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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.

Category results for: IRB Education and Training

Wright Center Consulting Hours — VIRTUAL (5/21/21)

The Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, in collaboration with the VCU Human Research Protection Program, are pleased to offer virtual open consulting hours. These open consulting hours will be hosted VIRTUALLY using Zoom. The consulting hours will include consultants from the following research areas: Biostatistics IND/IDE/FDA regulations Informatics IRB (Human Subjects Protection) Library […]

RAMS-IRB is back online after patch

The RAMS-IRB patch today was completed successfully and is now back online. For a description of what updates are included in this patch, please refer to: Please contact the assigned IRB coordinator for your study or ORSP@vcu.edu if problems are encountered.

Navigating RAMS-IRB to Create and Navigate Through New Studies

This RAMS Gif Guide is intended for researchers and research teams using the RAMS-IRB system to manage IRB submissions. This guide will walk users through the process of creating a new study, various methods for navigating through a study, and how to submit a study to the IRB for review. You can access more RAMS […]

Navigating RAMS-IRB to Add, Remove, and Update Documents

This RAMS Gif Guide is intended for researchers and research teams using the RAMS-IRB system to manage IRB submissions. This guide will walk users through the steps in RAMS-IRB necessary to manage documents, including adding, removing, and updating documents. At the end of this post are general document management tips. You can access more RAMS […]

Navigating RAMS-IRB to Locate My Studies

This RAMS Gif Guide is intended for researchers and research teams using the RAMS-IRB system to manage IRB submissions. This guide will walk users through different methods of locating the user’s own studies in various states within RAMS-IRB. Please note that only studies for which you are listed as a PI and/or an “Editor” will […]

Navigating RAMS-IRB to Perform Department Reviews

This RAMS Gif Guide is intended for those who perform department reviews. This guide will walk users through the processes needed to perform a department review, including navigation, reviewer note functions, and accessing documents. This guide only covers the technical aspects of navigating RAMS-IRB to conduct department reviews. If you require guidance on the scope […]

IRB Mythbusters – HIPAA and Research

The VCU Human Research Protection Program presents IRB Mythbusters — a periodic newsletter clarifying common misconceptions about conducting human research and the IRB!  In this issue, “myths” surrounding HIPAA and research are addressed. Access previous editions of IRB Mythbusters by visiting the “mythbusters” tag on our blog. MYTH #1: When collecting HIPAA-covered data, I can […]

Data Identifiability Terms and Definitions

What is “Data Identifiability”? “Data Identifiability” refers to the ability of a researcher to identify specific individuals within a research dataset. There are varying degrees of data identifiability, ranging from data that is easily linked to specific individuals based on information present in the dataset, to data for which it is impossible to identify specific […]

New IRB requirement for amendments that change the Principal Investigator of a study

New Requirement for VCU IRB studies: All amendments submitted on or after March 15, 2021 that propose to change the Principal Investigator (PI) on a VCU IRB study will be required to have the new PI complete the PI Change Instrument and upload a copy of the completed responses. The PI Change Instrument can be […]

IRB Satisfaction Survey

The VCU Office of Research Subjects Protection invites members of the VCU and VCU Health research communities who are familiar with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to take an anonymous satisfaction survey.   This annual satisfaction survey includes questions about the following topics: perceptions of the IRB, RAMS-IRB use, customer service provided by the ORSP […]

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