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 28, 2013 September 18, 2013
September 25, 2013 October 16, 2013
October 30, 2013 November 20, 2013
November 25, 2013 December 18, 2013
December 23, 2013 January 15, 2014
January 29, 2014 February 19, 2014
February 26, 2014 March 19, 2014
March 26, 2014 April 16, 2014
April 30, 2014 May 21, 2014
May 28, 2014 June 18, 2014
June 25, 2014 July 16, 2014
July 30, 2014 August 20, 2014


* 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