Who We Are
Chair, IRB: David Strogatz, PhD
Program Manager, IRB: Heidi Johnson, CIP
Coordinator, IRB: Christen Turner, BS
Administrative Director: Stephen Clark, BS
Business Manager: Melinda Hasbrouck, MBA
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is comprised of eleven voting members and eleven alternate members of varying backgrounds, in addition to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board. The Board is charged with providing a complete review of research activities commonly conducted by investigators within the Network. The Board meets at least once per month on the first Tuesday of every month. It is responsible for conducting an initial review process, a continuing review process and for maintaining a record of all IRB activities, in accordance with the HHS regulation for the Protection of Human Subjects as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR 50, 56).
At the end of 2019 there were 110 active protocols approved for research activities within the network. During 2019 twenty-three new protocols were approved, 9 of which were clinical trials and 14 of which were non-experimental studies analyzing existing datasets or using quantitative or qualitative methods for collection and analysis of primary data. Forty protocols were completed and terminated in the course of 2019. This year also marked the first opportunity for the IRB Office to serve as the single IRB of record for a multi-site study; this project is being led by Bassett investigators and involves co-investigators from collaborating institutions and study sites in Virginia, North Carolina, Oregon, and Alaska.
In 2018, the IRB Office adopted the IRBNet suite of tools, accessible via the National Research Network, bringing electronic protocol management, on-line submissions and many other important research oversight features to the Bassett Healthcare Network research community. Another significant transition during 2018 was the change in training and certification for ethical conduct of research. The NIH Protecting Human Research Participants training course was no longer available after September 26, 2018 and was replaced by the online Human Subjects Research courses of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. The transition period has been successful and has included occasional modification of forms and protocols with the support of IRBNet.
The Research Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) supports the submission of all Research grant applications and assists as requested with non-research applications for the organization. The Research OSP provides support and guidance to Research Principal Investigators for all phases of post award management, including management of contracts and sub-awards, quarterly and annual reporting and grant close out. The Research OSP monitors and maintains all state and federal grant submission and tracking platforms and assures that the organization remains in compliance with all state and federal regulations as they pertain to grant supported programs.