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Staff Announcements: May 2022

May 6, 2022
We are pleased to announce the following IRB Office staff announcements: Angela May Baumgartner as Lead IRB Compliance Analyst, Compliance and Education Team; Katie Wright as IRB Analyst, Social and Behavioral Team; and Candy Melara as IRB Analyst, Biomedical Team.

Monthly Website Update: April 2022

April 12, 2022
Guidance for Determining Engagement in Human Research at Northwestern University and Affiliated Institutions and Use of Northwestern University IRB Services Policies were published this month.

Staff Announcement: New IRB Reliance Manager

March 28, 2022
We are pleased to announce that Marcella Cooks will assume the role of IRB Reliance Manager, which is a new leadership position within Northwestern University’s IRB Office. 

Staff Announcement: New Associate Director, IRB Operations

March 24, 2022
After a 3-month long nationwide search with a diverse candidate slate of high-caliber applicants, we are pleased to announce that effective Monday March 14th, 2022 that Lisa Linn will assume the inaugural role of Associate Director, IRB Operations for Northwestern University’s IRB Office.

Staff Announcement: New Associate Director, IRB Compliance and Reliance

March 24, 2022
After a 3-month long nationwide search and with a diverse candidate slate of high-caliber applicants, we are pleased to announce that Piper Hawkins-Green will assume the inaugural role of Associate Director, IRB Compliance and Reliance for Northwestern University’s IRB Office.

Monthly Website Update: February 2022

February 28, 2022
Post-Approval Monitoring Checklists were updated in February 2022 and a new Minors Acting as Research Study Team Members Policy is now available.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Memo

January 27, 2022
Researchers proposing to list COVID-19 vaccination and/or testing as part of eligibility criteria must provide scientific justification in order to add this requirement to any research study.

Monthly Website Update: November 2021

November 1, 2021
The Biomedical Protocol template, Social Behavioral Protocol template, Local Protocol Addendum template, Investigator Manual, and various other documents were updated this month.

Industry Sponsored Fees

July 16, 2021
As a part of the Northwestern University IRB Office’s continued support of the research enterprise, and to help fund services provided by the IRB, the IRB Office charges fees to review industry sponsored research.

Informed Consent Webpage Update

July 14, 2021
The Institutional Review Board Office (IRB) updated the Informed Consent webpage to incorporate electronic consent information. The webpage has also been updated to clarify the different types of consent waivers and when each type of consent waiver is applicable.

IRB Documents for Research with Children

July 13, 2021
We are pleased to announce that the IRB Office has updated the website to include several timely revisions to documents related to research with children. Notably, revisions do not reflect any changes in policy, practices or regulatory criteria, but are geared to improve readability/accessibility of documents.

IRB Office Guidelines for Return of Human Research Activities to Campus

June 21, 2021
In alignment with the recent communication from VPR Milan Mrksich regarding the State of Illinois Phase 5 re-opening and lifted restrictions for vaccinated University community members, the IRB Office has updated policies for PIs and research teams conducting on-campus human research activities.

NMHC Sites Update

June 7, 2021
As of Sunday, May 16th, the sites section of the eIRB+ application now includes a list of all affiliated NMHC locations. If a new application or modification has the NMHC box checked, an ‘NMHC sites’ question will populate to allow research teams the opportunity to indicate the specific site. This update is only applicable when NMHC is as a study site.

WCG IRB Unification and Master Agreement Update

February 2, 2021
On October 12, 2020, WCG announced the unification of its five industry-leading IRBs – Western IRB (WIRB), Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB), Midlands IRB (MLIRB), New England IRB (NEIRB), and Aspire IRB – into the single WCG IRB brand.