulting hours to get assistance from the inception of your project through to data analysis! Consulting hours will be held virtually on Friday, November 11, from 10am until 1pm. Get more information here: https://bit.ly/registerconsulting For questions, please contact Maureen Olmstead at meolmsted@vcu.edu. 

Impacts on HRPP Services and Timelines

During the next several weeks, the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) will be undergoing additional changes in personnel that may impact HRPP services and timelines.  Reliance Division Stacy West, Reliance Manager, will vacate her position on Friday, November 4 and Vanessa Hernandez, Reliance Consultant, will vacate her position on Friday, November 18. We are fortunate to […]

HRPP Newsletter Volume 004 | October 2022

Download the latest volume of the VCU HRPP Newsletter.

16th Annual Virginia IRB Consortium Conference

As you may be aware, the Virginia IRB Consortium holds an annual regional conference each year in the fall. This year it will be held virtually on Friday, October 28, 2022 from 8:30am-2:00pm. There is no fee to attend. This year’s conference sounds very interesting, with a keynote by the eldest grandson of Henrietta Lacks. There will also […]

Agenda for “Research Ethics: Past, Present, and Future”

Please join us for the VCU HRPP Annual Conference 2022 on Thursday, September 29 from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Sessions will feature our conference theme, “Research Ethics: Past, Present, and Future.” To register, please visit https://bit.ly/3KBzed3. CEUs are available for this event.  9:00am – Welcome from Dr. Sanjur Brooks 9:05am – Keynote Address by Dr. Michael Dickinson […]

RAMS-IRB was patched 9/15/2022

As a reminder, the RAMS-IRB system was patched overnight (9/15/2022). 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 the patch.

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