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* 2017 - 2018 IRB Meeting Dates
August 1, 2017 August 15, 2017
September 5, 2017 September 19, 2017
October 3, 2017 October 17, 2017
November 7, 2017 November 21, 2017
December 5, 2017 December 19, 2017
January 2, 2018 January 16, 2018
February 6, 2018 February 20, 2018
March 6, 2018 March 20, 2018
April 3, 2018 April 17, 2018
May 1, 2018 May 15, 2018
June 5, 2018 June 19, 2018
July 3, 2018 July 17, 2018
August 7, 2018 August 21, 2018

* 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 Chair

Margaret Oot-Hayes, PhD
Associate Professor of Nursing

781-768-7163

Alternate Chair

Colleen C. Malachowski, PhD
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director, Communication Department

781-768-7373

Resources

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