News & Announcements

Important Message From Interim Dean Toscano: Regarding Human Subjects Research

Dear Homewood IRB Investigators, Across the university, efforts are underway to consider the re-opening of human-subjects research activities. It is important that you begin to formulate your plans for the return of non-COVID-19 related human-subjects research. The date when restrictions for human-subjects research will be lifted is unknown at this time; however, IRB researchers and […]

Research Participant COVID-19 Risk Information Documents

For studies that will continue, there is a risk information document that we believe researchers should use with the following protocol (COVID risk research sheet 03152020 Final). Research teams should attempt to contact all participants before their scheduled research visit to provide them this information about COVID-19 risks. When participants arrive for a research-related visit, […]

JHU COVID-19 Requirements for Visits by External Monitors and Site Initiation Visits

Johns Hopkins University is postponing all external monitor onsite visits for clinical research protocols until at least April 20th. We will inform the research community if the date for this policy needs to be extended. All site initiation visits (SIVs) must take place remotely effective immediately and until at least April 20th. Onsite SIVs for […]

Coronavirus and Johns Hopkins Human Subject Research

As we make decisions on how to respond to the COVID-19 infections we want to begin by stating that our primary concern is the safety of our research participants and the research team members who work for Johns Hopkins University and Health System. Our secondary goal is to preserve the scientific integrity of the research […]

New Investigator Guidance on International Research

Investigators conducting research in foreign countries may find the following resources useful when planning their IRB applications: Guidance for International Research Investigator Checklist for HSR in International Settings

Revised Policies on the Recruitment of Students and Employees

The policies on the recruitment of Johns Hopkins University students and employees have recently been revised. These policies are available on the Homewood IRB website and the Johns Hopkins University Policy & Document Library: Enrolling Employees in Human Subject Research Policy (GEN010) Enrolling Students in Human Subject Research Policy (GEN011)

Compliance with JHU’s Policy on Safety of Children in University Programs

View the full policy on the University Policies Website. When a human subjects research study produces knowledge or suspicion of reportable child abuse or neglect, JHU policy requires reporting to the local authorities and to the JHU General Counsel’s Office. If the report is about a Baltimore resident or occurs within the Baltimore jurisdiction, the […]

Training Opportunity: Single IRB Requirement for Cooperative Research

The Revised Common rule requires that all cooperative federally-funded research [Cooperative is defined as research involving more than one site] be reviewed by a Single IRB (sIRB). This requirement is effective on 1/20/2020. To help prepare study teams for the requirement, sIRB training sessions are scheduled. Single IRB Requirement for Cooperative Research will provide an […]

New Procedures for Paying Research Participants

The procedures for paying research participants below are largely unchanged from current practices, although there are some modifications and clarifications to the procedures. These procedures are effective immediately for all research participants. Payments to participants in research studies may be paid without collection of SSNs/ITINs for the four options below if they do not exceed […]