Institutional Review Board

Welcome to the website for the Regis College Institutional Review Board. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines an Institutional Review Board (IRB) as “an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated.”

Regis has an IRB in order to protect human subjects and to ensure that the potential benefits of research projects outweigh the risks to the participants. In the past, even well-meaning researchers have placed the people in their studies at grave risk. An IRB is an extra safeguard to ensure that researchers are being ethical and that they have minimized the risks to their subjects as much as possible.

The table below lists the IRB meeting dates and protocol submission due dates. Please note that the protocol due dates are only for protocols requiring a full review. All other protocols can be submitted at any time.

Protocol Submission Due Dates* IRB Meeting Dates
August 27, 2014 September 17, 2014
September 24, 2014 October 15, 2014
October 29, 2014 November 19, 2014
November 26, 2014 December 17, 2014
December 31, 2014 January 21, 2015
January 28, 2015 February 18, 2015
February 25, 2015 March 18, 2015
March 25, 2015 April 15, 2015
April 29, 2015 May 20, 2015
May 27, 2015 June 17, 2015
June 24, 2015 July 15, 2015
July 29, 2015 August 19, 2015
August 26, 2015  


* The following documents should be e-mailed to irb@regiscollege.edu:

  • IRB Application
  • Informed Consent Document
  • NIH Training Module

On this website you will find

  • What kinds of research projects have to come to the IRB? All research involving human subjects must come to the IRB for review before the study begins, regardless of whether the federal government would deem it exempt, eligible for expedited review, or in need of full board review.
  • The list of current members of the IRB
  • A link to the free online training that everyone must complete; applicants submit the certification from this training with their application [if this link is broken, please google for the "National Cancer Institute" and "Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams" and email irb@regiscollege.edu to let us know]. Be sure to allow up to three hours to complete the training, though you can do it in several sittings rather than all at once.
  • Application and other forms

For more information

IRB Chairs

Margaret Oot-Hayes, PhD
Associate Professor of Nursing

781-768-7163

Carmella Abbruzzese, CSJ, EdD
Associate Professor of Education

781-768-7423

Regis College: Institutional Review Board