Full Board Meeting Schedule

IRB-02 Behavioral/Social Science meets on once a month on the fourth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in 101 HLHS or virtually. Meetings may be canceled when there is insufficient board members are availability, or if there aren't enough projects to review on a given meeting date.  If you have questions regarding the IRB-01 meeting schedule, please call the Human Subjects Office at 319-335-6564.

The majority of IRB-02 new projects are considered minimal risk (surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) and may be approved by the exempt or expedited process. An IRB-02 Chair or Chair Designee may approve these projects by the exempt or expedited process. If a study requires full-board review, please allow two-three weeks after receipt of the complete application to be placed on a meeting agenda.  This time is used for preliminary review, contacting the investigator with questions, and copying and distributing the materials about a week in advance of the meeting for board members' review.  The investigator is notified of the meeting date if the IRB chair request his/her presence at the meeting.  Minutes are sent via HawkIRB, generally within a week of the meeting, to the Principal Investigator, delegates and contact persons listed on the HawkIRB application.

The screening process varies by type of application (Continuing Review, Modification, etc.), but typically involves both an administrative pre-screen to make sure the application is complete (e.g. consents are attached, funding source is correct, the grant is attached, etc.), and a content review for accuracy and consistency. If questions or concerns are identified by HSO staff, the project is returned to the PI through HawkIRB with instructions regarding how to address them. Once the PI has addressed the questions or concerns identified by the staff, the PI does need to route the project back to the HSO to continue application processing. If all of the questions have been answered, or the review is complete, the application can be scheduled to a meeting.

Please keep in mind that all studies scheduled to any IRB full board meetings require approximately ten days for preparation and distribution of meeting materials to the IRB members.

Continuing Review (CR) applications requiring full board review should be submitted to the IRB with sufficient time for screening and preparation for review. Please keep in mind during holiday seasons or during particular high traffic months, there could be delays in IRB review and approval. Every effort will be made to review a project prior to its expiration date. Principal Investigator, delegates, and contact persons listed on the application will receive multiple email reminders in advance of the submission deadline from HawkIRB when the research project is due for continuing review. Do not ignore these messages. Please call the Human Subjects Office at 335-6564 if you have questions regarding these notices. See the Continuing Review for more information.

Expedited Review Timeframe

For projects eligible for expedited review, please allow approximately three weeks for review and approval.  If the chair has questions about the project, the investigator will be contacted by HawkIRB, phone or e-mail.  Depending on the complexity of the questions or the number of overall submissions, the process may take longer than three weeks.

Exempt Review Timeframe

A similar timeframe should be allowed for projects that are classified as exempt from the regulations, since the chair may have questions for the investigator before the exempt determination can be made.

IRB Meeting Rosters

Click here to access IRB rosters for the current year. Contact the Human Subjects Office to request rosters prior to 2018.

IRB 02 Chairs:

Janet Karen Williams, RN, FAAN, PhD

John Wadsworth, PhD

Michael Lovaglia, PhD

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