Lil Larson has resigned as the Director of the ED/SBS IRB. Our office is very sad that she is gone and express our heartfelt thanks for her abundant expertise and guidance she has provided not only to the IRB staff but to the campus as a whole. Casey Pellien, who has been an Assistant Director of the ED/SBS IRB Office for over five years, will be stepping in as Interim Director.
As of August 1st, the ED/SBS IRB is being run by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE). Although we are now administratively managed by OVCRGE, the location of the IRB office will not be changing.
New IRB Staff for the New Year!
Laura Conger recently joined us in November as an Assistant Director. Previously with the University of Minnesota IRB, she has over six years of experience assisting study teams for both clinical and social science research. Laura’s areas of expertise include collaborative research Management and regulatory compliance. Also a previous researcher in the social sciences herself, Laura is passionate about bringing her IRB expertise to UW-Madison’s ED/SBS research community.
Stephanie Wilson, a native of Madison, joined us in November as an Assistant Director as well. She comes to us as a study coordinator from the health sciences, with experience in research project management and interaction with research participants. Stephanie is excited to be learning about education, social and behavioral research and to apply her previous experience in research to her new regulatory role.
Please feel free to contact any of our staff, including Laura or Steph, with questions about the IRB or review of research. Our contact information may be found here.
IRB Office Update
The ED/SBS office is going to be extremely short-staffed for the next couple of months. Please plan accordingly. While we will attempt to get through all submissions/re-submissions within our standard 7 to 10 day timeline—it’s unlikely we will be able to meet that timeline at peak times.
As announced previously, Lori Pendleton, long-time Project Assistant in the ED/SBS office retired at the end of October and has happily settled in sunny Florida. We are in the process of negotiating the PVL to fill Lori’s position.
Also previously announced, Assistant Director Lee Alliet is on maternity leave following the birth of her second child, Nora.
… and Assistant Director Jeff Nytes has accepted a position with RSP. Jeff will assume his new job on Monday November 17th.
We hope to fill Jeff’s position immediately, and also look forward to Lee’s return from her leave. In the meantime, as noted above—plan ahead!
New ED/SBS IRB Researcher Portal on KB
The ED/SBS IRB office has moved, updated, and expanded materials, guidance, and other information to a new KB site. The material is much easier to search and navigate, and allows for users to suggest updates and new pages. Check out the new KB site here! The site is also accessible from the tab above.
Did you know the ED/SBS IRB office publishes a periodic newsletter? Check out the latest IRB Insider, including:
- Common misconceptions about the IRB;
- Updates to the ARROW system;
- Outreach sessions for spring;
- Using Box.com for research data;
- And more!
Updates to ARROW system
The IRB offices and Graduate School IT have been working together for several months to find ways to improve ARROW’s performance. A key factor in improving ARROW’s speed is moving the system to new servers.
To allow this server switch to occur, ARROW will be unavailable from:
October 2nd at 6 p.m. to October 3rd at 12 p.m.
Please do not try logging into ARROW during this time. An email will be sent to study teams on October 3rd confirming when the system is back online. We apologize for the inconvenience this outage may cause. We look forward to the improved performance that the new servers will bring to ARROW and thank everyone for their patience.
CITI Program Updates
The University of Miami will be updating the CITI Program interface and UW-Madison users will be unable to access CITI for several days beginning Monday, July 29. During this time, UW-Madison users will be unable to complete CITI courses, including human subjects research, stem cell, and effort reporting training.
Any courses completed prior to 6:00 AM on Monday, July 29 should be visible to UW-Madison administrators and within the Grad School Data Lookup (https://my.gradsch.wisc.edu/lookups/citi/trainingStatus.html). Failure to complete CITI courses prior to this time may result in delays to the IRB review process, including submission for SBS/ED IRB applications.
For assistance, please use the below contact info.
For general questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about Effort Reporting Training: email@example.com
For questions about Human Subjects Training and IRB submissions:
Health Sciences IRBs firstname.lastname@example.org
Education & Social Behavioral IRBs email@example.com
For questions about Stem Cell Training: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates to ARROW system
There are updates being made to several projects (IRBs and IACUC) on the ARROW system which will be complete by May 1, 2013. Please watch for the May IRB Insider for more details on the changes made to the ED/SBS IRB application.
Due to these updates the ARROW system is scheduled to be down during the following times:
Sunday, April 21 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, April 29 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.