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Sixth Annual Virginia IRB Consortium Conference

Research Review Challenges:
From the Small IRB to the Age of Technology

Attendance Information

Keynote and Panel Guests
Breakout Guests
Registration Form

Attendance Information

The conference is located at UVa’s Newcomb Hall and will commence Friday, October 12, 2012 from 8:15am- 4:30 pm. There is no fee for this conference; however, those wishing to attend must register by September 14 in order to attend. Please complete the registration form and email it to Jean Gaare Eby at by September 14th.

Continuing Education Credits/Education Contact Hours will be provided. Education Contact Hours: 5.75 continuing education units. The School of Medicine Clinical Trials Office of the University of Virginia is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number: 11-07-03P


8:15-8:45        Registration

8:45-9:00        Welcome/Announcements:
Dave Hudson, Associate VP for Research, University of Virginia
Susie Hoffman, Director, IRB for Health Sciences Research, University of Virginia

9:00-10:15      Keynote: Michael Zimmer (via Skype)
Research, the Cloud, and the IRB

10:15-10:30    Break

10:30-noon      Plenary: Laura Odwazny
Elizabeth Buchanan
Informed Consent: Internet Research, Social Media, and the IRB

12:00-1:00        Networking Lunch: You will be on your own to obtain lunch from the Newcomb Hall Cafeteria.  Food may be brought back to the conference for the networking lunch.

12:30-2            Breakout

  1. Running an IRB on a Shoe String Budget: the Essentials of Operating an IRB

Bring your lunch to this room- the session will begin as you are eating lunch.
Faculty: R. Kirk Jonas, Carolyn Strong

1:00-2:00        Breakouts

B. Device World:  IDE, SR, NSR, HUD, Expanded Access; What does it all mean?
Faculty: Susie Hoffman, Mimi Riley

C. Tackling the Challenges of Ethnographic Research
Faculty:Bronwyn Blackwood, MPH, CIP, Lise Dobrin, PhD

2:15-3:15        Plenary: Laura Odwazny
Elizabeth Buchanan
IRB Procedures for Reviewing Research Involving the Internet and Social Media
Attendees are encouraged to submit questions on the registration form. 

3:15-3:30        Break: Afternoon Snack Provided

3:30-4:30        Breakouts

D. IRB Short Takes:  Expired Studies/Acting as an Agent of an Institution/ IRB Authorization Agreements
Faculty: Chuck Hite, Susie Hoffman, Michelle Stickler

E.  Ethnographic Research in the Digital Age
Faculty:Bronwyn Blackwood, Lise Dobrin

F.  FAQ for Small IRB’s
Facilitator:  Beverly Aurand
Faculty:  Monica Markowitz   
Attendees are encouraged to submit questions on the registration form. 

Keynote and Panels

Michael Zimmer PhD
Assistant Professor; School of Information “Studies; Co-Director, Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

With a background in new media and Internet studies, the philosophy of technology, and information ethics, Zimmer’s research focuses on the ethical dimensions of new media and information technologies, with particular interest in privacy, social media, internet research ethics, and value- conscious design. Zimmer received hi PHD in 2007 from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.  He was a Student Fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU Law from 2004-2007, and was the Microsoft Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School for 2007-2008.  Zimmer joined UW-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies in 2008.  Zimmer serves on numerous advisory boards in both academic and advocacy spheres, and has provided expert advice and consultation for projects at the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, Google, and Microsoft. 

Laura Odwazny JD MA
Senior Attorney, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Laura M. Odwazny, JD, is a senior attorney with the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Ms. Odwazny’s primary client is the Office for Human Research Protections, which interprets and enforces the HHS regulations that provide protections for human research subjects. Ms. Odwazny also currently advises the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the HHS Office on Women’s Health, and the HHS Office of Global Affairs. Throughout her 11 years with the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Odwazny has provided legal advice to various other agencies within HHS, including the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Program Support Center Division of Freedom of Information Act Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and the Office of Research Integrity. Prior to her employment with HHS, Ms. Odwazny served as a law clerk to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Ms. Odwazny is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School Of Law, and received a master’s in bioethics through the history and philosophy of science Department at the University of Pittsburgh.

Elizabeth Buchanan PhD
Endowed Chair in Ethics; Director, Center for Applied Ethics, University of Wisconsin Stout

Elizabeth Buchanan, MLIS, PhD, is endowed chair in ethics and director of the Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She has been involved in internet research ethics since the late 1990s, and is the editor of one of the first anthologies in the field, Readings in Virtual Research Ethics (2003). Her expertise lies in the intersections of applied philosophy, research ethics, and internet studies. She is the principle investigator of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project—the Internet Research Ethics Commons—and was the principle investigator to an earlier NSF-funded project which studied the review practices and procedures of U.S.-based institutional review boards (IRBs) and internet research. She was a fellow at the University of Oxford's E-Research Center in 2008-09, and has been a visiting lecturer at Hagenberg University in Austria since 2009, where she teaches on ethics and technology. She is now working on a project studying third party applications and terms of service agreements in relation to IRB review, as well as ethical issues in emergent forms of online research. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, and serves on the editorial boards of International Review of Information Ethics, and Philosophy and Technology.

Breakout Guests

Beverly Aurand PhD, MDiv, MSW, MEd, LMSW
Director of Field Instruction and Associate Professor, Social Work; Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia

Bronwyn Blackwood MPH, CIP
Director: IRB for Social and Behavioral Research, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Lise Dobrin  PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Chuck Hite  MA CIP
Director, Biomedical and Research Ethics, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia

Susie Hoffman RN BSN CIP
Director: IRB for Health Sciences Research, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

R. Kirk Jonas
IRB Chair, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

Monika Markowitz PhD, MA, MSN, RN, 
Director, Office of Research Compliance and Education, Virginia Commonwealth University; Richmond, Virginia

Mimi Riley JD
Professor, UVa School of Law
Chair of UVA's Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee and legal advisor to the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board

Michelle Stickler DEd.
Director, Office of Research Subjects Protection, Virginia Commonwealth University; Richmond, Virginia 

Carolyn Strong CIM
Research Coordinator, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia