2012 Webinar: A Roadmap to Success for New IRB Chairs

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Learning to run an institutional review board (IRB) is no easy task, so PRIM&R put together a team of current IRB members to give our viewers the tools needed for success. From relevant Federal agencies and regulations, to the day-to-day operational how-tos, this webinar left no stone unturned.

The goal of this webinar was to provide new IRB chairs with the essential information they need to review protocols, run IRB meetings, and work successfully with their IRB staff.

The following topics were addressed during this program:

  • The relevant Federal agencies and their functions: FDA, OHRP, and Office of Civil Rights.
  • Guidances, regulations, and proposed and impending changes (ANPRM).
  • The ABCs of IRBs: Commonly utilized terms, acronyms, and regulatory vocabulary.
  • Basic operational how-tos of running an IRB meeting, including managing conflicts and communicating with administrators.
  • Support beyond your institution: Networking with other IRB chairs and exploring mentoring opportunities.


This webinar was of interest to those individuals who have recently assumed the post of IRB chair.


Melissa Epstein, PhD, CIP
Melissa Epstein has a PhD in linguistics from UCLA and conducted her doctoral dissertation on vocal cord vibration patterns in English. She had further training as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland Dental School studying three dimensional modeling of tongue motion during speech.  After her postdoc, Melissa pursued a career in research administration and human subjects protection. In 2009 she obtained a certificate in bioethics from the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics. She is currently pursuing a masters in bioethics from the center and works for the recently combined Montefiore and Einstein IRBs.

Melissa Frumin, MD, MS
Melissa Frumin is an IRB chair at Partners HealthCare (Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital). She chairs an IRB panel that reviews new protocols as well as working administratively at the IRB office reviewing amendments and adverse events, and investigating non-compliance issues. In her clinical work, Dr. Frumin is a neuropsychiatrist in the division of cognitive and behavioral neurology, department of neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She specializes in evaluating and treating the psychiatric sequelae of multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dementia, mental retardation, and other neurological disorders.