Texas Tech University

Human Research Protection Program's Update on Cayuse IRB Transition

By Donna Peters

Cayuse IRB was launched to Texas Tech human subjects researchers on January 18, 2016. Since then, researchers have logged more than 200 submissions in the first five weeks with 156 initial (new) submissions, 41 modifications, 24 renewals, and 18 closures.

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) office staff have conducted more than 10 training sessions for campus users. In addition, we have worked with more than 70 individual researchers providing one-on-one training and assistance. The HRPP staff continues to offer help to researchers using the new Cayuse IRB online system. Please contact the HRPP staff at 742-2064 or hrpp@ttu.edu if you need help.

The www.hrpp.ttu.edu webpage has been updated to provide easy access to the Cayuse IRB system. The website continues to provide forms and examples to researchers as they prepare their submissions.

Some users, including the HRPP staff, have experienced some error messages and timing out of the system. These occurrences are less frequent this week. It is a good practice to continually click the SAVE button as you proceed through the submission form.

Thank you to our Texas Tech researchers who have willingly accepted the new Cayuse IRB online system and change. We have been hearing positive feedback from the researchers.

As of March 1, 2016, all Institutional Review Board work will be through the Cayuse IRB system and no paper proposals will be accepted. We have less than 50 old paper proposals still in the review process. We hope to have all work related to paper proposals completed and downloaded into Cayuse IRB by the end of March.

Donna Peters is Manager of the Texas Tech Human Research Protection Program.