If you are on the medical campus please see Med Campus IRB website
The CRC IRB is fully accredited by AAHRPP.
On Charles River Campus:
Assistant IRB Director
The Assistant IRB Director oversees the human research protection program. The Assistant IRB Director works closely with the IRB Chair and the Institutional Official to ensure that human subjects are protected and that the institution complies with its obligations stated in agreements with the federal government.
Assistant IRB Director
The staff support and facilitate the IRB processes. The staff work in different capacities to conduct study reviews, study audits and education sessions for the research community. Please see below to determine which analyst will be handling your IRB submissions. Questions can be directed to them through the contact information listed.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Charles River IRB Office
Shayne C. Deal
Senior IRB Analyst and Reliance Specialist
Senior Quality Improvement (QI) Specialist
Executive Director, Research Compliance
Assistant IRB Director and Clinical Trials Contact
Senior IRB Analyst, Institutional Review BoardEmail Me
The Institutional Official
The Institutional Official (IO) is a senior official who has the authority to commit BU to legally binding terms and agreements with federal agencies. The IO is responsible for ensuring that the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) functions effectively and that the institution provides the resources and support necessary to comply with all requirements applicable to research involving human subjects. The IO appoints the IRB Chair and IRB members and reports unanticipated problems and non-compliance that is serious and/or continuing to federal agencies.
Kathryn Mellouk, Associate Vice President of Research Compliance, serves as the Institutional Official for the Charles River Campus IRB.
IRB Chair & Vice Chair
The IRB Chair and Vice Chair are directly responsible for overseeing the protection of research participants by ensuring the proper review, approval, disapproval or determination of exemption from further review of research protocols submitted to the IRB. The Chairs facilitate the Full Board Committee meetings and ensure that the review process meets regulatory standards.
The IRB Members are responsible for reviewing IRB applications (this includes new studies, amendments, continuing reviews, adverse events and unanticipated problems). The IRB Members bring together a diverse set of experiences and expertise.
Current Expertise and/or School Representation:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Developmental Psychology
- Health Science
- Neuromuscular Research
- Physical Therapy
- Prisoner Research
- Research Regulatory Affairs
- Social Work