Mission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The IRB is a committee whose mission is to protect the rights, privacy, and welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in research.
Function of the IRB
The main function of the IRB is to review all human subject research to ensure that it is in compliance with the Department of Health and Human Services regulations for the protection of Human Research Subjects (45 C.F.R. Part 46) and to ensure that it is consistent with the policy and procedures of Saint Anselm College. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both federal regulations and college. Please note that no research involving human subjects may begin until final IRB approval is granted.
Federal regulations dictate that the IRB membership have at least five members and its composition include (1) a member of both sexes (2) members that come from varied professions (3) at least one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas (4) at least one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas (5) at least one member who is not otherwise affiliated with the institution. One of the members serves as chair and is appointed by the executive vice president. Current membership includes (* denotes committee chair):
- Hui-Ling Chen, Ph.D. (Director, Institutional Research)
- Rev. Benedict M. Guevin, O.S.B., Ph.D. (Theology/Ethicist)
- Jennifer Thorn, Ph.D. (English)
- Michael W. Smith, Ph.D. (Sociology, Director of Research NHIOP)
- *R. Janet Romaine, Ph.D. (Economics and Business)
- Kathleen Thies, Ph.D., R.N. (Senior Clinical Researcher at Elliot Hospital, External Member)
- William Ploog (Director of Sponsored Programs and Research)
- Matthew Gonzales, Ph.D. (Classics)
- Antonia M. Nelson, Ph.D. (Nursing)
IRB Federal Assurance
An assurance of compliance is a written document submitted by an institution that is engaged in non-exempt human subjects research conducted or supported by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Through the assurance, an institution commits to HHS that it will comply with the requirements set forth in the regulations for the protection of human subjects at 45 CFR part 46. View/download Saint Anselm College IRB Federal Assurance (PDF/200KB).
IRB Protection of Human Subjects Online Training Course
Saint Anselm College expects all researchers to conduct their work with the highest degree of integrity. To that end, the College has set forth minimum standards for mandatory research integrity training, including the following two requirements that are relevant to the IRB. Both courses are offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and are available to Saint Anselm faculty and staff. For information on how to register download/view the CITI registration guide (Word/26KB).
- All individuals conducting research with human subjects are required to complete the IRB Protection of Human Subjects online training course.
- All individuals with externally funded research are required to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research online training course.