Institutional Review Board

Morehead State University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally-mandated committee made up of faculty, staff, and persons unaffiliated with the University charged with ensuring that the institution complies with federal policies safeguarding humans as subjects in research.
 
For more information, contact Dr. Scott Niles, Director, Research Integrity and Compliance at 606-783-2278.
 
NOTE: All researchers/investigators who submit a research protocol to the IRB must successfully complete the required IRB CITI Training course (www.citiprogram.org) and provide documentation. To learn more about this required course, please visit the CITI Training page.
 
A CITI course completion certificate must be submitted with the protocol application. Protocol applications submitted without the attached certification will not be reviewed.
 
Any faculty, staff, or student proposing to involve human subjects in research is required to have a protocol reviewed and approved by the MSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research prior to conducting the research. Information about IRB policies, along with helpful advice about the review process are available on the Protocol Preparation page.  IRB protocol forms are available on the Protocol Forms page.
 
In addition, researchers/investigators are strongly encouraged to discuss their protocol application with a member of the committee, which should facilitate timely protocol preparation and review. If you are a new investigator and need assistance in preparing your protocol, please contact Dr. Scott Niles, s.niles@moreheadstate.edu.
 
The IRB reviews three types of protocols: Exempt, Expedited, and Convened Review protocols. For guidance on which type of protocol to submit, please contact Dr. Scott Niles, s.niles@moreheadstate.edu, or any member of the IRB.
 

IMPORTANT: The IRB accepts Requests for Exemption at any time and reviews the protocols promptly upon receipt. Protocols that qualify as Expedited can also be submitted at any time, and are reviewed upon receipt.


IRB Protocol Due Dates for the 2017-2018 Academic Year 

  • September 4, 2017 - Convened Review (Exempt and Expedited accepted at any time) IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL TO THE RESEARCH AND CREATIVE PRODUCTIONS COMMITTEE FOR A FALL GRANT THAT REQUIRES IRB APPROVAL, THE PROTOCOL MUST BE SUBMITTED BY SEPTEMBER 4, 2017.
  • October 2, 2017 - Convened Review (Exempt and Expedited accepted at any time) IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL TO THE RESEARCH AND CREATIVE PRODUCTIONS COMMITTEE FOR A SUMMER FELLOWSHIP THAT REQUIRES IRB APPROVAL, THE PROTOCOL MUST BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 2, 2017.
  • November 6, 2017 - Convened Review (Exempt and Expedited accepted at any time)
  • February 5, 2018 - Convened Review (Exempt and Expedited accepted at any time)
  • March 5, 2018 - Convened Review (Exempt and Expedited accepted at any time)
  • April 2, 2018 - Convened Review (Exempt and Expedited accepted at any time)
Researchers/investigators submitting a protocol requiring Convened review can expect a review response from the IRB within four (4) weeks from the date of the protocol submission. Protocols that involve special populations (e.g., prisoners) or require general counsel review may require a more lengthy review. Additionally, the review process will be delayed if protocols are incomplete or include elements not clearly in compliance with federal regulations.

IRB Members

  • Manuel Probst: Department of Kinesiology, Health and Imaging Sciences (Chair)
  • Elizabeth Perkins: Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminology
  • John Curry: Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education
  • Lisa Mesa-Gaido: Department of Art and Design
  • Nathania Bush: Department of Nursing
  • Jonathan Pidluzny: Department of History, Philosophy, Politics, International and Legal Studies
  • David Gross: Director, NE KY. AHEC and Administrative Director for Ed. and Research, St. Claire Regional Medical Center  (Community Representative)
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