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XII. Education and Training

XII. Education and Training- The IRB and Office of Research Administration provide services to inform the research community on issues related to use of human participants in research and ethics in research, and to make researchers aware of applicable Federal regulations.

1) Educational Activities Aimed at the Research Community at Large- UT Arlington Office of Research Administration maintains an internet website that contains detailed information on the human participants review process as well as links to federal regulations and regulatory agencies, the OHRP Institutional Review Board (IRB) Guidebook, and other guidance documents.

A) Office of Research Administration also maintains a small library of materials that includes the OHRP Institutional Review Board (IRB) Guidebook, federal regulations, and other books and videotapes discussing ethical and regulatory issues relating to human participants research.

B) Application materials are provided with appropriate guidance (e.g., templates, instructional documents, internet links) as a means of educating investigators regarding the proper process for conducting research with human participants.

C) Office of Research Administration schedules and advertises numerous educational workshops throughout the calendar year directed at investigators and their research associates. These workshops cover topics that include UT Arlington policies and procedures as well as federal regulatory requirements.

D) Members of the IRB or Office of Research Administration Staff may present information at meetings in academic departments or give scheduled lectures to emphasize selected aspects of human subject research, and to keep various constituencies abreast of activities of the IRB.

2) Educational Activities Aimed at Members of the IRB- At the time of induction of a new member, the IRB Chair and/or a professional Staff member from Office of Research Administration provides the individual with the procedures of the IRB and the general regulatory framework from which procedures and policies are derived.

UT Arlington provides the opportunities for IRB members to participate in continuing education/training, and to attend conferences/workshops on human participant issues in research. Upon return, these individuals will be expected to provide relevant information to all board members and, as appropriate, the rest of the University community.

Educational Activities Aimed at Investigators / Research Personnel - Prior to conducting human subjects research, investigators will be provided training in the relevant ethical principles and federal regulations pertaining to the protection of human subject research participants. Training will also include subject matter pertaining to institutional policies for protection of human subjects, and policies/procedures of the UT Arlington IRB. Training may be offered online or in person by the IRB Chair or designee.

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