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REDCap eConsent Templates Now Available for Use in Human Research

The VCU Human Research Protection Program and the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research are pleased to announce that REDCap eConsent templates are now available for use in human research.  Full IRB guidance on the use of REDCap eConsent will be available under the “Informed Consent” accordion on the VCU […]

Data Identifiability Terms and Definitions

What is “Data Identifiability”? “Data Identifiability” refers to the ability of a researcher to identify specific individuals within a research dataset. There are varying degrees of data identifiability, ranging from data that is easily linked to specific individuals based on information present in the dataset, to data for which it is impossible to identify specific […]

IRB Mythbusters – Social Media Recruitment

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 social media recruitment are addressed. Access previous editions of IRB Mythbusters by visiting the “mythbusters” tag on our blog. MYTH #1: If I have an approved physical […]

New Recruitment Guidance Available: Social Media and Cold Calling

The VCU Human Research Protection Program is pleased to offer two new guidance documents to the research community. VCU IRB’s guidance to researchers on cold calling recruitment methods offers guidance on using “cold calling” for recruitment efforts. It defines “cold calling,” explains when cold calling should and should not be used, and discusses best practices […]

Investigator Responsibilities Regarding COVID during the VCU Winter Closure

Dear Members of the VCU Research Community, As we approach the VCU Winter Closure, the HRPP and IRB would like to thank the research community for their collaboration with us this year. We faced some new challenges, and we are proud that we worked together to facilitate research that benefits our patients, students, and community. […]

IRB Mythbusters: Over-Enrollment and Study Expirations

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 over-enrollment of research participants and study expirations are addressed.  MYTH #1: Enrolling more participants in a study than the IRB approved in my research plan is okay; […]

Guidance Available: Re-Consenting in Research Involving Children

The VCU Human Research Protection Program would like to inform the VCU research community about the availability of a new educational resource on the topic of re-consenting children who reach the age of majority during a research study. This 15 minute video lecture covers relevant definitions, requirements for parental permission and assent, as well as […]

VCUHS Guidance Available for Return to Research

The VCU HRPP would like to inform the VCU research community about guidance from VCUHS regarding infection prevention, PPE and cleaning/disinfecting protocols for VCUHS return to research. The guidance can be accessed on the One VCU Clinical Research Blog. Investigators are reminded that they are not required to submit amendments to their IRB submissions in […]

Reminder for Researchers Separating from VCU

This is the time of year when we frequently see new faculty, staff, and students arriving at VCU, as well as when others may be retiring or leaving the institution.  With this, we would like to take a moment to remind all researchers of actions that are required when key personnel engaged in IRB-approved protocols separate […]

Update: Revised R2R Guidance Available

The VCU Human Research Protection Program would like to inform the VCU research community of an update to the HRPP’s Phased Return to Research (R2R) guidance. Minor clarifications were made to both the “Investigator Responsibilities to the IRB During the R2R” document and the “Supplemental Flowchart for Investigator Responsibilities During the R2R” document, to clarify […]