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Education and workshops

Education series for PI’s and Coordinators on new IRB policies and procedures

As you may know the Advocate IRB is actively working on improving and streamlining its processes for the review and approval of research conducted at Advocate. Since January the IRB has been crafting new policies and procedures regarding how research is reviewed. Both the IRB staff and IRB members have been trained on these new procedures and it is now an ideal time to begin rolling out new, investigator/coordinator facing elements of these new policies and procedures. 

The Advocate IRB invites you to participate in a brief training session throughout May to outline how the new policies and procedures will impact study teams at your site. It is very important that we have the maximum participation so you understand how the new policies will impact the conduct of your research.   

We will be running sessions throughout the month at various Advocate sitse. We have two types of sessions set up – for PI’s (30 min + Q&A) and for Coordinators (60 min + Q&A).   

Click here to view a list of all the IRB Training Sessions/Times/Rooms across all Advocate sites.  All members of research study teams need to participate in the training. The IRB will be tracking attendance at these sessions. Please RSVP which session you can make. If you do not RSVP but find that you can attend a session please do come. The most important thing is to receive the training and sign in on the day you attend. 

Dates 2013

  • May 2nd: Illinois Masonic
  • May 6th: Lutheran General
  • May 7th: Telepresence Sites
  • May 9th: AMG-MHS and Good Sam
  • May 10th: Lutheran General
  • May 13th: Olson Auditorium
  • May 17th: Lutheran General
  • May 21st: Christ

Educational requirements for conducting human subject research

Prior to starting research projects involving human subjects, all investigators and study staff need to complete human subject protection tutorial available at: or similar formal training in human subject research and ethics. A copy of the certificate has to be submitted to the AHC IRB office. Training certificates for the principal investigator, sub-investigators and research staff involved in the study must be on file in the AHC IRB office before the final IRB approval for the study is granted.

Note: educational requirements apply not only to people who will be consenting subjects, but also to those who will be involved in the study in other capacities and handling identifiable subject data.

AHC IRB Quarterly Educational Sessions

See the current Advocate IRB 2014 Meeting Schedule for times, dates and locations.

Educational sessions and workshops

The AHC IRB office is currently offering the following educational sessions:

  • Advocate IRB: Application process and documents;
  • Consent process and documentation;
  • Consent form writing workshop;
  • Drug development process and IND issues;
  • Medical Devices and IDE issues

To schedule an educational session at your institution (regardless of the number of participants) on any of these topics, please contact the AHC IRB office at 630.929.6148 or via e-mail:

Note:There is no charge for any of the educational sessions offered by the AHC IRB office.

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