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January Listserv Announcement

Friday, January 13, 2017

Welcome New IRB Chair and Vice Chair

The OVPR and Office of the IRB are pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Mermier, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Exercise & Sports Science, as new Chair of the UNM IRB.  Dr. Mermier is very knowledgeable with regard to federal regulations and has a demonstrated commitment to the ethical conduct of human research, not only through service on the UNM IRB and HRRC but also as Principal Investigator and faculty mentor on many human research studies.

We are also pleased to announcement the appointment of Claudia Isaac, PhD, Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning, as Vice Chair of the UNM IRB.  Dr. Isaac was chosen based on her many years of experience serving as an IRB member and her thoughtful consideration of the issues involved in the conduct of human research.

Dr. Scott Tonigan has retired from the UNM IRB after almost 20 years of service.  We thank Dr. Tonigan for his leadership, wisdom and diligence with regard to the protection of research participants.  He will truly be missed!

Conflict of Interest

The OIRB is working closely with the Conflict of Interest (COI) Office to create processes to ensure efficient, compliant review of disclosures related to the conduct of human research.  Please be aware that any IRB project team member that has been issued a COI management plan or a COI decision memo with stipulations must submit a copy of that documentation to the IRB, either upon receipt of that documentation or at the time of a subsequent submission (such as a continuing review).

Expiration of IRB Approval

The UNM IRB has recently revised its policy regarding Expiration of IRB Approval.  Please review and contact our office with any questions.  Also be reminded that the Faculty Advisor/PI of Record can submit closure paperwork for completed student research projects.  It is the responsibility of the PI to ensure that human research studies are properly closed with the IRB.

Educational Workshops

The OIRB spring educational workshop series have been scheduled.  These workshops cover different topics that relate to IRB submission and review.  All workshops are held in the OIRB Conference Room at 1805 Sigma Chi Rd.

IRB Regulations     Feb. 6th 10-11am and April 3rd 2-3pm  Applying federal regulations to your research

IRB Elements    Feb. 13th 10-11am and April 10th 2-3pm    Forms and documents needed for an IRB submission

IRBNet   Feb. 20th 10-11am and April 17th 2-3pm   Navigating the IRBNet submission website

IRB Protocol & Consent   Feb. 27th 10-11am and April 24th 2-3pm    Writing the perfect protocol and consent form

Space is limited so reserve your space today by emailing us at and include which workshops you would like to attend!

Thank you and have a wonderful 2017!