In an effort to increase communication, transparency, and collaboration in the research community, the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) would like to share IRB data from last month and historical context for the information.
This first graph highlights the number of submissions received over the last year (November 2014-November 2015). A monthly average of 217 studies and associated requests has been submitted for that period. During the month of Novemberber 2015 the IRB received a total of 252 submissions.
The second graph, below, highlights the average review time per month. The IRB continues to strive to maximize the efficiency of review for full board, exempt and expedited categories. The average review turnaround time for all submissions during the month of November improved by more than two weeks—from 24 days in 2014 to 6 days in 2015—continuing the trend of significant reduction across all review types.
Holiday Schedule: Our office will close during the University of Tennessee’s winter holidays, Dec. 21-25, and again on Jan. 1, 2016. The office will be open on days the university is open. Please use our main phone line, 865-974-7697, and email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dec. 28-31 to ensure you are directed for immediate assistance since some staff members may be on vacation. Your submissions may not be processed as quickly as usual during the last couple weeks of December due to the university closure. We appreciate your patience and hope you have a wonderful winter break.
TIP of the month: Are you planning to submit an IRB application, but have questions or need some guidance? Schedule a consult with one of our team members. Our staff members are happy to answer your questions, discuss special topics that may impact your research, and help you to resolve issues that may otherwise delay approval of your research.
Contacts: If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact any of our team members.
|Main Office||Blount Hall, 1534 White Avenueemail@example.com|
|Sara Mulville||IRB Compliance Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tammy Loy||IRB Compliance Specialistemail@example.com|
|DeAnna Parker||Administrative Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kristine Hershberger||IRB Compliance Officer for CEHHS, CAD, COE, COL, CON and non-academic administrative email@example.com|
|Laura Moll||IRB Compliance Officer for CAS, CASNR, Business, CCI, CSW and CVMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robert Nobles||Office of Research & Engagementemail@example.com|
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