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July Listserv Announcement

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Researcher Response to Pre-Review

OIRB staff conduct a preliminary review of all new submissions to the IRB.  If it is determined that the submission is incomplete or requires additional information prior to IRB review, an email message is sent via IRBNet to the PI (and anyone shared on the IRBNet package) – this is called a “request for clarifications”. Currently, our procedures allow 45 days for the research team to respond to the request for clarifications.  In the months of May and June, 15 submission packages were withdrawn from review due to lack of response from researchers.  In order to increase staff efficiencies, keep submissions moving through the review pipeline and reduce turnaround times, we will be changing this to a 30 day response requirement beginning in the fall semester.  Submission packages that are withdrawn from review must be resubmitted as new packages in order to be processed for IRB review.  Turnaround times by review level, broken out by review phase, can be viewed on the website at:

New Guidance for Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

As part of our efforts to provide helpful guidance to the research community, the OIRB has published a new guidance on CBPR.  This guidance provides considerations when submitting a CBPR project for IRB review including descriptions of the community’s role in planning, conducting or disseminating research results, how to identify risks/benefits to the community as a whole, and how cultural and community attitudes may impact the research.

HRPP Community Engagement Plan

The UNM Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) considers community engagement and education an important component of the HRPP.  Our community engagement plan describes educational offerings and initiatives the HRPP conducts to promote community knowledge of and engagement in the HRPP.  If you have ideas on additional community engagement opportunities, please contact our office at  

Fall OIRB Workshops Scheduled

The first round of fall educational workshops have been scheduled from 10am – 11am on the dates listed below.  Be the first to register to attend by emailing  Seating at each workshop is limited to the first 12 attendees.

September 12, 2016 – IRB Regulations:  Applying the Regs to your Research

September 19, 2016 – IRB Elements:  Navigating the IRB Review Process at UNM

September 26, 2016 – Working with IRBNet:  Submitting your Application Online

October 3, 2016 –IRB Protocol and Consent:  Developing an IRB Protocol and Consent Form

Faculty – remember to invite us to present at your department meetings, methods classes, etc.!!!  Presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of your faculty and/or students.

Email switch from salud to unm and back again

For those of you who subscribe to the Main Campus IRB listserv with salud email addresses, our apologies for the recent updates.  In anticipation of President Frank’s email merger announcement, we had proactively updated everyone’s salud email to  Since this change is not going to take place, we have changed those email addresses back to  Please feel free to contact our office at with any questions or concerns.

Thank you and enjoy your summer!