2016 Webinar: Making Good Meetings Happen for IACUCs and IRBs

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Whether you’re involved in the ethical oversight of research involving animals or human subjects, committee meetings are part of the job. Institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) and institutional review board (IRB) staff and chairs are tasked with ensuring that meetings run well and are conducted in accordance with federal regulations. Once you’ve learned the regulatory and operational requirements, how do you best facilitate a lively, efficient meeting? From managing conflict and keeping time, to encouraging member participation, administrators and chairs confront many interpersonal and organizational challenges during IACUC and IRB meetings. 

During this webinar, an experienced IACUC compliance specialist and an IRB chair shared best practices for meeting management. Through discussion of common IACUC and IRB meeting scenarios, speakers addressed the following topics:

  • Stimulating discussion when members are quiet, and staying on track when they’re not
  • Mediating conflict during protocol review
  • Preparing so that federal and institutional regulations are clear and understandable 
  • Avoiding meeting fatigue
  • Clarifying the roles of the administrator, chair, the unaffiliated/nonscientist, and other members in meetings

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, attendees were able to:

  • Employ strategies for running operationally efficient meetings
  • Understand interpersonal dynamics of meetings and how to manage differing personalities and opinions

Who should attend?

This intermediate-level webinar benefited animal care and use and human subjects protections staff and chairs who are tasked with organizing, running, and facilitating IACUC and IRB meetings, as well as individuals who regularly participate in meetings of any type. As a special offering for 2016 Membership Appreciation Month, this webinar will be offered at no cost to PRIM&R members.


Melissa FruminMelissa Frumin, MD, MS, 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.

Rachel MurrayRachel Murray, MS, CPIA, RLATG, has been an IACUC coordinator for the past six years. She currently works at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio where she is responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the IACUC office. Rachel’s job responsibilities include protocol processing, regulatory agency communication, semi-annual facility inspections, and IACUC meeting preparation and follow-up. Rachel enjoys working with principal investigators on the protocol submission and review process as well as performing in-person training sessions and assisting researchers with their questions or concerns. Rachel serves as a liaison between the research community and the IACUC and continuously strives to improve the institution’s processes and procedures.  

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