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RIH and TMH IRB 2018

RPO IRB Committee Directory

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

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."

Rhode Island Hospital IRB

RIH IRB 1 and RIH IRB 2 
Federal Wide Assurance FWA00001230 
Chairperson: James Linakis, MD, PhD 
RIH IRB 1: Associate Chairpersons, Kathy Handshaw, RN; Karen Barile-Lyons MSW; Ronald Seifer, PhD, Christine Trask, PhD  
RIH IRB 2: Associate Chairpersons, Delma-Jean Watts, MD; Ann Marie O'Mara, RN, BSN, CCRC  
Acting Coordinator, RIH IRB 1: Janice Muratori, MSN, RNP, CIP, Acting Chair   
Coordinator, RIH IRB 2: Alli Jean

The Miriam Hospital IRB

Federal Wide Assurance FWA00003538 
Chairperson: Karen Tashima, MD 
Associate Chairperson: Arnold Herman, MD; Maria Mileno, MD; Patricia Soscia, MD 
Coordinator, TMH IRB: Adrienne McParlin

Research Protection Office

Director: Janice Muratori, MSN, RNP, CIP 
Manager: S. Candace Frater, MD, MHA