February 2009 Regional Meeting


On February 3-5, 2009, PRIM&R offered three highly acclaimed educational programs: IRB 101sm, IRB Administrator 101, and Essentials of IACUC Administration. These courses were geared specifically to meet the educational needs of the IRB/HRPP and/or IACUC member, administrator, and staff.

IRB 101sm
Tuesday, February 3, 8:30 AM–4:00 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/HRPP members, administrators, clinical investigators, and research staff were taught:

  • 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

Faculty for IRB 101sm:

  • Susan Kornetsky, MPH, CIP
  • Paula Knudson, CIP

Download the IRB 101sm program.

IRB Administrator 101
Wednesday, February 4, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
Thursday, February 5, 8:30 AM–12:15 PM

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

  • 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 also 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

Faculty for IRB Administrator 101:

  • Susan Kornetsky, MPH, CIP
  • Ada Sue Selwitz, MA

Download the IRB Administrator 101 program

Essentials of IACUC Administration
Wednesday, February 4, 8:00 AM–5:30 PM
Thursday, February 5, 8:00 AM–12:45 PM

Essentials of IACUC Administration was a 1½ day program, which provided Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) administrators and support staff, as well as training and compliance personnel, with an overview of how to effectively manage an animal care and use program. This course:

  • Reviewed the key components of an integrated program
  • Examined the primary responsibilities of administrators
  • Discussed strategies for creating a culture that assures the humane care and use of animals while facilitating their use in research and teaching

Faculty for Essentials of IACUC Administration:

  • Molly Greene
  • Marky Pitts

Download the Essentials of IACUC Administration program.