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Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) provides administrative support for Abington – Jefferson Health. The IRB receives for review all research protocols involving humans, ensures that requirements for training for personnel in human subjects research and HIPAA are met and up-to-date, monitors and assesses adverse events and unanticipated problems that may affect research subjects or others, and provides education for research coordinators, faculty and other personnel involved in human subjects research. The IRB serves Abington Hospital, Abington – Lansdale Hospital, Abington medical staff members and all Abington – Jefferson Health entities.

Tips for Current Research Staff/Potential Researchers

IRB Submissions

Use the Application for Research form for IRB full board review submittals or expedited submittals.

Use the Request for Exemption form for de-identified case reports and exempt research submittals.

Use the Request for Amendment form for all changes to your research or exempt research.

You are required to have IRB review and approval prior to initiating any changes.

Mandatory Human Research Protections Training

All current research staff and potential researchers are required to complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiatives (CITI) training prior to submitting your research for review by the IRB.

For retrospective chart reviews or specimen (research not involving direct contact with human subjects) select the research with data or laboratory specimens - ONLY training.

For prospective studies, you should select the Basic Course for biomedical or social and behavioral research, good clinical practice course and Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS) course - information for investigators.

Please submit your training certificate to the IRB with your packet for IRB review.

The following contacts are available for IRB support:

G. Chris Christensen, DO
IRB Chairman
Institutional Review Board
(215) 481-7467

Aisha N. Parker
IRB Supervisor
Senior IRB Coordinator
Institutional Review Board
(215) 481-7467

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