Institutional Review Board Courses & Training

Human Research Regulatory Affairs Institutional Review Board Courses & Training
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Human Research Regulatory Affairs Institutional Review Board Courses & Training

NYU School of Medicine’s Division of Education and Training offers various opportunities to learn more about institutional review board (IRB) policies and procedures, federal regulations, and the ethical issues surrounding human subjects research and protection. 

Offerings include the following:

  • weekly courses covering both fundamental and advanced topics
  • yearly symposiums and events, such as IRB grand rounds
  • invited presentations and training for individuals and groups on a reserved, ad hoc basis; issues covered include presenting to your staff during grand rounds or holding a meeting on a topic of interest to your research team
  • IRB outreach, in which investigators can meet one-on-one with an IRB scientific manager, who can help navigate a new or difficult IRB submission

To schedule an outreach session or an invited presentation or training session, please email irb-education@nyumc.org.

If you would like to attend an IRB fundamental or advanced session, register using the iDevelop system so that you can be alerted of updates and cancellations. You can use the following steps to do so:

  • Login to atNYULMC.org using your Kerberos ID and password.
  • Select “iDevelop” from the “My Applications menu” and search the applications catalog for “iDevelop” and select it.
  • Select “Course Catalog” on the iDevelop home screen.
  • Search for your session of choice by entering “Fundamentals of the IRB” or “Advanced Sessions of the IRB” in the “Search for” text bar.
  • When the list of courses appears, click “Scheduled Classes” for the course you would like to attend.
  • Select the date of the class you would like to attend.
  • Select “Enroll in this Class.” You will receive a confirmation email.
  • Select “Close Record” to return to the list of courses.
  • Repeat steps five to seven to register for another course.

Most courses are brown bag sessions, in which attendees are invited to bring lunch. Researchers with a Kerberos ID can log into iDevelop to view details about upcoming courses and training sessions. 

Fundamentals of the IRB

IRB fundamentals sessions are generally held the first, second, and third Mondays of every month in conference room 6-311 at our One Park Avenue location. However, date, time and location are subject to change at any time. 

New Submissions

This session provides information on how to submit an application for new protocol review to the IRB. Attendees learn how to complete the application, what type of answers ensure a faster approval, and who on the IRB office staff can to assist with questions. 

Reportable New Information

This session covers how to submit the reportable events application to the IRB. Attendees learn the difference between an adverse event and reportable events, when to submit a reportable event, how to complete the reportable event form, and who on the office staff can assist with questions. 

Continuations, Modifications, and Closures

This session reviews the three submission types (exempt, expedited, and full) and the process for submitting applications to the IRB. For each application type, attendees learn what must be included, which answers might ease approval, and who on the IRB staff can help. 

Advanced Topics of the IRB

IRB advanced topics sessions are generally held the fourth Monday of every month in conference room 6-311 at our One Park Avenue location. However, date, time and location are subject to change. 

How to Write a Protocol

This session gives attendees the information they need for writing a protocol. It covers the essential IRB elements needed in a protocol, a previously approved principal investigator–initiated protocol, and the IRB office staff available to assist. 

Writing an Informed Consent that Informs

This session guides attendees on writing an informed consent document that better informs research subjects. Topics include the required elements of informed consent, lowering the reading level of the document, and ensuring that subjects can fully comprehend the informed consent document. 

Informed Consent Process

In this session, attendees learn how to conduct an informed consent process. Topics covered include how to orally present the informed consent process to maximize comprehension, receive guidance on best practices, and obtain an overview of the IRB office staff available to assist you with your questions. 

How to Keep a Regulatory Binder

This session provides attendees with information on what documents need to be included in a regulatory binder. Attendees will receive guidance on the contents of a regulatory binder, directions on keeping the study documents updated and centrally located, and an overview of the IRB office staff available to assist you with your questions. 

IRB Outreach Program

The IRB offers an outreach program that gives research investigators an opportunity to meet with a scientific manager and review their IRB proposals before submitting to the IRB for formal review. At your session, you receive help with the development of new protocols, informed consent writing, and the best approach toward getting your IRB submission approved.

Individuals can schedule a one-hour, one-on-one appointment with a scientific manager. Appointments can be scheduled to accommodate work schedules.

To find out more information or schedule an outreach appointment, email irb-education@nyumc.org.