Institutional Review Board (IRB) - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The human subjects research program includes a total of 135 active human subjects protocols, conducted by a total of approximately 180 research personnel  (60 VA paid full or part-time employees and 120 without compensation (WOC) employees), including 53 Primary Investigators, 2 of which are VA senior Career Scientists.  The human research portfolio consists mostly of VA-funded research, but also includes research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and industry sponsors.  Clinical research is conducted in areas including cardiology, dermatology, homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), prosthesis, substance abuse (including smoking), pulmonary, gastroenterology, medical oncology, and neurological disease.

The PVAMC also has two national VA research centers.  At the Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) center, VA investigators are conducting several HSR&D funded studies in primary care, geriatrics, and mental health care.  The Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) Center of Excellence (COE) possesses state-of-the-art facilities for rehabilitation research, including a gait lab and robotics lab. Investigators are conducting several clinical studies, including a high profile multi- site clinical trial of the DEKA Arm robotic upper limb prosthesis, and a clinical trial of the implantable BrainGate device that can decode brain signals and enable paralyzed Veterans to move a computer cursor or robot with their thoughts.

For FY 2011, VA funding for PVAMC research amounted to $5,669,398 and non-VA funding, through the non-profit corporation (NPC), Ocean State Research Institute, Inc., (OSRI), amounted to $342,553.

The PVAMC human research protection program recently received a full 5 year accreditation by AAHRPP, a nationally recognized Human Research Protection Program Accrediting Agency.

Contact Information
Val Micucci*, IRB Coordinator
(401) 273-7100 x 3470

Amanda Walker*, IRB Program Support Assistant
(401) 273-7100 x5958

 IRB Sub-Committee Research Information

The above hyperlink is to the Research IRB Committee sharepoint site and provides access to the following more current information:

  1. Current PVAMC IRB SOP
  2. Current PVAMC Human Subject Protection Program policies
  3. Current 2016 IRB Meeting Schedules and Submission Deadlines
  4. Current IRB Submission Guidelines and current forms listings
  5. VHA Handbooks, Guidance and Directives
  6. VHA RCS 10-1 (and Summary of RCS 10-1)
  7. Human Research Staff Training Requirements
  8. Current listing of Human, IRB Exempt, Non-Human, and CIRB Studies
  9. QI/QA Submission Forms



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