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IRB Improves Review Times, iMedRIS Updated

In an effort to increase communication, transparency, and collaboration in the research community, the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) would like to share some short program updates.

Tammy LoyTammy Loy joined the HRPP as an IRB Compliance Specialist effective September 8. She comes to UT from PMG Research, a company that helps facilitate clinical research trials, where she worked as a clinical research coordinator. Loy will be instrumental in increasing the office’s capacity to provide support to researchers and improving efficiencies, including turnaround time of reviews.

The following graphs represent a great amount of effort on behalf of the HRPP and Institutional Review Board to improve turnaround times.

IRB Submissions by Month and Review TypeThis first graph highlights the number of submissions received over the last year (October 2014 – September 2015). On average, approximately 200 studies and associated requests have been submitted for review each month.

The second graph highlights the average review time per month. The IRB has reduced the review time for exempt and expedited submissions by at least 50% since this time last year.

Average IRB Turnaround Time by Month and Review TypeThese changes would not have been possible without the collaboration and responsiveness of the UT research community to requests and phone calls. The HRPP and IRB appreciate the collaborative process that has aided in the increase to the overall efficiency of the process.

Lastly, there have been recent enhancements to iMedRIS. An instructional document outlining these changes is posted online. In the document you will find information related to

  • Managing existing studies
  • PI response form tips, including the most efficient way to modify submitted documents
  • Routing submissions for approval

Additional resources may be found under the help button in iMedRIS or on the resource page: https://tiny.utk.edu/imedris-resources.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the members of the team provided in the table below.

 

IRB Leadership

 

Department

 

Address

 

Telephone

 

Email

Colleen Gilrane,

Chair

Theory & Practice in Teacher Ed

A223 Bailey Education

974-7697

irbchair@utk.edu

Marlys Staudt,

Vice Chair

Social Work

202 Henson Hall

974-7502

mstaudt@utk.edu

Tami H. Wyatt,

Vice Chair

Nursing

1200 Volunteer Blvd.

974-6804

twyatt@utk.edu

 

 

 

 

 

IRB / HRPP Staff

Department

Address

Telephone

Email

Kristine Hershberger

ORE

1534 White Avenue

974-7687

kh@utk.edu

Laura Moll

ORE

1534 White Avenue

974-7494

lmoll@utk.edu

Tammy Loy

ORE

1534 White Avenue

974-2457

tloy1@utk.edu  

Sara Mulville

ORE

1534 White Avenue

974-2314

smulvill@utk.edu  

DeAnna Parker

ORE

1534 White Avenue

974-2474

dparker4@utk.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Institutional Official

Department

Address

Telephone

Email

Robert Nobles

ORE

1534 White Avenue

974-3053

nobles@utk.edu

 

 

 

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