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Significant advances in the review of UMKC’s Human Subjects Research

December 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Administration, Divisions, Departments and Centers, Faculty, Life Sciences, Research, Support services, Technology

[The following was submitted by UMKC’s Office of Research and Economic Development.]

Advanced new software has been procured to enhance the submission and approval process for all UMKC investigators working with human subjects. This new software product is from Key Solutions, which will automate protocol application for online submission and accelerate the review and approval process. In addition to its time-saving benefits, the new software will eliminate application errors, thereby reducing compliance risks and enhancing the protection of research subjects.  Researchers will also be able to see just where their protocols are in the review process.

Software training for staff and investigators should begin during the second quarter of 2012, after the software has been fully customized and tested which is slated to be completed by March/April 2012.  Dates and times for training will be announced in the near future.

In spite of delays in obtaining access to this software, the UMKC Compliance Office has dramatically slashed the amount of time necessary for approval of Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols from around 60 days to less than 30. (Numbers reflect an average turn-around time based upon type of review; see http://ors.umkc.edu/docs/irb/irb-review-timelines-ii111D9D98EDE9.pdf).

Much of the credit for streamlining of this process goes to Chris Winders, the Director of Compliance at the Office of Research Services (ORS). Winders is supported by a professional staff, which includes Rebekah Barreth, Andrea Robinson, Crystal Turner, and Jodi Troup. Winders also acknowledges support from the Adult Health Sciences Institutional Review Board, chaired by Dr. Roger Sommi and the Social Sciences Institutional Review Board chaired by Dr. Mary O’Connor.

For an update on the work of the IRB, visit UMKC’s Office of Research and Development’s website. The website answers many FAQs about IRB, including

  • What is an Institutional Review Board?
  • What is The Fundamental Responsibility of the IRB?
    • Do I need to submit to the IRB?
    • Which IRB do I submit to?

The combined efforts of ORS and the Review Board have resulted in an institutional human subjects research program that is now meeting or exceeding the national norms for turnaround time for submissions to the IRB.

Mostly importantly, these combined and ongoing efforts are leading the way to ensuring that our program will gain accreditation within the next few years.

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