Virginia IRB Consortium
The primary objective of the Virginia IRB Consortium is to improve our ability to network with IRB professionals in the Commonwealth.
2015 Virginia IRB Consortium
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The next VA IRB Consortium conference will be held on October 16, 2015 at Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. More information to follow.
2014 Virginia IRB Consortium Conference
The Eighth Annual Virginia IRB Consortium, “Lifting the Fog: Issues of Informed Consent, Data Protection and Oversight in QI/Institutional Assessments and Research”, was held at the University of Virginia on November 14, 2014 and was sponsored by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), the University of Virginia (UVA), and Virginia Union University (VUU). A total of 179 people from 30 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 issues in quality initiatives/institutional assessments and research.
The conference opened with welcoming remarks by UVA Associate Vice-President for Research Dr. David Hudson and Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research (IRB-HSR) Director Susie Hoffman. Dr. Tracey Hoke, Chief of Quality and Performance Improvement at UVA, Professor Margaret Foster Riley of UVA Law School, and Dr. Danielle Whicher of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) participated in a panel discussion, moderated by UVA IRB-HSR Chair Dr. Richard Stevenson, on deciphering quality improvement from research and the implications for informed consent. The keynote was delivered by Dr. Danielle Whicher and focused on informed consent requirements for pragmatic comparative effectiveness trials.
The afternoon began with Dr. Ivor Pritchard of the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) discussing healthcare operations, quality improvement, comparative effectiveness, and experimental research in the context of the learning health system. Michelle Feige of OHRP and Dr. Michelle Stickler of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) then presented on flexibilities in the regulations. The conference ended with two breakout sessions. Brian Davis and Susie Hoffman led a session on UVA procedures to foster collaboration between the IRB and Security Office during protocol review. Elicia Preslan and Dawn Anderson presented a research project on VCU’s experience with transitioning to an electronic submission system.
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 https://list.mail.virginia.edu/mailman/listinfo/vairb-admin
FOR IRB BOARD MEMBERS IN VIRGINIA : to sign up please go to https://list.mail.virginia.edu/mailman/listinfo/vairb-board
Other IRB Educational Events in Virginia
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