Research Education Events with Active Registration

Updates to Common Rule - IRB Regulations

Friday, January 12 and Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 12pm

Changes to the Common Rule, the primary rule regulating human subjects research, go into effect on January 19, 2018. A number of USA IRB policies and procedures will be updated as a result of the changes to the rule. Please note that only studies approved after 1/19/18 will be governed by the new rule; currently existing studies will not transition to the new rule.

Investigators will see a number of changes required under the new rule:

  • Consent forms will now require a concise summary of study activities, risks, and benefits presented to research participants in advance of the body of the consent document. The IRB will not require re-consent, except when other significant changes are made.
  • Additional elements of informed consent are required to be included in consent forms – these will be included in the USA sample consent template document.
  • Minimal Risk studies reviewed via the expedited procedure after the new rule goes into effect will no longer require annual continuing review under the new rule, but will require a very brief check-in with the IRB each year. The requirement to submit amendments and reportable safety events to the IRB has not changed.
  • The Common Rule regulations are separate from FDA regulations. The FDA regulations have NOT changed, so FDA still requires annual continuing review for FDA-regulated studies, even those relatively rare Minimal Risk FDA-regulated studies.

Information about session dates, times, and location (including registration) is available online.

Update to Common Rule - IRB Regulations Informational Sessions Flyer (PDF)

Signup for Charter Bus/Hotel Room for NSF Day at UAB

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sign up for the charter bus or for the hotel room block booking. See below for instructions (for more information, contact Dr. Clive Woods at

For the NSF day Jan 17 in UAB (traveling out late afternoon Jan 16, back late evening Jan 17), please adhere to the following:

  1. Everyone will need Travel Authorization in accordance with their Unit's procedures. Most individuals will not claim any transport cost as the chartered bus is being paid for directly by the respective Colleges (SoC authorizes own-car transport).
  2. After travel is authorized by the Unit, each individual must register for the Event itself at the NSF website:
    The event's Registration fee is a chargeable expense subject to individual Department/College policies.
  3. Do NOT book a hotel room yet. Instructions for accessing the Block Booking at DoubleTree Downtown Birmingham will be circulated in early January (probably Jan 2). A block of 40 rooms has been reserved at rate
    $101 + tax ~ $118.67. The cutoff date for this block is Jan 8, 2018.

Research Services Orientation

Friday, January 26, 8am-1:30pm

All faculty members, particularly new faculty, are invited and encouraged to attend this half-day orientation at the Faculty Club. Attendees will learn about the variety of research services at USA,  hear directly from administrators and staff who support faculty research activities, and participate in active engagement opportunities.

Continental breakfast will be served at 8am; presentations begin at 8:30am. Lunch will be served at 12pm.

Register online by Friday, January 19 (required).

2017-2018 Responsible Conduct of Research Training Series

First Thursdays, 12-1pm (brown bag lunch)

Education in the responsible conduct of research provides a shared understanding of the rules and ethical norms to perform research.   Researchers have both professional and regulatory-related responsibilities to conducting research responsibly, such as practicing scholarly activities and research with integrity.  RCR training aims to develop commonality in building shared values in order to promote a culture of compliance, and empowerment to continue conversations within the work environment. 

Participation:  Faculty, Postdoctoral Students, and Senior Graduate Students are encouraged to participate.   

More information (including registration) is available online.

 If you don't see a research training topic/session open for registration, please check the events calendar for information about the next session being offered.