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Diversity enables the IRB to effectively evaluate a wide range of research. The professional preparation of IRB members includes expertise in a wide range of medical and social research areas, familiarity with applicable regulations and laws and with relevant standards of professional conduct and practice, and knowledge of vulnerable or special populations such as children, prisoners, pregnant women, and disabled persons.
The committee strives for a balance of men and women, with representation from minority populations.
The following criteria apply to each of the review panels:
In selecting new members, the Director of the HRPP works with department heads and other University officials to seek candidates for nomination with consideration for maintaining the diversity and specialty requirements of the individual panels.
When an appropriate candidate is found, an invitation letter is sent requesting confirmation of intention to serve. The formal appointment of new members is made by the designated Institutional Official for Human Subject Protection.
Each member is appointed to a three-year renewable term.
With regard to potential legal action, IRB members are covered under the University Legal Defense and Indemnification of Employees policy which provides coverage for those University of Minnesota faculty and staff serving the University and also covers any non-affiliated member acting on behalf of the University.
This IRB does not provide rosters of individual committees, but provides a list of active members and provides a narrative description of our compliance with federal rules and regulations. See the list of members on the right of this page.
No IRB member participates (other than to provide requested information) in the initial or continuing review of any protocol in which they have a conflicting interest. This includes review of any material submitted over the course of the study or the duration of the member’s term.
Every effort is made to prevent new applications in which a member has an interest from being reviewed by that member’s panel. If time constraints or study content require that such a study be considered by the member’s panel, those members must recuse themselves from the deliberation, discussion, and vote on that study. Unless requested to remain in order to provide additional information, it is expected that the member leave the room until after the vote is taken.
Abstention from the vote is noted both in the minutes and in regular post-meeting correspondence to the investigator.
Conflicting interest includes, but is not limited to, the following:
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Members on the IRB act as surrogates and advocates for potential subjects in research at the University of Minnesota, Fairview Health Services and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Members attend meetings to discuss regulatory and ethical considerations surrounding proposed research. The homework preparation for the meetings can be significant, but results in substantive discussion at the meeting. Members forge a connection with the other members and are soon acting as a unit to understand, clarify, and improve the research enterprise. Members participate in analysis of the risk/benefit relationship before the meeting and during the discussion sessions.
Members are expected to prepare for and attend meetings. Each IRB meeting must have a quorum of members present in order for official meeting business to take place. Committee members should anticipate spending approximately six hours to review meeting materials. HRPP is currently using a modified electronic review process and is developing a new system. In addition, lunch is provided at committee meetings and parking is paid.
New committee members will be introduced to the principles of the Belmont Report, along with federal regulations pertaining to human subject protections. They will then learn to apply those principles and regulations within the review process. Members are also expected to participate actively in continuing education to assure continued excellence in the research review process. Despite the work burden, the overwhelming majority of presons serving on the IRB opt to extend their three-year terms. The work is rewarding. Come join this impressive group.
For more information contact:
Patrice Webster, Assistant Director
Human Research Protection Program
612-626-5941 | email@example.com
Cynthia McGill, Assistant Director
Human Research Protection Program
612-626-5827 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Institutional Review Board is composed of a dedicated group of volunteers from the University of Minnesota and its surrounding community. The committees possess a breadth of knowledge allowing them to review a large range of research projects. These members serve an important role in protecting the rights of research subjects.
Please note that all communication concerning submissions should be directed to Human Research Protection Program Office, and not directed to individual committee members.
Click on the title below to see the list of the current committee mebers. TIP: You can open and close the tab by clicking on the title.
|Andrew Allen, BA-HRPP|
|John H. Anderson, MD-Otolaryngology|
|Munson Benjamin, PhD-Speech Language Hearing|
|Susan Berry, MD-Pediatrics|
|Joanne Billings, MD-Medicine (Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care)|
|Barbara Burke, PhD-Humanities|
|Scott J. Crow, MD-Psychiatry|
|Alfred Dees, MBA-Retired|
|Richard Dinter, MD-Fairview Range Regional Health Services|
|Christina Dobrovolny, BA-HRPP|
|Judy Garza, MS-Allina Health System|
|Niki Gjere, PhD-Fairview|
|Robert Haight, PharmD-University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview, College of Pharmacy|
|Trudie Hughes, PhD-UMD Education|
|Elizabeth Hyduke-Kelm, JD-|
|Aaron Kelly, PhD-Pediatrics|
|Susan Kline, MD-University of Minnesota|
|Ascan Koerner, PhD-Communication Studies|
|Wilma Koutstaal, PhD-Psychology|
|Linda Krach, MD-Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, UMN-Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|Meg Little, MA-Pharmacy|
|Darlette Luke, BS-University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview|
|Margaret MacMillan, MD-Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplantation|
|Kim Marben, BSN-Gillette|
|Cynthia McGill, BS-HRPP|
|Kristen McMaster, PhD-Educational Psychology|
|Felicia Mroczkowski, BS-HRPP|
|Benjamin Munson, PhD-Speech Language Hearing Sciences|
|June Nobbe, MA-Office for Student Affairs|
|J. Michael Oakes, PhD-Epidemiology|
|Russell Pannier, JD-Retired, Wm. Mitchell College|
|Jeffery Perkey, MLS-HRPP|
|Leslie Pitt-Schneider, JD-Otto Bock HealthCare|
|Michael Potegal, PhD-Pediatrics|
|J. David Prince, JD-William Mitchell College of Law|
|Don Quick, PhD-Neurology|
|Joel Rudney, PhD-Dentistry|
|Ebony Ruhland, MA-Social Work|
|Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, MD-Pediatrics|
|Shalamar Sibley, MD-University of Minnesota|
|Angela Smith, MD-Pediatrics|
|Michael Steenson, JD-William Mitchell College of Law|
|Marie Steiner, MD-Pediatrics|
|Joyce Strand, PhD-Department of Education|
|Patrice Webster, BA-HRPP|
|Rachel Widome, PhD-VA Medical Center|
|Peter Wruck, BS-Educational Psychology|
|Mark Yeazel, MD-Family Medicine & Comm. Health|
|Jo-Anne Young, MD-Medicine|