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.

New Investigator Tips: Do I Need to Submit Exempt Research to the VCU IRB?

Federal regulations for the protection of human subjects contain various areas of flexibility, where institutions are allowed to set policy and procedures for certain aspects of the conduct of human research. While many aspects of conducting human research remain the same between institutions, there are certain areas that can vary between institutions. This means investigators […]

New Investigator Tips: What Should I Do if I am Bringing a Research Study from My Old Institution to VCU?

Federal regulations for the protection of human subjects contain various areas of flexibility, where institutions are allowed to set policy and procedures for certain aspects of the conduct of human research. While many aspects of conducting human research remain the same between institutions, there are certain areas that can vary between institutions. This means investigators […]

New Investigator Tips: What are the CITI Training Requirements at VCU?

Federal regulations for the protection of human subjects contain various areas of flexibility, where institutions are allowed to set policy and procedures for certain aspects of the conduct of human research. While many aspects of conducting human research remain the same between institutions, there are certain areas that can vary between institutions. This means investigators […]

FREE CEU: Free Workshop on Assent with Individuals with Communication Difficulties

The VCU HRPP Would like to notify the research community about a free workshop offering CEUs on the topic of assent with individuals with communication difficulties. The workshop is being held on Wednesday, June 29 at 3pm ET. Toward an Understanding of Assent with Individuals with Communication Difficulties. Presenter: Cody Morris, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA Seeking […]

Reminder: Researchers Separating From VCU Must Close or Amend Studies Prior to Separation

IRB Requirements for Separating PIs A Principal Investigator (PI) who is leaving the institution and who no longer meets the PI eligibility requirements may not continue to serve as Principal Investigator on research conducted under the VCU IRB approval. When a PI is planning to separate from VCU, they must address any studies they have […]

New NIH Guidance on Informed Consent for Secondary Research with Data and Biospecimens

The VCU HRPP would like to draw the research community’s attention to a new resource made available by the NIH, on the topic of informed consent considerations for secondary research with data and specimens. This resource addresses only consent for the storage and sharing of data and biospecimens collected during a primary research protocol, for […]

*High Importance* – Human Subject Research Impacted by Iodine-based IV Contrast Shortage at VCUHS

Dear Members of the VCU Research Community, The Virginia Commonwealth University Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is aware of the iodine-based IV contrast shortage at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) due to supply chain issues related to COVID-19. The potential impact on human subjects research may require submission of a protocol amendment to adjust […]

IRB Chair Perspectives: The Importance of the Independence of IRBs

Dr. Ron Evans is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and currently serves as Chair of the VCU IRB Social Behavioral/Biomedical panel.  Dr. Evans has been a faculty member at VCU since 2003 and an IRB member since 2005. In this article, Dr. Evans reflects on the importance of the IRB […]

HRPP Director Perspectives: The Importance of the Independence of IRBs

Dr. Sanjur “Sandy” Brooks, DPS, MA, is the Director of the VCU Human Research Protection Program. In this article, she reflects on the importance of the IRB operating independently, free from undue influence or inducement. There is an inherent conflict and dichotomy in facilitating human subject research that is not always recognized by those of […]

Research Dean Perspectives: The Importance of the Independence of IRBs

Dr. Michael Donnenberg is the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training and Professor of Internal Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology in the VCU School of Medicine. In this article, he shares his thoughts on the topic of ethics and integrity, with an emphasis on the importance of the independent operation of the […]

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