February 2013 Regional Meeting


On February 11-13, 2013, PRIM&R offered two highly acclaimed educational programs: Institutional Review Board (IRB) Administrator 101 and IRB 250.  These programs were co-hosted by the University of California San Francisco and the University of California Berkeley. The program took place on the University of California Berkeley campus.

IRB Administrator 101
Monday, February 11, 2013: 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday, February 12, 2013: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

IRB Administrator 101 is a 1.5-day program, specifically geared toward both new administrators, those in need of a refresher, and anyone interested in learning more about IRB operations.  Two highly experienced faculty:

  • Identified the key components of human research protection programs (HRPPs)
  • Examined the primary responsibilities of administrators
  • Developed strategies and policies that will strengthen an institution’s HRPP

The faculty also highlighted key administrator tasks such as:

  • Advising principal investigators, research staff, IRB chairs 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

Learn more by viewing the agenda for IRB Administrator 101.


  • George Gasparais, CIP
  • Ada Sue Selwitz, MA

IRB 250
Wednesday, February 13, 2013: 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
IRB 250 is a full-day program designed for individuals seeking to deepen their understanding of and insight into core topics related to HRPPs. The curriculum includes an overview of the regulatory criteria for the review of research, as well as a detailed exploration of ethical and regulatory issues in three specific areas of research: Research with biological specimens, internet research, and international research.  This course also offered a series of relevant case studies.  Through lecture, case studies, and the sharing of best practices, IRB 250 provided attendees with an array of practical strategies for enhancing their institutions’ HRPP/IRB operations.
IRB 250 participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential were eligible to apply credits from IRB 250 toward CIP recertification. Participants may submit the Certificate of Attendance as documentation of participation. Participation in this program counts as 6.0 CE credit hours.

Learn more by viewing the agenda for IRB 250.


  • George Gasparais, CIP
  • Suzanne Rivera, PhD, MSW