Human subjects research requires review and approval by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to subject recruitment, data collection, or any use of private information. The Scholarly Projects Department at the College of Medicine – Phoenix serves as a resource for investigators and students and assists them in addressing research protocol and IRB compliance issues. All student research
involving human subjects must go through Cristal Lewis
, research specialist, in order to obtain the necessary training and complete the IRB application process.
Below are some simple steps to guide you through the process.
Step 1. Complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training course.
You must complete the CITI training course, which provides education on human subjects research. Create a username and password. Select the institution: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Take the course that is most applicable to your area of research.
Step 2. Determine whether or not it is human subjects research.
This is not an easy determination to make if you are not familiar with the federal regulations related to human subjects research. If your project includes data that reveals patient identity or it involves an interaction/intervention with participants, it will most likely be considered human subjects research. The Determination of Human Research form
will help guide you through making the determination.
Step 3: Fill out the human subject research application form.
For projects that are found to qualify as research involving human subjects, an application along with supplement information needs to be completed for review by the IRB. You can find the latest versions on the Research Gateway website.
Step 4: Submit the application and supporting documents to Cristal Lewis, research specialist.
The research specialist will review the application and supporting documents to make sure everything is correct before submission to the Tucson HSPP office and the UA IRB.