Institutional Review Board (IRB)
What is the Institutional Review Board (IRB)?
The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) IRB was established to ensure the protection of all human subjects in research projects conducted by anyone on the premises of:
- Nebraska Medicine
- Children's Hospital & Medical Center (CH&MC)
- University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO)
In addition, the IRB has oversight for all research that is conducted elsewhere by faculty, students, staff, or other representatives of these institutions.
The IRB also serves to facilitate valuable human subject research, as well as protect the investigator and the institutions through a comprehensive review process. All human subject research projects must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to initiation and then conducted in full compliance with the federal regulations and institutional policies.
Federalwide Assurance (FWA) # 00002939
Effective through August 8, 2021
UNO IRB Representatives
- Dr. Joseph Brown, Psychology (Member & Vice Chair IRB-01 and IRB-02; Pediatric IRB Alternate Member)
- Dr. Brigette Ryalls, Psychology (Pediatric IRB Member)
- Dr. Lisa Sample, Criminology & Criminal Justice (Member IRB-01, Alternate IRB-02)
- Dr. Danae Dinkel, School of Health & Kinesiology
- Bob Houston, Criminology & Criminal Justice
Required Training in Protection of Human Research Subjects
The Institution, which includes UNMC, The Nebraska Medical Center and UNO, requires all investigators, study personnel, and protocol coordinators, including student researchers, engaged in human subjects research to undergo training in the protection of human subjects utilizing the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI). IRB will review an application but is not authorized to approve the project until all key personnel are trained and certified.
When you are ready to proceed with the Mandatory Training Program, please register at the CITI website.
IRB Education Sessions
The IRB Education Series provides a great way for faculty, staff and students who are involved or interested in human subject research to understand and navigate the IRB process.
Scheduled Training Dates:
- March 27th at 1pm, in MBSC 224 – Register here
The hour and a half will be spent learning about:
- The basics of IRB (history, ethics, and a little regulation)
- Important details about the way our IRB works
- Demystifying the Review Process
- Intro to RSS
Please email Abbey Lowe at email@example.com to schedule your own department training.
Consent Form Readability Standards Announcement
In response to Common Rule requirements, beginning October 31, 2019, consent forms must satisfy minimum readability standards; specifically, the Flesch Kincaid reading level and Flesch Reading Ease. Please see more about readability standards and how to get started or contact the Office of Research and Creative Activity.