Updated Guidance for Genetic Research

September 30th, 2015

 The IRB has updated the guidance on Genetic Research to add information on the topic of disclosure of incidental findings. This update includes the new standard institutional process for disclosure of incidental findings to research participants.  The updated guidance can be viewed online here: http://irb.utah.edu/_pdf/IGS%20-%20Genetic%20Research%20H2215.pdf.

As a complement to this guidance, the following new educational opportunity is offered through the Research Administration Training Series (RATS): 

Managing the Return of Incidental Findings in Research
Instructors: Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH, Associate Vice President for Research & Professor of Pediatrics; Ann Johnson, IRB Associate Director
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: HSEB 1750
To register, visit:  https://education.research.utah.edu/class_details.jsp?offeringId=266.

Additionally, the IRB has made the following changes related to the updated guidance: 

  • New template language has been added to the Consent (and Authorization) Templates in the New Information section for informing participants about the possibility of incidental findings. The updated templates are available online at: http://irb.utah.edu/forms/health-sciences.php. Applicable studies will be required to include this language at initial submission of a new study application or at continuing review. 
  • The ERICA application will be updated to include new questions applicable to genetic research. This ERICA update is scheduled and more details will be  made available at the time of release. 

Please contact the IRB at 801-581-3655 or irb@hsc.utah.edu if you have questions about this update. 

  • Forms for Conducting Research at the VA

    Researchers conducting procedures at the Salt Lake City VA need to be aware of the additional administrative forms that may be required in addition to the IRB application.

  • Use of External Research Nurses

    The IRB has received several requests to allow the use of external research nurses who have contracted with a study sponsor to conduct research procedures with participants in their homes.

  • IRB Staff Changes

    We are pleased to welcome a new Coordinator to the IRB.

  • IRB Staff Changes

    Yan "Kiki" Wai, IRB Coordinator for Panel 2, has left the IRB. We are pleased to announce that Chantyl Staheli has been selected as the new IRB Coordinator for Panel 2.

  • Additional Exemption Categories

    The IRB is introducing Exemption Categories 8-11 as additional non-federal categories.