April 1, 2021, the re-organization of the human research protection program compliance under the auspices of the Office of Research Compliance (ORC) within the OVCRGE will be completed. This began with the transition of the ED/SBS IRB office to the ORC in 2017, RELIANT and the HSIRBs in 2019 and culminates with the creation of a single IRB office in 2021.


  • The reliance and navigation team (RELIANT), led by Carol Pech, Associate Director of the ORC, supports investigators engaged in multi-site and collaborative human research, including working with other sites on single IRB arrangements. RELIANT will also be assisting researchers in navigating institutional requirements for human research that stand apart from the IRB approval process.
  • The RELIANT team:  Michael Bingham, Kendall Holley, and Brandy Stoffel. Contact at irbreliance@wisc.edu.

IRB office re-organization:

  • Gretchen Anding will oversee all IRB operations as the new IRB Director.
  • MRR Team
    • To provide more uniform support to all the minimal risk research, staff from the current ED/SBS IRB office will join with some staff from the current HSIRBs office to form a new minimal risk research (MRR) team. This team will review and support committee review of all minimal risk research, including educational, social, behavioral, medical records review, and minimal biomedical interventional research.
      • Leadership- Assistant Director, Casey Pellien and team lead, Monica Esquibel.
      • Team members: Laura Conger, Sherry Holcomb, Olyvia Kuchta, Jackie Lee, Anna Martin, and Stephanie Wilson
  • HS Team
    • The HSIRB team will provide support for all the more than minimal risk biomedical research, including all clinical trials and research, FDA regulated research, and emergency use applications. This team will also review all VA research, regardless of risk level.
      • Leadership- Assistant Director, Catherine Rogers and team lead, Becky Hoffman.
      • Team members: John Cejka, Jennifer Fenne, Kendall Holley, Jessie Johnson, Steph Metzger, and Joscelyn Stangel
  • General Office Support:
    • Rob Whitehead: IRB submissions and office IT support
    • Hannah Rickey: IRB office manager- committee, financial, HR operational support

Contact information will remain the same during the transition. Please direct leadership questions to IRBDIRECTOR@hsirb.wisc.edu, protocol specific questions to the staff reviewer assigned to your study, and general IRB questions to asktheirb@hsirb.wisc.edu.