What is an IRB?
An IRB is an Institutional Review Board. The IRB is the entity with the jurisdiction for reviewing and approving all research involving human subjects carried out by the faculty, staff or students of UTTC or by non-UTTC individuals conducting research on campus. IRB's are created to protect human subjects from unscrupulous practices that sometimes occur in research practices.
What does an IRB do?
The IRB reviews and approves of research conducted on human subjects. IRB approval must be obtained before the data collection begins and specific IRB paperwork must be submitted to the UTTC IRB before research can be approved. To view a copy of the IRB flowchart, click here.
Why does UTTC need an IRB?
There are four main reasons that UTTC has created an IRB. One, the IRB process ensures that any and all UTTC-associated research does not harm participants in any way. This goes in hand with the Native view of taking care of relatives and community. Two, adherence to IRB guidelines helps to ensure the highest quality research at UTTC. Third, federal laws mandate that institutions of higher education that are participating in any type of government-sponsored research have an IRB in place. Finally, all universities and nearly all colleges have IRBs. The UTTC IRB is registered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The registration number for the United Tribes Technical College IRB #1 is IRB00005063.
Who is on the IRB and where/when does it meet?
The IRB is comprised of eight UTTC staff members and two members who are not affiliated with UTTC (federal guidelines require that at least one member of the IRB not be affiliated with the institution). The IRB is currently meeting the second Thursday of every month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The members of the IRB are as follows:
- Phil Baird, Vice President of Academic Services, UTTC
- Russell Swagger, Vice President of Student & Campus Services, UTTC
- Dr. Gerald F. Combs, Director, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Center, Grand Forks, N.D.
- Chadwick Kramer, Research Analyst, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission (NDIAC), Bismarck, N.D
- Dr. Cheryl Long Feather, Research Director, UTTC Office of Research
- SuAnn Schmitz, UTTC Nutrition and Land Grant Programs, TJES
- Lisa Colombe, UTTC Tribal Environmental Science
- Michelle Schoenwald, UTTC Injury Prevention/Community Health