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Announcements from the IRB Office

 Go to "Getting Started..." at left for information on the Cayuse IRB process and to obtain access through authentication.

Cayuse periodically makes improvements to the IRB software.  A maintenance day is scheduled for the second Saturday of each month.  Watch here for announcements.

Please email us at to arrange a training session for Cayuse IRB or ethical issues associated with protocol writing.

01 August '17: The IRB Office will be closed for the week of August 28th-Sept 1st. Please plan accordingly. 

07 July '17: After 12 years of administering the IRB for Cal Poly Pomona, Bruce W. Kennedy retired as of this day.  1000s of CITI transcripts received, more than a thousand protocols reviewed, 100s of presentations given.  He wished the best for PIs and others conducting human subjects research.

17 February '17:  The IRB advises PIs and the research community to allow at least two weeks for the office and members to do protocol review and approval procedures.

9 January '17:  For those contemplating doing social media research, this newly released video from OHRP could be useful. 

9 January '17:  OHRP announced the launch of its new public outreach website: About Research Participation, These resources are designed to help potential volunteers better understand research and find the information they need to decide whether to participate in research. Trial coordinators and research staff also could use these materials to facilitate and improve the informed consent process. This project broadens OHRP’s educational and outreach efforts to the general public.

1 December '16:  The IRB at its meeting today revised sections 14.10 and 14.12 of the policy and procedures manual regarding educational research studies.  Please navigate to that tab to review the changes.

6 October '16:  Dr. Bonny Burns-Whitemore, professor of nutrition, has been named the chair of the IRB. 

12 September '16:  "Should I make survey questions required?"  A blog on the SurveyMonkey site offers some perspectives for researchers.

15 August '16:  The "Word" version of the IRB protocol was revised during the summer to more closely align with its electronic sibling in Cayuse.  While not exactly the same, the "Word" version is still very useful for teaching about the IRB process (types of questions, ethical concerns, consent form, etc.) in classroom situations and for PIs to prepare a draft of the protocol which can be cut-and-pasted later.  Go to the "Forms and Links" tab to find it.

2 May '16:  Because Microsoft has ended support for Internet Explorer 9 & 10, Cayuse (Evisions) has announced that it will discontinue support for its products when using these browsers in the Research Suite which includes the IRB module.  This will be effective as of July 1, 2016. Evisions provided the following details:

- “End of Support” from Microsoft’s perspective means they are no longer providing IE 9 & 10 security updates and support.  You can continue to use these browser versions, but the Cayuse IRB Quality Assurance team will only be testing new releases with supported browser versions.

- The Evisions Research Suite fully supports Internet Explorer 11 and recent versions of Mozilla Firefox and Firefox ESR. Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari are all provisionally supported. Provisional support means we are working toward full support and fix issues in those browsers as they arise.

9 March '16:  CITI added new training modules to our IRB subscription:  "Advanced Issues in Informed Consent" explores how technology has impacted the informed consent process in the 21st Century, especially electronic informed consent (eIC). This module covers technology and tools used in the recruitment and consent process, describes alternatives to paper-based informed consent forms, and explores confidentiality issues.  "Tools Used by Researchers" provides an overview of the potential barriers to informed consent and discusses strategies and tools that may be used to enhance and ensure research subjects’ understanding of study information, including subject capacity assessments, the teach-back approach, tools for child assent, use of framing and graphics, and video and multimedia presentations. This module discusses ways to present research information to subjects in several simple, practical, and inexpensive ways.