IRB Process Training

IRB Training Opportunities

The Office of Research Ethics (ORE) has launched a training program for new, as well as experienced, investigators including graduate students, faculty, and staff who conduct research involving human subjects.

    IRB 101: Navigating the IRB Submission Process

    IRB 101: Navigating the IRB Submission Process is a recurring session.  As part of this presentation, participants learn tips on developing and submitting protocols to the IRB. A member of the IRB staff will walk through key sections of the IRB application and explain what the IRB looks for during the review process. Fall dates are:

    • CANCELLED Thursday, December 9, 2021: 2:00-3:30 pm, Memorial Union Cardinal Room (hybrid)

    IRB Basics Series

    Additionally, we offer a 3-part series covering IRB Basics.  This series addresses different components of human subjects research in a more in-depth manner. This series is being offered once in the fall and once in the spring, but it is not necessary for you to attend all three sessions in the same semester.  Please select the date for each topic that works best with your schedule when you register. If you don't get a chance to register, you are still welcome to attend. Topics and upcoming class dates are as follows: 

    1.  IRB Basics: Does this project need IRB Oversight?  This session is the first of a 3-part series covering IRB Basics. Here participants learn the process to determine whether IRB oversight is required. Additionally, information about the various levels of IRB review (Exempt, Expedited, Full Committee) is shared.

    • Spring Course TBD   

    2.  IRB Basics: The Informed Consent Process  Learn about the informed consent process, which includes participant recruitment as well as the informed consent document. Discussion will include regulatory requirements and best practices for designing and administering informed consent.

    • Wednesday, October 27, 2021:  11:00 am-12:00 pm, Durham 206  Register here.

    • Wednesday, February 23, 2022:  11:00-12:00 pm, Memorial Union Oak Room (hybrid)  Register here.

    3.  IRB Basics: Protecting Human Subjects  This session includes discussion of risk inhuman subjects research and approaches for minimizing risk. The session also addresses participant confidentiality, as well as data security measures.

    • CANCELLED Tuesday, November 2, 2021: 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Memorial Union Oak Room  

    If you have any questions about the training, please contact Kerry Agnitsch, kagnitsc@iastate.edu 294-4271.

    IRB Special Topics Series

    Offered once a semester, presentations in this series involve in-depth discussion from an evolving menu of specific IRB topics (e.g., collaborative/multi-site research, using secondary data in research, enrolling students in research, qualitative research). Attendees are expected to have a basic knowledge of IRB principles and processes. These sessions are most useful for attendees who have completed IRB 101 or have basic knowledge of IRB principles and processes. Registration links are provided below. If you don't get a chance to register, you are still welcome to attend. Topics and upcoming class dates are as follows:

    1.  External Collaborations:  Research projects often involve collaboration between researchers at ISU and those at other universities.  In some cases, there may be ways to avoid duplicate IRB review through formal IRB Reliance Agreements, or IRB Authorization Agreements (IAAs).  In fact, most federally funded multi-site research now requires review by a single IRB (sIRB). Join us for an in-depth discussion of IRB oversight options for collaborative and multi-site projects, including the additional roles/responsibilities for PIs of multi-site, collaborative research.

    This session is most useful for attendees who have completed IRB 101 or have a basic knowledge of IRB principles and processes.

    • CANCELLED Wednesday, November 10, 2021: 1:00-2:00 pm, Memorial Union Cardinal Room (hybrid)

    2.  Research with Secondary Data:  Some research projects do not involve any direct interaction or intervention with human participants, but rather utilizes existing data. Join us for an in-depth discussion of the considerations and PI responsibilities unique to conducting research using secondary data.

    This session is most useful for attendees who have completed IRB 101 or have a basic knowledge of IRB principles and processes.

    • Wednesday, March 9, 2022:  1:00-2:00 pm, Memorial Union Room 3505 (hybrid)  Register here.

    If you have any questions about the training, please contact Kerry Agnitsch, kagnitsc@iastate.edu 294-4271.