IRB Conferences, Education & Orientation

All RBHS faculty, students, and other individuals involved in human subjects research are welcome to attend any of our upcoming IRB events and education sessions. Please continue to monitor this page for upcoming events.

Conferences and Events


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eIRB Training Sessions:

eIRB is the new web-based application routing and tracking system. The system will increase the efficiency of the approval and administrative processes for projects and protocols involving human subjects in research. It is designed to replace the cumbersome and paper-intensive process under which applicants currently apply for IRB approval of study proposals. eIRB has been developed to standardize and computerize the Rutgers Health Sciences Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).

Training dates are available here.


A number of governmental, proprietary and non-profit organizations provide webinars relevant to human subjects' research on compliance and ethics. We post them here as a convenience to the research community. Some webinars are fee-based or require membership; other webinars are complimentary to the general public. Webinars that are offered with complimentary viewing are usually archived at the various organizations' websites and accessible for viewing on-demand. Some sites that regularly archive webinars for on-demand viewing include: NIH, WIRB-Copernicus Group, Quorum Review IRB, and Forte Research Systems. You are welcome to access those sites directly for additional educational resources.

Please note that we do not control the content of the webinars offered and, therefore, cannot attest to the accuracy of the information they provide.

"Big Data and the IRB" Webinar

Presented by Boston University School of Medicine

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Friday, October 24, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This webinar can only be viewed at the following locations:

School of Dental Medicine, 110 Bergen St., Lecture Hall B-721
Clinical Academic Building, 125 Paterson St., Conference Room 3404

Registration not required
No continuing education credit awarded for this session

For additional information: Shelia Evans

Anticipate and Communicate for IRBs: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings

Presented by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the webinar will focus on the Bioethics Commission’s recommendations for ethically managing the incidental and secondary findings that arise in research. This intermediate-level webinar will be of interest to IRB chairs, members, administrators, and IRB staff. Much of the information presented will be of interest to researchers who conduct human subjects research.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
1:00p – 2:30p EST

The webinar is offered free of charge but you will need to register for the webinar in order to receive the login information.

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Early Access to Investigational Drugs: Lessons from Ebola

Presented by WIRB-Copernicus Group, the webinar reviews the regulatory framework that governs the use of investigational drugs outside clinical trials (formerly called 'compassionate use'), and discusses the ethical challenges of these complicated situations using the events surrounding the Ebola outbreak in Africa as a backdrop for the conversation.

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

The webinar is offered free of charge but you must register in order to receive the login information.

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Webinar on Ethical Issues in Personalized Genomic Medicine

The Hastings Center, the American Medical Association (AMA), and the PBS award-winning science series NOVA recently partnered to produce a webinar on personalized genomic medicine and the ethical issues it raises.

The webinar draws on Hastings' co-production with NOVA, Cracking Your Genetic Code, a one-hour documentary that received major funding from the National Institutes of Health. It aired on March 28, 2012, and was seen by 3.5 million viewers. The show examined ethical issues raised by personalized genomic medicine such as genetic determinism, privacy, understanding risk, and "designer babies."
The recorded webinar is available free online. Please feel free to share this link with your colleagues.
The PowerPoint presentation from the webinar can be downloaded here.

Presenters include Dr. Sandra Fryhofer, chair of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health; Rachel Connolly, Director of Education at NOVA; and Mary Crowley, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at The Hastings Center.


Date Event
7/24/2014 Guidance on Reporting Incidents to OHRP

Do the Right Thing: Unique Ethical Issues in Oncology Research


Research Using EHR and Medicaid Claims Data: Methodological Challenges and Policy-Relevant Analysis


Conducting Internet Research: Challenges and Strategies for IRBs


Bench to Bedside: An Overview of Biosafety from discovery to Therapeutic application


Implementing Bioethics Education Across the Disciplines


Understanding the Research Participant's Experience: Outcome Measures to Improve Clinical Research


Biobanking & Future Research: Addressing the "Unknown" in the Protocol and Consent


2014 Rare Disease Day

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Best Practices for Assessing Risk in Social and Behavioral Research

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“ What You Need to Know to be in Compliance with Mandatory Reporting of Your Clinical Trial Results

Event Details:  


  1. Learn the new and easy process to access the registration website on the Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) website
  2. Review the language and definitions that are required in
  3. Observe our contact in HSPP navigate the website and answer questions you may have to stay in compliance

Paula Bistak, Executive Director, Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP), Office of Research Regulatory Affairs (ORRA)
Cheryl Forst, Director, Human Subjects Protection Analysts, HSPP, ORRA
Rebecca Chen, Human Subjects Protection Analyst, HSPP, ORRA

01/30/2014 "Investigator-Initiated Device Studies: How IRBs Can Help with the FDA"
10/24.2013 "Protecting Human Subjects in Qualitative Research: Ethical Considerations for IRBs and Researchers"
03/4/2013 Rutgers Bioethics Symposium:
Face Reality - Ethical Challenge of Face Transplantation

Webinar Ensuring Equal Access to Cancer Research: What Does Informed Consent Look Like in a Health Literate Organization?


IRB Boards and Qualitative Research: Insider Guidance for IRB Forms, Informed Consent


Presentation Handout: Insider Guidance for IRB Forms, Informed Consent
Bonus Handout #1 Relevant Federal IRB Regulations
Bonus Handout #2 Informed Consent
Bonus Handout #3 IRB Examples
Bonus Handout #4 Ethics, Confidentiality and Informed Consent
Bonus Handout #5 G W Forms and Examples

11/13/2012 Bioethics Café
10/18/2012 Research Involving "Edge" Populations:
Ethical and Regulatory Considerations


Basics of Informed Consent (Part 1)
03/15/2012 Ethical Internet Research: Informed Consent Regulations and Realities
03/14/2012 Humanism Day: The role of Medical Humanism in Clinical Research
12/21/2011 Understanding the Various Types of IRB Review:
Non-Human Subject, Exempt, Expedited, Facilitated,
Full Board, and Quality Assurance
- Piscataway
11/17/2011 Understanding the Various Types of IRB Review:
Non-Human Subject, Exempt, Expedited, Facilitated,
Full Board, and Quality Assurance
- Stratford
11/1/2011 Understanding the Various Types of IRB Review:
Non-Human Subject, Exempt, Expedited, Facilitated,
Full Board, and Quality Assurance
- New Brunswick
10/26/2011 Webinar: How to survive an FDA Inspection
10/7/2011 Understanding the Various Types of IRB Review:
Non-Human Subject, Exempt, Expedited, Facilitated,
Full Board, and Quality Assurance
- Newark
04/14/2011 "Ask the IRB Informational Sessions" - Stratford Campus
04/5/2011 "Biobanking Basics: An Overview of Current Legal and Compliance Issues Related to Human Specimens Collected in Reseach"
03/30/2011 "Ask the IRB Informational Sessions" - Newark Campus
03/29/2011 "Ask the IRB Informational Sessions" - Piscataway
03/18/2011 "Ask the IRB Informational Sessions" - New Brunswick Campus
02/15/2011 "Form 483 and Warning Letter Responses: Critical Component of the FDA's Evolving "Get Tough" Enforcement"
Nov. 20, Dec. 7 & Dec. 10, 2009 Investigators’ Responsibilities for Protecting the Rights, Safety and Welfare of Study Subjects
Read FDA Final Guidance (10/2009)
Dec 2 - 18, 2008 Understanding the New Surrogate Consent Process
NJ Statute: Access to Medical Reseach Act
Sept 17 - 19, 2008 Privacy, Confidentiality and Data Security in Research
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Hot Topics in Human Subject Research:


Device Workshop


Social, Behavioral & Epidemiologic Research (Stratford Campus)

8/22/2007 New IRB Application and Forms - New Brunswick
7/30/2007 New IRB Application and Forms - Piscataway
7/24/2007 New IRB Application and Forms - Newark
7/19/2007 New IRB Application and Forms - Stratford
7/12/2007 New IRB Application and Forms - New Brunswick

Social, Behavioral & Epidemiologic Research

3/13/2007 Annual IRB Retreat
Tissue and Data Repositories: Issues & IRB Concerns