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The Institutional Review Board Changes its Name

The office, now called the Human Research Protection Program, aims to better reflect its services.

Written by Sally Logue Post

Texas Tech University

The Vice President of Research office that coordinates with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is changing the IRB’s name to better reflect the services it provides that do not directly involve the board.

The office will be called the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). The HRPP is overseen by Donna Peters, program manager, and Brian Piscacek, program coordinator.

“This action does not mean there is any change in the mission of the IRB, only that the office coordinating the operation of the IRB has changed names,” said Alice Young, associate vice president for research/research integrity.

The HRPP will continue to coordinate the operations of the IRB and will continue to offer training to faculty, staff and students in regard to human subjects research. The office also is in the very early stages of developing a post-approval monitoring program to help Texas Tech better meet funding agency guidelines.

“We always have referred to our office as the IRB office, but we do much more than coordinate with the committee,” said Peters. “The name change better reflects what we do with training and human subjects reviews that do not go through the IRB. It also better aligns us with other universities across the country.”

The HRPP is a section of the Office for the Vice President of Research that is overseen by Young as part of the research integrity and responsible conduct of research areas.

The office remains located in Drane Hall, Room 147 and can be reached at (806) 742-2064 or at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/vpr/irb/index.php.

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