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Virginia IRB Consortium

The primary objective of the Virginia IRB Consortium is to improve our ability to network with IRB professionals in the Commonwealth.  

2014 Virginia IRB Consortium Conference

The University of Virginia (UVA), Virginia Union University (VUU), and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) are pleased to announce

"Lifting the Fog: Issues of Informed Consent, Data Protection and Oversight in QI/Institutional Assessments and Research".

The conference will be held on November 14, 2014 at Newcomb Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  For additional information, see conference agenda. To register, submit the registration for by October 30.

Note on CME:
The University Of Virginia School Of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards a maximum of 5.5 hours of participation (equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM) to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity.  The University of Virginia School of Medicine retains a record of participants for six years.  Educational transcripts may be obtained at  (click on Transcripts and follow the instructions).

2013 Virginia IRB Consortium Meeting Summary

On September 27, 2013, the 7th Annual Meeting of the Virginia IRB Consortium was held in Norfolk, VA. One hundred IRB professionals from Virginia and two other states attended the meeting that was held on the campus of Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and co-hosted by EVMS and Old Dominion University. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Data Protection Challenges: Keeping it Safe and Secure.”

The morning workshops focused on the meeting theme with two very well-received keynote addresses. The first talk was given by Andrea Di Fabio, security and networks director at Norfolk State University. Ms. Di Fabio provided a stark illustration of the threats to data security that come with increasing use of internet resources. The second talk was given by Sean Owen, director of the Client Cybersecurity Center at Abt Associates. Mr. Owen built upon the first talk by showing how IRBs can enhance data security through well-considered standards, policies, and procedures.

The afternoon was spent in smaller breakout sessions that allowed attendees to explore topics of specific interest. Sessions included information about certificates of confidentiality, work with special populations, HIPAA/HITECH, management of data repositories, and a case study in handling a breach of subject privacy.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the host institutions, Virginia Union University, and PRIM&R, and the generosity of the speakers, the event was a big success. The Virginia IRB Consortium looks forward to seeing this series of meetings continue next year.

2012 Virginia IRB Consortium Meeting Summary

The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia was the host of the sixth annual Virginia IRB Consortium Conference entitled "Research Review Challenges: From the Small IRB to the Age of Technology.” The conference was held on October 12, 2012 with over 100 people participating. The program, sponsored by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), the University of Virginia (UVa), and Virginia Union University (VUU), featured speakers from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Department of Health and Human Services, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Virginia Union University, University of Virginia, Carilion Clinic, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and James Madison University.


2011 Virginia IRB Consortium Meeting Summary

Virginia Union University oversaw the fifth annual Virginia IRB Consortium Conference entitled "Advancing the Culture of Subject Protections in Social and Behavioral Research". The conference, with funding from Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), was held on October 14, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia and featured topics included The “Nuts and Bolts” of Establishing an IRB, Creating a “Culture of Compliance” with IRB Regulations, Conducting Internet Research and Related Issues, Using Deception in Research, Working with Student Researchers, Conducting Research with Vulnerable Populations, Options for Protecting Confidentiality, and Applicability of IRBs across Disciplines.

2010 Virginia IRB Consortium Meeting Summary

Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia was the host of the fourth annual Virginia IRB Consortium Conference entitled  "After Research is Approved:  What's Next?"  .  The conference was held on November 16, 2010 with 120 participants from 20 different institutions from across the state of Virginia.  The program, with funding from Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) featured speakers from OHRP, Duke, VCU and WIRB. 

2009 Virginia IRB Consortium Meeting Summary

The Third Annual Virginia IRB Consortium, “Genetics, GWAS, GINA: “G” How Do We Keep Up?”, was held at the University of Virginia on September 29 and 30 and was a truly collaborative event sponsored by Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), and the University of Virginia (UVa). Over 70 people from 12 institutions and many different professional backgrounds-researchers, study coordinators, IRB administrators, IRB members, scholars, institutional officials-came together to participate. The focus was to better understand the science and ethical and legal implications of genetic research involving human subjects.

Two Learning Shots developed for the Consortium (see links below):

2008 Virginia IRB Consortium Meeting Summary

The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg hosted the Virginia IRB Consortium meeting on Friday, April 25, 2008.  Topics covered included gene therapy, social and behavioral science, international health, clinical perils and pitfalls, and new federal regulations. There were about 75 people in attendance representing 8 different IRBs in Virginia.

2007 Virginia IRB Consortium Meeting Summary

The first meeting of the Virginia IRB Consortium was held on Monday September 24, 2007, at the University of Virginia. The topics discussed were Personalized Medicine and IRB Review of Genetic Research. There were about 60 people in attendance representing 14 different IRBs in Virginia. 

IRB email discussion groups

One suggestion from the 9/24/07 meeting was to establish email discussion groups for IRB administrators in Virginia and separately for IRB board members in Virginia.

FOR IRB ADMINISTRATORS IN VIRGINIA : to sign up please go to

FOR IRB BOARD MEMBERS IN VIRGINIA : to sign up please go to

Other IRB Educational Events in Virginia
Please contact Jean Gaare Eby at or (434) 243-4953, if you would like your event posted on this website.