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IRB Bulletin: News from the IRB Office (October 2022)


As a part of the Northwestern University IRB Office’s initiative to share timely resources and information with the research community, we are excited to welcome you to the new IRB Bulletin! The IRB Bulletin is released at the beginning of each month and contains relevant updates from the IRB office. The IRB Bulletin is sent via the IRB listserv also posted monthly on the IRB News & Announcements webpage. Please keep reading for this month’s updates.  

New Workgroup: Fostering Accessibility and Inclusivity in Research (FAIR) 

The IRB office has created a workgroup to address its DEI&J initiatives. Please visit our new website at to learn more about how the IRB will be reviewing studies from a DEI&J lens and what your team can do to make your research more FAIR. 

New Guidance: Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China 

New regulations regarding research in China has been instituted. The Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China (PIPL) addresses the activities of handling the personal information of natural persons within the borders of the People’s Republic of China. Please find associated guidance documents on the Policies & Guidance webpage. Reference this page for a translation of the full policy. 

  • PIPL-Guidance For Human Research HRP-1916  
  • PIPL-Human Research Flow Chart-NU HRP-1112
  • PIPL Compliant Consent HRP-591 

New Form: Training Presentation Request Form 

Research community members from Northwestern University and affiliated institutions (Northwestern Memorial Healthcare or the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab) can now complete a Training Presentation Request Form to request an IRB Office-led training. Due to the volume of training requests, The IRB Office gives priority consideration to those submitted five or more weeks in advance of the first proposed presentation date. For more information, please visit our Education page.  

Updated: Post-Approval Monitoring Self-Assessment Checklists  

The Post-Approval Monitoring Biomedical and Social Behavioral checklists were updated and combined into one checklist, the Human Research Checklist HRP-430.  Both biomedical and social behavioral studies will utilize the same checklist for post-approval monitoring activities moving forward. Access the Checklists & Worksheets page to view the revised checklist, and see the Post-Approval Monitoring page for more information on the post-approval monitoring program. 

Staff Announcements: October 2022  

Rozelle Copeland, Lead Analyst, Biomedical  

We are pleased to welcome Rozelle Copeland as a Lead Biomedical Analyst. Rozelle has previously worked at Trinity Health for 7 years as a Research Compliance Specialist, where she conducted a variety of compliance audits, provided training and consultation to researchers, and trained and mentored new staff. Rozelle has also held the position of Associate Director at Wayne State University IRB Office for 4 years.  This included providing guidance and oversight for 5 IRB panels, serving as the IRB of record for 7 hospitals. Rozelle also has experience as a consultant for non-profit agencies, serving people with various needs regarding developmental disabilities, substance abuse, juvenile justice needs, and employee assistance programs. Rozelle holds a Ph.D. in Special Education and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology. 

As a Lead Analyst, Rozelle will serve as a primary resource for regulatory and procedural guidance regarding questions and issues that arise from the day-to-day operation of the IRB Office. 

Jennie Thai, Senior IRB Compliance Analyst, Compliance and Education 

We are pleased to welcome Jennie Thai to the Northwestern University IRB Office as a Senior IRB Compliance Analyst. Jennie brings a wealth of human research experience, both conducting research and providing IRB oversight. Most recently, Jennie protected human research participants at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital as a Senior Research Compliance Coordinator with the IRB. Before joining the Lurie Children’s Hospital, Jennie conducted qualitative survey research on relationships, infidelity, and sexual identity development, and published on Latina sexual minority women’s experiences with violence in the Latina/o Psychology Today bulletin and presented the findings at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Minority Health Conference. Jennie obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. 

As a member of the Compliance and Education team, Jennie will have a key role in our institution’s HRPP by serving as a point person for directed reviews and other compliance activities, providing support to the research community to ensure compliance, and having an integral role as the Compliance team launches various initiatives. 

Please join us in welcoming Rozelle and Jennie to the IRB Office! 

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