Getting Started with an IRB
Complete the required online training. UNR Med requires all investigators planning on conducting research with human participants to receive relevant human research protection training. Find out more about the preferred training program.
- The UNR Research Integrity Office will accept the Renown required human research protection ethics training.
- See more specifics on which training is relevant for your project.
Create a profile in IRB Net. The UNR Research Integrity Office uses IRB Net, an online submission platform, to review research projects, your profile will provide you with access to your project.
- Assist the student in preparing an initial narrative protocol and email to OMR@med.unr.edu for assignment to scientific review. The “Protocol-biomedical” should be used and is available by downloading it from the IRBNet Forms and Templates library.
- Submission of the project to the IRB cannot proceed until scientific review is complete.
Assist the student in completing the necessary paperwork for his/her research project submission. Steps for building a submission in IRB Net.
- The protocol application will ask all of the important information about the research project. This form along with the cover sheet will direct the student to the other relevant forms to include.
- Share full access on the submission with the research team, Danielle Eaton, Valerie Smith, Mark Riddle, and “Research Dept, Renown Clinical” when applicable under UNR-Reno for projects at Renown or using Renown EMR data.
- Include CVs and human research training records for the research team; ensure training is in place for the team at time of submission to avoid review delays.
- The cover sheet asks for the "Responsible Official" on the project. Dr. Mark Riddle serves in this capacity at UNR Med and confirms the project meets requirements as outlined in the Research Integrity Office policy manual.
- When working with a community physician, include the Investigator Community Physician Agreement found in the IRBNet Forms and Templates library in the submission, to comply with the Human Research Protection Policy Manual, Item 35 in accordance with the University of Nevada, Reno Office of Research Integrity.
- Once your submission is ready, email Valerie Smithfor a completion check and Mark Riddle for electronic review and sign off.
Allow sufficient time for the student to prepare the IRB submission. Please keep timelines in mind and mentor the student in completing the package (as needed).
- For basic, minimal risk research in populations which are not considered vulnerable, allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks from preparation of submission to IRB approval.
- For more involved, complex studies, including research with vulnerable populations, international research, and clinical research, allow a minimum of 10 weeks from preparation of submission to IRB approval.
Renown Clerkships: For projects at Renown Regional Medical Center, complete the required clerkship packet and return to Valerie Smith for Sr. Director signatures and submission to the Renown Health Clerkship Office.
The Office of Medical Research and the UNR Research Integrity Office are available to assist in your research endeavors. Should you have any questions, please contact the following individuals.
Danielle Eaton, Director, Research Operations and Administration, Office of Medical Research, UNR and Director of Clinical Research, Renown Health, email@example.com, (775) 784-4125.
Valerie Smith, Clinical Research Coordinator, Office of Medical Research, firstname.lastname@example.org, (775) 682-9838.
Additional information on Training Requirements for Human Research