April 2010

Clarification on Role of Study Team Members

All study team members who conduct human subjects research must be listed on the IRB application and approved by the IRB before an individual may obtain consent or conduct study procedures. Please remember that submission of a change in research to add or delete study team members does not mean the individuals may start their research activities. Only when the change in research is approved by the IRB may they start to participate in the research. Study team members who have a research fellow appointment in the School of Medicine are restricted in the types of activities they may conduct. Research fellows may not administer any medication or drug, may not represent themselves as a physician or other caregiver, and may engage only in minimal risk research activities. Please see additional details by consulting the IRB website at http://irb.jhmi.edu/Guidelines/postdocpolicy.html.

Study team members who are nurses or licensed medical care providers may conduct research procedures that involve medical interventions or administration of drugs in research protocols. Study coordinators or other staff who are not nurses or licensed medical care providers are not permitted to administer drugs as part of research procedures. Finally, data analysts who have access to Personal Health Information (PHI) also need to be added to the study team and complete appropriate human subjects research training. If the PHI is removed from the data set, the data analysts or biostatistician does not need to be listed as a study team member. Please contact the Office of Human Subjects Research if you have any questions about the role of study team members or limitations on the activities study team members may perform.

Clarification on Changes in IRB-Approved Research Protocol

The DHHS and FDA regulations on human subjects research require that all changes in IRB-approved research must be reviewed and approved by the IRB before changes may be implemented. JHM policies state clearly the requirement to submit all changes in research for IRB review and approval prior to initiating a change. The IRB approval notices contain a reminder about this requirement. The only exception to this requirement is that an emergency change may be made without prior IRB review and approval if it is done to eliminate an apparent immediate hazard to a specific participant. Emergency changes to eliminate a hazard to a subject must be reported promptly to the IRB for review.


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April 2010 articles:
Clarification on Role of Study Team Members
Clarification on Changes in IRB-Approved Research Protocols
Seminar Series
Faculty Resources Site Now Open to All SOM Staff
Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee Updates
Department of Defense (DOD) Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)
Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Award Program, May 2010
Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)
Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)
W.W. Smith Charitable Trust - Cancer and AIDS Research Program for 2010
U.S. - Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Call for Proposals in Transformative Science
DOD Fiscal Year 2010 Autism Research Program (ARP)
NIH - Millennium Promise Awards: Non-communicable Chronic Diseases Research Training Program
eIS Conversion to COEUS Training
NIH Clarification on Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) Information
Recovery Act of 2009, Revised NIH Award Terms Available

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