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Use new software for research with human subjects beginning Oct. 29

Beginning Monday, Oct. 29, all new Institutional Review Board protocol applications should go through a new software system, IRB Manager, which is replacing Kuali Coeus.

The new software will be used for the entire lifecycle of research with human subjects — from the development and submission of protocol applications by researchers, to the review of the applications by the Institutional Review Board through approval, amendment, renewal and eventual closure.

Although the IRB Manager software is intuitive, faster and easy to use, the following two informational sessions are planned to assist users:

• Monday, Oct. 22, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Research and Technology First-Floor Conference Room on Main Campus; and

• Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Center for Creative Education Room 0111.

Despite its name, IRB Manager allows for the full suite of compliance processes to be handled in one system. After the rollout of IRB is complete, implementation for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and Institutional Biosafety Committee processes will begin.

“While the rollout of IRB Manager was set to begin in January, we recently learned that support for Kuali Coeus was ending in October,” Dr. Rick Francis, director for research advancement and information systems, said. “Therefore, we accelerated the timeline and certainly appreciate the initial enthusiasm of those using this new software system, which is easy to navigate and offers significant benefits.”

More information about the software, including frequently asked questions, is available here.

Additionally, IRB staff members may be contacted as questions arise, and system administrators Jamie Van Natta (jamie.vannatta@utoledo.edu) and Francis (rick.francis@utoledo.edu) are available to answer questions about the implementation.

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