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IRB Paper Study Conversion Reminder

October 15, 2010

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to Johns Hopkins Hospital, School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center faculty and staff to follow up on the requirement to convert “paper” studies (those submitted to the JHM-IRB on paper forms) to an eIRB application. Last September, I sent a broadcast announcement to advise investigators that the JHM IRB will stop accepting paper continuing reviews or changes in research on Jan. 1, 2011. At that time, there were 692 paper studies. Today, 263 remain.

If you are the PI on one of these paper studies and plan to continue the research, please convert your application to an eIRB application. Instructions and guidance are available throughout the application or by calling the eIRB help desk at 410-502-2092. For studies in data analysis only, you will be guided through an abbreviated version of the application. For studies that are still enrolling or in follow-up, you will need to complete the full application. Please note that changes to the application should not be made during this conversion process and that this process does not apply to studies approved by WIRB.  


Daniel E. Ford, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation