IRB Workshops & Outreach



IRB Meet-n-Greet

  • Who we are
  • The history of the IRB
  • How the Revised Common Rule differs from previous IRB regulations
  • An overview of how IRB applications are processed
  • Types of applications and project examples to help investigators categorize their research
  • How to avoid delays in the IRB approval process
  • Life after IRB approval
  • Group participation (exercises to determine if IRB approval is needed)
  • Available resources
  • Other relevant topics related to human subjects research (audience Q&A)



  • Oral History research that requires IRB review
  • Doing Oral History vs. the use of Oral History methodologies
  • Interactive exercise (TBD)


Informed Consent

  • Why consent is needed
  • Process vs. Procedure
  • When to consent – before vs. during vs. after
  • Waiver of consent – to document or not to document
  • Interactive exercise (minimal risk studies)


Research Involving Children

  • Parental permission / assent process
  • School access
  • Interactive exercise (TBD)


Human Subjects Research & the COVID-19 Outbreak: What Researchers Should Know

  • Overview of COVID-19
  • UCR closure and research restrictions
  • Impacts to current IRB applications
  • Available Resources and Guidance
  • Discussion and Q&A

Interested in being notified about future IRB events? Please email


Outreach Events

Would your class, department, or group be interested in learning more about the IRB? Our office can plan an outreach session to fit your needs!

An IRB staff member would be happy to come to a department meeting, research methods class, or hold a brown bag session to help faculty, students, and other researchers learn more about the IRB process. We can also address specific topics such as international research, research on campus, research with minors, social media, or other topics you may be interested.

To schedule an outreach event, please email