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Past Announcements


March 28, 2013 The IRB User survey will be closing in a few weeks.  This survey gives you the chance to anonymously provide feedback on the IRB process and specifically on the use of IRBManager.  Every comment is valuable and helps us to make improvements to  serve you better so please complete it today:

February 12, 2013
The IRB will be writing a newsletter each spring and fall to keep researchers informed of any important changes and up to date on important information when conducting research with human subjects.  Please read our Spring 2013 newsletter.

In addition, we are conducting a Spring 2013 IRB Satisfaction Survey to evaluate and improve our process and services. The feedback is optional and anonymous. (Survey is closed) Thank you!

September 4, 2012 The IRB welcomes Jessica Rice as the new IRB Administrator.

April 16, 2012 The IRB currently has an opening for an IRB Administrator.

August 3, 2011: A new web based IRB submission system (IRBManager) is now available for IRB submissions. Please visit our page dedicated to IRBManager. You will find User Guides, Frequently Asked Questions, training information, and log in information here.

July 7, 2011: A new web based IRB submission system (IRBManager) will become available for optional use on August 1st. This will allow researchers with an internet browser to securely submit IRB submissions and maintain their entire IRB file online. On November 1st, all new study submissions will require the use of IRBManager while currently active studies will migrate over upon either an Amendment or Continuing Review by uploading the current IRB as attachments. Training in a computer lab will be available on July 22, July 29, August 10, and August 26.

April 6, 2011: A Pre-Submission section added to the Forms and Templates page. The following optional documents have been added to that section: (1) Determination of UWM IRB Submission to determine when UWM is engaged in human subjects research; (2) IAA Request where research projects involving multiple IRB's may qualify for an inter-institutional IRB Authorization Agreement (IAA) allowing one IRB to defer review and oversight to another IRB; (3) Institutional Permission Letter where research projects involving external sites (e.g., schools and businesses) may need to provide documentation/permission for the use of those facilities and/or subjects.

January 21, 2011: The IRB would like to thank everyone who participated in the satisfaction survey. We are grateful for the many positive comments and thoughtful suggestions. We have made several changes to the New Study Form (Consent Section I and Minors Section L) and to the Continuing Review Form (Study Status Section C). View the survey results here. View the comments and the IRB's responses here.

November 15, 2010: The UWM IRB is conducting an IRB satisfaction survey to evaluate and improve our process and services. The feedback is optional and anonymous. If you would like to help us out, please complete the following survey [survey is closed]. Thank you!

July 30, 2010: IRB Guidance for Online Research Activities posted. This guidance covers online research involving and not involving interaction or intervention with human subjects; website privacy expectations and consenting options.

January 29, 2010: The UWM IRB has recently changed its training tutorial to a more detailed program. The estimated completion time is 2-3 hours. If you are not the Principal Investigator (PI) or Student Principal Investigator (SPI) and are interested in a more basic human subjects training tutorial for students or research staff, please consider using the OHRP's human subjects research training tutorial.

March 2, 2009: If you are submitting a New Study Submission by email to, please note that the IRB will email back a response of receipt. If you do not receive a receipt of email within 3-5 days of submission, please contact the IRB by phone (229-3173) or email ;( to verify receipt.
January 16, 2009:
New Study Submissions submitted after February 1, 2009 may be submitted electronically by email to The email address of the sender must be that of the Principal Investigator's as that will serve as the electronic signature. This is currently for New Study Submissions only, Continuing Review and Amendment Submissions must be submitted in paper. Place "New Study Submission" in the subject line and itemize the attached documents in the body of the email.

July 30, 2008: Projects involving the use of ionizing radioactive materials or radiation producing devices located here on campus (i.e., devices located at other institutions would not apply) requires the review and approval from the Radiation Safety Program. Upon your submission to the IRB, if your proposed study meets these criteria, in addition to normal IRB review the IRB will forward your study for review by the Radiation Safety Officer. Please note this may cause a slight delay in your turnaround time, so plan your submission accordingly.

March 21, 2008: Reminder: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the educational records of UWM students by limiting the individuals who have access to such records and the purposes for which they can be used. Absent student consent, researchers are not permitted to use educational records for their own research projects unless identifying student information has been removed. To comply with FERPA and to protect both the researcher and UWM from violations, researchers wanting to use educational records for their research projects should consult with UWM’s records custodian, Amy Watson (229-5188), to ensure that identifying student data is properly removed.

September 10, 2007: Beginning October 1, 2007, students (graduate or undergraduate) may no longer be listed as the Principal Investigator (PI) on new studies. Only UWM faculty or academic staff may be listed as the PI. Students may be listed as “Co-Investigators.” This change is applicable to New Study submissions only and does not apply to studies with current IRB approval.

September 10, 2007
: New forms posted for New Study, Continuing Review and Amendment submissions. New and additional (short version, online surveys, letters, etc.) consent from templates are available. Submissions using the previous forms will no longer be accepted after October 1, 2007.

July 11, 2007: Question & Answer sessions are open and will start Wednesday, August 8th from 3:30pm-5:30pm. General and specific questions are welcome (e.g., you need help preparing for an IRB submission). To adequately staff the Q&A sessions, please RSVP at 229-3182.

August 23, 2007: The IRB has a part-time position open for a graduate student as an IRB Program Project Assistant. If you are interested, please visit PantherJobs for job details and application instructions. The username is your UWM ePantherID (first part of your email before plus underscore uwm (e.g. jsmith_uwm). The password is your birth date in the following format (yyyy-mm-dd). (e.g. Password: 1987-07-22).

June 13, 2007: Addition of Decentral Reviewers for School of Continuing Education and Department of History.

May 7, 2007: On April 27, the IRB conducted a presentation to faculty and graduate students focusing on the various changes (e.g., website, forms, process, etc) that have taken place and how they impact IRB submissions. Click here to access the extended presentation (PowerPoint required).

April 25, 2007: The Getting Started page has been updated to clarify that studies being reviewed under Exempt and Expedited status may be submitted at any time and researchers should expect approximately 2 weeks to complete the review. Studies being reviewed under Full Board status must follow the deadlines for submission based on when the IRB meeting dates occur.

April 25, 2007: The IRB would like to welcome Melissa Spadanuda as the new IRB Administrator.

April 25, 2007: UWM IRB Guidelines and Procedures posted.

November 14, 2006: Related Links page updated, Decentral Reviewers list updated, New Study Submission Form updated.

October 18, 2006: All IRB submissions after November 8th will require the use of the newest forms and templates.

October 12, 2006:
The IRB is actively seeking people to serve on the IRB Board as voting members. The IRB is open to all, including UWM faculty and staff, and individuals not affiliated with UWM. If you are interested or would like to finding out more, please contact Benjamin Kennedy (229-3182).

September 25 , 2006: New website design and content. IRB submissions after October 1, 2006 should use the newest forms.