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About the ARMC IRB

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is required by federal regulations to ensure that appropriate procedures are in place to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research. In order to comply with these regulations, the IRB meets to review research protocols and materials to be used in all research involving human subjects. All individuals interested in conducting research that involves human subjects, either retrospective or prospective in nature, must submit their research proposal and study design to ARMC’s IRB. Under the Department of Health and Human Services, human subjects are defined as a living individual about whom an investigator conducting research obtains data through intervention or interaction with the individual; or identifiable private information.

Institutional Review Board Meeting Schedule 2024

March 21, 2024

May 16, 2024

July 18, 2024

September 19, 2024

November 21, 2024

All submissions need to be submitted via email to ONE MONTH PRIOR TO THE MEETING.

Incomplete submissions will NOT BE ACCEPTED. This includes missing signatures and CITI certificates of ALL investigators. Any late submissions will go onto the following meeting’s agenda.

Stephanie Wells, IRB Coordinator
Since 2015, Stephanie has played integral roles in qualitative and clinical research at both Johns Hopkins University and Loma Linda University. Working in the pediatric and maternal health fields at Johns Hopkins University, she has experience in compliance with IRB, HHS, and CITI regulations, development of manuscripts and protocols, bilingual material development, and participant recruitment. At Loma Linda University, she actively assisted and coordinated clinical research activities and managed diverse tasks within various research trials in the pediatric neurology and hematology departments.

Reza Hajaffar, Research Coordinator/Data Extraction
Throughout his 25-year academic and professional career, Reza is committed to ethical research practices and has garnered a rich collection of certifications and training, including Human Subject Protection, Grant Development, and Clinical Trial Research. Additionally, his information technology (IT) expertise has allowed him to harness cutting-edge technology to optimize data extraction and analysis. He has a profound understanding of the intricacies of laboratory standards, HIPAA regulations, and NIH guidelines, enabling him to navigate the complex landscape of biomedical research. He has also played a pivotal role in training and mentoring research assistants, emphasizing the importance of cultural awareness and compliance with institutional review board policies.