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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.

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RAMS-IRB Document Issues Resolved

Thank you for your patience while we resolved the document issues being experienced in RAMS-IRB.  At this time, we believe that the documents have been restored, and investigators are welcome to submit to the IRB again.  We recommend that you double-check your submission to make sure that everything seems completely intact. If you download a […]

RAMS-IRB is Back Online

In the morning of Wednesday, September 15th, RAMS-IRB went offline to undergo an update. This update is now complete, and RAMS-IRB is once again available for use. The update made changes to the look and feel of RAMS-IRB, including changes to smartform navigation and the reviewer notes interface. Please note: an issue with the documents […]

RAMS-IRB Will Continue to Be Down Until 9/16/2021

In the morning of Wednesday, September 15th, RAMS-IRB went offline to undergo an update. This update was scheduled to complete at 3pm EST. Unfortunately, the update is taking longer than expected, and RAMS-IRB will remain offline until tomorrow morning (Thursday, September 16, 2021). The VCU HRPP will send out a notification once RAMS-IRB is back […]

Researcher Guidance for Using RAMS-IRB 9.0

On 9/15/2021, RAMS-IRB was updated to version 9.0, which resulted in significant changes to the look and feel of the system, specifically relating to navigation and the reviewer notes interface. This blog post compiles resources for researchers who need to navigate RAMS-IRB following the update. The VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has developed video […]

REMINDER: RAMS-IRB Update 9/15/2021; System Down 6am-3pm

As a reminder, RAMS-IRB will be undergoing an update on Wednesday, September 15th, and will be inaccessible between 6am and 3pm EST. RAMS-IRB may come back online prior to 3pm if the update finishes earlier. The HRPP will notify the research community should RAMS-IRB come back online earlier than anticipated. The RAMS-IRB update will have […]

Research Recruitment Advertising and VCU Policy

The VCU HRPP would like to share the message below from Tom Klug with a reminder for investigators about one of VCU’s policies related to research recruitment advertising. Please direct any questions to the Division of University Relations: VCU Brand Identity Office at identity@vcu.edu University Relations and the Integrity and Compliance Office have recently updated the […]

IMPORTANT NOTICE: RAMS-IRB Will be Down Wed, Sep 15, 6am-3pm

The VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is notifying the VCU research community that RAMS-IRB will be undergoing updates and will be inaccessible on Wednesday, September 15th from 6am until 3pm. RAMS-IRB may come back online prior to 3pm if the update finishes earlier. The HRPP will notify the research community should RAMS-IRB come back […]

Reminder: Researchers Separating From VCU Must Close or Amend Studies Prior to Separation

IRB Requirements for Separating PIs A Principal Investigator (PI) who is leaving the institution and who no longer meets the PI eligibility requirements may not continue to serve as Principal Investigator on research conducted under the VCU IRB approval. When a PI is planning to separate from VCU, they must address any studies they have […]

Reminder about Masking Requirements for Research Participants

The HRPP reminds all investigators and study teams that masking indoors has been reinstated throughout the University and remains in effect for health system facilities.  Study teams remain responsible for following all applicable federal, state, local, and institutional public health requirements, regardless of the vaccination status of the participants or study team members.  Here are a few examples of times […]

Clarification Regarding Process to Obtain VCUHS EMR Data

The VCU HRPP would like to share this message from Mary Harmon, regarding clarifications surrounding the process to obtain data from VCUHS EMRs.  Please direct questions regarding this process to Mary Harmon. — VCUHS and VCU would like to take this opportunity to provide clarity to recent changes and communication regarding the approved pathways to […]

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