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IRB Composition

  • For the 2013-2014 academic year, the IRB will be composed of volunteers from the 4 Colleges at WNMU with a volunteer coordinator.
Fall 2013 IRB Volunteers   Member Location
Administrator/Coordinator/Chair 1 Jennifer Coleman Silver City
Voting Faculty      
College of Arts and Sciences 2 Liza Kuecker Silver City
    Manda Jost Silver City
College of Business 2 Steve Chavez Silver City
    Miguel Vicens Silver City
College of Education 2 Debra Dirksen Silver City
    Scott Farver Gallup
    Tamara Gibson Silver City
College of Health and Human Services 2 Darryl Benally Gallup
    Damon Bullock Silver City
    Curtis Hayes Silver City
    Don Kallembach Online, Missouri
    Curtis Proctor Silver City
    Leslie Shurts Silver City
    April Wikstrom Online, Colorado
Community Member   TBD  
* Risk Management under VPBA will be asked to participate.
* Interested Staff are welcome to participate

  • All members will hold certification of completion for Protecting Human Research Participants.

    Members are required to receive human subjects training and have a certificate of completion on file with the IRB. Recertification is required every 3 years to address any changes in policy. Certification is free through the NIH online course:
    http://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php

  • The Chair will attain special credentials.

    In 1999, the Certification for Institutional Review Board (IRB) Professionals was created. It is intended for individuals overseeing the workings of an IRB. Because of changes to federal regulations and continual efforts to improve standards of excellence in research and ethics, someone overseeing the IRB should hold this certification. Recertification is required every 3 years.

  • Regarding community members:

    Community members come from a variety of backgrounds and are chosen for particular experience, knowledge, or relationship to the types of studies reviewed by the IRB. These members often are drawn from the community in which an institution resides. Former research subjects, patient advocates, teachers, nurses, members of vulnerable populations, retirees or experts in multicultural affairs may be sought for IRB service. From USC http://oprs.usc.edu/initiatives/irb-community-members/

  • The IRB will maintain regular communication with the Office of Institutional Research because timing of competing research projects on campus can impact response rates of university-wide assessment efforts (CLA exam, NSSE).



Excerpts from federal guidelines support our composition.

From http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.html#46.107

Code of Federal Regulations

TITLE 45: PUBLIC WELFARE

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

PART 46: PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS

 

46.107 IRB membership.

 (a) Each IRB shall have at least five members, with varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted by the institution. The IRB shall be sufficiently qualified through the experience and expertise of its members, and the diversity of the members, including consideration of race, gender, and cultural backgrounds and sensitivity to such issues as community attitudes, to promote respect for its advice and counsel in safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects. In addition to possessing the professional competence necessary to review specific research activities, the IRB shall be able to ascertain the acceptability of proposed research in terms of institutional commitments and regulations, applicable law, and standards of professional conduct and practice. The IRB shall therefore include persons knowledgeable in these areas. If an IRB regularly reviews research that involves a vulnerable category of subjects, such as children, prisoners, pregnant women, or handicapped or mentally disabled persons, consideration shall be given to the inclusion of one or more individuals who are knowledgeable about and experienced in working with these subjects.

 (b) Every nondiscriminatory effort will be made to ensure that no IRB consists entirely of men or entirely of women, including the institution's consideration of qualified persons of both sexes, so long as no selection is made to the IRB on the basis of gender. No IRB may consist entirely of members of one profession.

 (c) Each IRB shall include at least one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas and at least one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas.

 (d) Each IRB shall include at least one member who is not otherwise affiliated with the institution and who is not part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution.

 (e) No IRB may have a member participate in the IRB's initial or continuing review of any project in which the member has a conflicting interest, except to provide information requested by the IRB.

 (f) An IRB may, in its discretion, invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of issues which require expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB. These individuals may not vote with the IRB


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