February 2006 Regional Meeting


PRIM&R sponsored a 2½ day program that was geared specifically to the educational needs of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) member, administrator, and staff. IRB Fundamentals was the fusion of two existing and highly acclaimed PRIM&R educational programs: IRB 101sm and IRB Administrator 101.

Registrants had the option to attend the entire course from February 6-8, or to select only one of the educational programs being offered.

IRB Fundamentals: IRB 101sm
Monday, February 6, 2006, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
IRB 101sm covered the ethics, history, and federal regulations related to the conduct of biomedical and social science research on human subjects. Through a series of lectures, interactive discussions, and case studies, IRB members, administrators, clinical investigators, and research staff learned:

  • How the federally mandated IRB system developed within the United States
  • The underlying ethical principles and procedures for reviewing research involving the protection of human subjects
  • The key components of the regulations which govern IRB operations

Download the IRB 101sm Program.

IRB Fundamentals: IRB Administrator 101
Tuesday, February 7, 2006, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

IRB Administrator 101 was a 1½ day program, specifically geared toward both new administrators and those in need of a “refresher” course. Taught by two highly experienced administrators in the field, IRB Administrator 101 included:

  • Identification of the key components of human research protection programs
  • Examination of the primary responsibilities of administrators
  • A review of the strategies and policies for developing and/or strengthening your institution’s human research protection program

IRB Administrator 101 highlighted key administrator tasks including:

  • Advising principal investigators, research staff, IRB chair and members, and institutional officials
  • Managing protocol review
  • Recordkeeping and reporting
  • Handling allegations and complaints
  • Developing policies and procedures
  • Managing staff and infrastructural needs
  • Serving liaison functions
  • Providing/overseeing education
  • Conducting quality improvement or assurance reviews
  • Coordinating "off-site" administrative agreements

Download the IRB Administrator 101 Program.


  • Susan Z. Kornetsky, MPH, CIP
  • Helen McGough, MA, CIP
  • Ernest D. Prentice, PhD