Single IRB Review: Lessons from the Real World

Reimagining your HRPP in the Single IRB Era

Long Beach, CA | June 3, 2019


A scenario-based workshop reviewing the challenges and opportunities related to research participant protections in the era of Single IRB review. The workshop will leverage real-world experiences to highlight the important ethical considerations for any organization involved in a reliant IRB review process. The workshop will address both the relying organization and reviewing IRB perspectives and highlight strategies for addressing the inherent challenges of protecting human subjects within a single IRB review process.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Review the roles and responsibilities of organizations and IRBs in protecting human subjects in research.
  • Identify key challenges in human subjects protections when the IRB role is placed outside of the organization.
  • Discuss real world solutions to maintain the ethical conduct of research and appropriate protections for human subjects using a single IRB model of review.
  • Identify initiatives and strategies to translate ethical oversight and protections into day-to-day operations of both relying organizations and reviewing IRBs.


Nichelle-CobbNichelle Cobb, PhD serves as the director of the health sciences Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked with IRBs since 1999. She serves as the director of SMART IRB Operations and is one of the Midwest Regional Ambassadors for SMART IRB, an initiative sponsored by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) to create a master IRB authorization agreement and support single IRB review. In addition, she has been part of several groups working on issues surrounding single IRB review. In the non-sIRB realm, one of her current projects is working on a team to develop an approach to electronic informed consent that better leverages the possibilities IT offers, especially in terms of visual presentation of information. Nichelle acts as a site visitor for AAHRPP and is a member of PRIM&R’s 2019 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference Workshop/Didactic Subcommittee.

Jeremy CrosmoJeremy J. Corsmo, MPH, CHRC, CIP leads Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s (CCH) institutional programs related to the regulatory and compliance aspects of research. This principally includes CCH’s human research protection program, animal care and use in research program, research laboratory safety program, research compliance program, research education and training programs and conflict of interest program. Jeremy completed his undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech in biology and his graduate degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where his current research focuses on novel methods to evaluate and improve young adult and adolescent research participants’ understanding of critical elements of the research consenting process. Prior to joining CCH, Jeremy held regulatory/compliance positions in the pharmaceutical industry as well as with a commercial IRB.

Martha F JonesMartha F. Jones, MA, CIP is executive director of the Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). Nationally, Ms. Jones is a member of the PRIM&R Board of Directors, the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) Research and Regulatory Reform Subcommittee, the SMART IRB Harmonization Steering Committee, and co-leads the National Comprehensive Cancer Centers (NCCN) IRB Directors group. She is Vice Chair of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAAHRP) Council, and a site visit team leader. In 2017, Ms. Jones received the AAHRPP Distinguished Team Leader Award. At WUSTL, Ms. Jones serves as a member of the IRB, the Data Policy Committee, the CTSA Clinical Trials Task Force, the EPIC implementation team, the OnCore Steering Committee, and the Research Administration IT Governance Group. Ms. Jones co-developed the IRB data management system, "myIRB," which is currently used at The University of Iowa and WUSTL, and continues to lead the WUSTL IT development team. She has a background in clinical research ethics, epidemiology, biostatistics, speech pathology, audiology, public health, and the coordination of multicenter research studies.

Pearl ORourke Webinar P. Pearl O’Rourke, MD is the director of human research affairs at Partners HealthCare System, Inc., in Boston, MA, and an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is responsible for the systems that support the regulatory and ethical oversight of human research and human embryonic stem cell research. Dr. O’Rourke’s career began as a pediatric critical care physician at Children's Hospital Boston, and then at Children's Hospital, University of Washington, as director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She did clinical research in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, liquid ventilation, high frequency ventilation, and pediatric resuscitation. Following a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellowship working for Senator Edward Kennedy from 1997 to 2000, she was the deputy director of the Office of Science Policy in the Office of the Director at the NIH, where she worked on issues such as privacy, gene therapy (transfer) embryonic stem cells, and genetic discrimination. Dr. O’Rourke is the ex-chairman and a former member of PRIM&R’s Board of Directors, and she was a member of the AER18 Core Conference Planning Committee.

Megan Kasimatis SingletonMegan Kasimatis Singleton, JD, MBE, CIP is assistant dean for human research protection and director of the Human Research Protection Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHM). In this role she is responsible for oversight and direction of JHM’s seven IRBs. Ms. Singleton is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania. She earned her law degree from Temple University and her Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her current role in leading the Johns Hopkins Medicine HRPP, she serves as the director of central IRB (CIRB) activities for the Johns Hopkins/Tufts Trial Innovation Center (TIC), leading the charge for innovations in operationalizing single IRB (sIRB) review. She is also heavily engaged in national efforts to streamline the implementation of sIRB review processes including as a member of the Federal Demonstration Partnership taskforce on sIRB review and as a member of the SMART IRB Harmonization Steering Committee. Ms. Singleton is the co-chair of PRIM&R’s Advancing Ethical Research Conference Workshop/Didactic Subcommittee, is an AAHRPP, Inc. site visitor, and is a member of the Steering Committee for AEREO, a consortium designed to advance effective research ethics oversight through empirical research.

Elyse I. Summers, JD (Panelist)
President and CEO
Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protections Programs (AAHRPP), Inc.


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Single IRB Review: Lessons from the Real World REGULAR
(2/28/19 - 5/2/19)
(5/3/19 - 6/3/19)
PRIM&R Member* $345 $395
Nonmember $544 $594
Registration + PRIM&R Membership $544 $594

*On May 2, 2019, the regular rates end at 11:59 PM ET; late rates go into effect at 12:00 AM ET on May 3, 2019 and end on June 3, 2019. Registration will close once we reach course room capacity.


PRIM&R welcomes attendees of the Single IRB Review: Lessons from the Real World to Long Beach, CA! This workshop will take place at the Westin Long Beach Hotel. Click on the links below for more information on the local area:

Airport Transportation

Karmel Shuttle Service is offering a special discount for attendees of this workshop. Please book your roundtrip reservations directly with them.

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Westin Long Beach Hotel

333 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802
Tel: 1.562.436.3000

Rates (available until May 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST or until sold out):
Single/Double Occupancy $229 + tax
US Federal Government rate (must show valid Federal Government or Military ID at check-in) $180 + tax

Reservations: Registrants are required to make and pay for their hotel reservations.

  • Book online
  • Call 562.436.3000 and reference the PRIM&R Single IRBs workshop (for per diem rooms, note that you need that room rate within the PRIM&R Single IRBs workshop block)

Guest Internet: Free wireless internet is available in all guestrooms and in the workshop meeting space.

Hotel Billing and Cancellation Policies: A credit card is required to hold each guest's reservation. Such guarantee shall serve to confirm the reservation for the dates indicated.

Any reservation that is not cancelled at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival will be charged one night room and tax. All cancellations must obtain a cancellation number.

Deposits are refundable for cancellations occurring seventy-two (72) hours days prior to arrival.

Certificates of Attendance and Continuing Education Credit

The certificate of attendance for Single IRB Review: Lessons from the Real World will be available upon completion of the course evaluation. Such certificates are useful for obtaining continuing education (CE) credits (not continuing medical education credit) from professional associations. Note that guidelines around CE credits may differ, and you should consult the appropriate professional association representative for further guidance. A link to the evaluation will be emailed to you after the program adjourns.

Single IRB Review: Lessons from the Real World is eligible for up to 7.5 continuing education credit hours.

CE Credit for Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) Recertification

Single IRB Review: Lessons from the Real World participants holding the CIP® credential who wish to apply the 7.5 credits from this program toward CIP® recertification may submit the certificate of attendance they received upon completing the online evaluation as documentation of their participation.

For recertification by CE, CIPs must complete 30 documented hours of continuing education. At least 15 of the 30 hours must either carry credits issued by a recognized accrediting body or have received advanced recognition from the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals (CCIP). Credits from this offering of Single IRB Review: Lessons from the Real World have received such advance recognition, and may be counted towards these 15 hours. Additional information about CIP recertification.

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