NTR IRB Announcement – Resources and Guidance

Dear Human Subject Research Community,

We hope the start of 2023 has brought a lot of new exciting research endeavors, opportunities and successes. As you embark upon this new year, the North Texas Regional Institutional Review Board (NTR IRB) would like to highlight specific guidance, resources, and tools – all available to you on our website!

IRB Resources/Tools/Templates:
> Request a New Study/Initial Consultation: Meet with an IRB Compliance Manager to discuss your project! (https://www.unthsc.edu/north-texas-regional-irb/request-a-consultation/)
> IRB Concepts and Resources Video: This 15-minute video provides a general overview of main IRB ethical concepts and the NTR IRB’s resources. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjlVXsmf4GA&t=1s)
> IRBNet Tutorial Video: This 15-minute video covers the basics of how to navigate the IRBNet system. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhAJCG1ZqHM)
> Investigator Guidebook: This is intended to facilitate investigators with the creation and submission of IRB projects. (https://www.unthsc.edu/north-texas-regional-irb/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/UPDATED-Investigator-Guidebook-5-13-2022.pdf)
> Instructional Guidance and Sources for Human Subject Investigators: Visit our page for specific guidance and information about the following topics (https://www.unthsc.edu/north-texas-regional-irb/instructional-guidance-and-sources-for-human-subject-investigators/):
o Survey Guidance document
o Focus Group and Interview Guidance document
o Existing Materials Guidance document
o Guidance for Research and Repository Protocols
o Data Storage and Security Guidance
o Research using Human Biological Materials/Samples
o Re-contacting Subjects from Existing Research Studies
o Recruitment Guidance
o IRB Guidance for Students
> IRB Forms and Templates: A few of the forms found on this page include the following (https://www.unthsc.edu/north-texas-regional-irb/institutional-review-board-forms/):
o General Protocol Synopsis Template (Companion Document: Master Protocol Synopsis Guidance Sheet)
o Consent Form Template
o Consent Statement/Cover Letter Template
o HIPAA Authorization Templates
o Waiver Documents (for Informed Consent and HIPAA Authorization)
> Other Helpful Items:
o Not Human Subject Research Determinations. (https://www.unthsc.edu/north-texas-regional-irb/not-human-subject-research/)
o IRB Announcement Archives: Check out past IRB announcements and guidance information. (https://www.unthsc.edu/north-texas-regional-irb/protection-of-human-subjects/irb-announcement-archive/)
o Office of Research Compliance Newsletter Archives: Review previous newsletters containing helpful updates, guidance tips and news items for Investigators, Coordinators, Students and other Research team members. (https://www.unthsc.edu/research/office-of-research-compliance/newsletter-archive-2/)

We highly encourage you to review and utilize these resources as you develop your research protocol and submission. Please stay tuned to the NTR IRB website (https://www.unthsc.edu/north-texas-regional-irb/) for important updates and announcements.