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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.

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Clarification Regarding Process to Obtain VCUHS EMR Data

The VCU HRPP would like to share this message from Mary Harmon, regarding clarifications surrounding the process to obtain data from VCUHS EMRs.  Please direct questions regarding this process to Mary Harmon. — VCUHS and VCU would like to take this opportunity to provide clarity to recent changes and communication regarding the approved pathways to […]

Wright Center Consulting Hours – VIRTUAL (8/5/2021)

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: Biostatistics Funding, grant writing IND/IDE/FDA regulations Informatics IRB (Human Subjects Protection) Library research services OnCore […]

Navigating RAMS-IRB to View Changes Made to a Submission

This RAMS Gif Guide is intended for IRB members who need to conduct reviews of changes that have been made to studies/submissions that are assigned to them at a meeting. This Gif Guide covers how to view changes to the SmartForm as well as changes to documents, and how to compare various versions of the […]

Navigating RAMS-IRB to Make Changes Requested by the IRB

This RAMS Gif Guide is intended for researchers and research teams using the RAMS-IRB system to manage IRB submissions. This guide will walk users through processes required to make changes to a submission that are requested by the IRB, including viewing and responding to reviewer notes, communicating with reviewers/IRB staff, and submitting required changes. You […]

IRB Mythbusters – External Reliance

The VCU Human Research Protection Program presents IRB Mythbusters — a periodic newsletter clarifying common misconceptions about conducting human research and the IRB!  In this issue, “myths” surrounding External IRB Reliance (i.e.: when an external IRB, such as WCG, Advarra, or another academic institution reviews a VCU study) are addressed. View the attachment to see […]

Navigating RAMS-IRB to Conduct Reviews

This RAMS Gif Guide is intended for IRB members who need to conduct reviews of studies/submissions that are assigned to them at a meeting. This Gif Guide covers navigation of the SmartForm, logging reviewer notes, viewing documents, logging public/private comments, and finalizing reviews. To learn how to locate IRB meetings in RAMS-IRB, use this Gif […]

Navigating RAMS-IRB to Locate Your Meeting Attendance

This RAMS Gif Guide is intended for IRB members who wish to locate a history of the meetings they have attended. This may be important for tracking performance and ensuring that you have attended enough meetings to satisfy the requirements for being an IRB member. You can access more RAMS Gif Guides by using the […]

Navigating IRB Meeting Workspaces

This RAMS Gif Guide is intended for IRB members who need to navigate a meeting workspace in order to confirm or decline attendance, view agendas, and access studies on a meeting’s agenda. This is done after a specific meeting is selected in RAMS-IRB. Finding and selecting a specific meeting in RAMS-IRB is covered in a […]

Navigating RAMS-IRB to Locate IRB Meetings

This RAMS Gif Guide is intended for IRB members who wish to locate upcoming IRB meetings in RAMS-IRB, in order to confirm or decline attendance, view agendas, and access studies on the agenda. This Gif Guide covers only how to locate meetings. Navigating a meeting’s workspace (to confirm or decline attendance, view agendas, and access […]

UPCOMING CHANGE: Studies Reviewed by External IRBs Will Require Department Review

On 6/17/2021, RAMS-IRB will undergo a patch to make several changes. One change that will be implemented during the upcoming RAMS-IRB patch on 6/17/2021 is the addition of studies that request EXTERNAL IRB REVIEW being routed to department review first. When VCU cedes IRB review to another institution, we retain responsibility for ensuring that the […]

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