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  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)

  • The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee made up of physicians, scientists and community members who ensure that research involving human research subjects is well planned and ethical. All research that involves human subjects or their identifiable data must be reviewed by the IRB.

    • Research is defined as "a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge".
    • "Human subjects means a living individual about whom an investigator conducting research obtains data through intervention with the individual, or identifiable information."

    Submission Process


    Does your project require IRB Review?
    (Expedited, Exempt and QA/QI)

    New Policy and Procedure Manual

    Grants and Funding

    Biostatistics Core

    Deadlines / Meeting Dates:
    RIH and TMH IRB 2014

    RPO Staff Contacts

    For information about the Research Protection Office (RPO) Committees for the Protection of Human Subjects, please call 401-444-3527.

    Rhode Island Hospital IRB

    RIH IRB 1 and RIH IRB 2
    Federal Wide Assurance FWA00001230
    Chairperson: James MD, PhD
    RIH IRB 1: Associate Chairpersons, Kathy Handshaw, RN; Karen Barile-Lyons MSW; Ronald Seifer, PhD
    RIH IRB 2: Associate Chairpersons, William Sikov, MD; Jennifer Friedman, MD, PhD
    Coordinator, RIH IRB 1: Dawn Roux
    Coordinator, RIH IRB 2: Cyndi Chrostek

    The Miriam Hospital IRB

    Federal Wide Assurance FWA00003538
    Chairperson: Maria Mileno, MD
    Associate Chairperson: Thomas Folcarelli, BSN and Arnold Herman, MD
    Coordinator, TMH IRB: Adrienne McParlin

    Research Protection Office

    Director: Patricia E. Houser, RN, MSJ
    Manager: Janice Muratori, MS, RNP