IRB: Reviewer Training
Training Steps for New IRB Reviewers
The SJSU IRB has an expedited review process for minimal risk research in which a single IRB reviewer evaluates a research protocol to determine whether the protection of human subjects in research has been ensured. Full review by all committee members can be selected when needed by the individual reviewer or when the research is greater than minimal risk. To begin reviewing IRB protocols:
Notify the IRB coordinator and the current IRB chair (see contact info below) that you have been appointed to serve on the IRB. The IRB coordinator will provide you with a training packet that outlines the responsibilities of IRB members and contains samples of previously reviewed protocols and instructions for protocol review.
Complete the mandatory online training course for IRB reviewers through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). After creating and account with CITI using your SJSU email address, select San Jose State University Courses. Click on "add a course or update learner groups." Go to question #2 and select "IRB Members." Once you have completed the training, email a pdf copy of your transcript report to the IRB coordinator.
Review IRB procedures, forms, and related materials on this website.
Reviewer Availability and IRB Meetings
Communicate your availability to the IRB coordinator; if you will be out of town for a longer period of time, please notify the coordinator, so that protocols are not sent to you. Keep in mind that extended periods of unavailability result in other reviewers having to take more protocols. Reviewers are expected to return protocols that they have reviewed to the IRB coordinator within a couple of weeks or sooner.
IRB meetings are usually held once a month. The meeting schedule and location will be determined by the IRB chair at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. A reminder email will be sent out prior to the meeting. Please be sure to check your email in case a meeting is canceled.
IRB Meeting Schedule - Spring 2015
The IRB will meet from 9:30 - 10:30am in SH 332 on the following dates:
February 6, 2015
March 6, 2015
April 10, 2015
May 1, 2015
IRB Contact and Membership Information
Office of Research, 0025
Administration Building, Room 223A
Dr. Maureen Smith
IRB Chair and Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development
Dr. Pamela Stacks
Institutional Officer and Associate Vice President of the Office of Research
Current IRB members: Committee membership information is posted and updated on the Academic Senate website.
In addition to having thorough knowledge of SJSU policy for protection of human research subjects, IRB reviewers are expected to be familiar with the corresponding federal regulations posted on the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) website.