VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Blog

The VCU HRPP 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.

RAMS-IRB Updates with Protocol Launch

Protocol templates are required for use effective June 1, 2023. New IRB submissions that do not contain aprotocol will be returned to the researcher after this date. RAMS-IRB updates to reduce duplication between the submission smartform and protocol will be live June 1, 2023. The system will be more comprehensively updated later this fall – […]

HRPP Newsletter Volume 006 | April 2023

Download the latest volume of the HRPP Newsletter.

Clinical Research Town Hall – Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program

The Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and VCU Health’s Office of Clinical Research invites you to participate in a monthly series that will address various topics about clinical research, provide updates from VCU and VCU Health, and address hot-button topics or concerns. For this month’s topic, please join Dr. Gerry Moeller (Director, Wright […]

Training for the Community: Minimal Risk Research Considerations

This is a recording of the HRPP Toolkit Training for the Community: Minimal Risk Research Considerations presented on Friday, May 5, 2023 from 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom. The three links referenced in this presentation are: Research Community Feedback Survey – please complete by Friday, May 19 HRPP Toolkit Protocol Templates – required as of June 1, […]

HRPP Toolkit: Protocol Templates

The VCU HRPP has made three protocol templates available at to facilitate our transition toward a protocol-based application process. (If you receive an error message from this hyperlink, please copy/paste the address into your browser.) HRP-503 – PROTOCOL – submission of biomedical studies and clinical trials HRP-503a – SBS PROTOCOL – submissions not involving an investigational agent HRP-508 […]

Training for the Community: Foundational Toolkit Documents & Protocol Templates

This is a recording of the HRPP Toolkit Training for the Community: Foundational Toolkit Documents & Protocol Templates presented on Friday, April 21, 2023 from 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom.

New Tools to Assist with IRB Submissions

As part of the HRPP Transformation Project, the VCU HRPP Office is rolling-out protocol templates that are designed to: Minimize administrative burden by reducing the number of SmartForm fields investigators need to complete in RAMS-IRB Obtain all relevant information the IRB needs to complete their review Provide prompts and instrtuction that will enable investigators to […]

HRPP Transformation Project Kick-off Video

The VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is pleased to announce the initiation of the HRPP Transformation Project to improve human research compliance with federal, state and institutional requirements, enhance review process efficiency, and minimize administrative burden for the VCU human research community. VCU is partnering with HRPP consultants from Huron to facilitate transformation efforts. […]

Research Community Feedback Survey

Please take a moment to share your opinion by completing the Research Community Feedback Survey (less than a few minutes to complete). Please submit your responses by Friday, May 19, 2023.

Training for the Community: Schedule and Registration Links

Please join us for upcoming training for the community. Register for each session using the links below. Sessions will be virtual (Zoom), recorded, and offered live to facilitate Q&A. Recordings will be made available on the VCU HRPP Blog in the HRPP Transformation Project section. Date Time Topic Registration Link Friday, April 21, 2023 12:00pm-1:00pm Foundational […]

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