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The following are tips for avoiding delays in the proposal process for studies at Rush University Medical Center.

  • Always allow enough time. For example, for a study to go through the board review, it will take about four to six weeks. An expedited review may take up to two to three weeks. An exemption from continuing IRB review may take two to three business days.
  • Fill out all applicable forms completely. Make sure to read all of the instructions and follow them.
  • When submitting an NIH grant, be sure to submit the latest version to the IRB.
  • If you are doing a project that will involve recombinant DNA, radiation and/or animals, you will need to have review done by additional committees.
  • Be sure to indicate whether your project has been submitted to another committee for review and consideration and be sure to report the outcome. If you are not sure if your project needs additional review, contact the Human Subjects Protection division.
  • Make sure you read through the consent document thoroughly. For example, make sure that there are no typographical errors, use the Rush template and define in lay terminology any medical terminology/procedures.
  • Make sure that you have fulfilled the education requirement. All investigators are required to complete Human Subjects Training. Please note that any investigator who has not attended the required training will not receive their final approval paperwork until the requirement is met.

For more information, contact:

Research Regulatory Operations
Human Subjects Protection
707 S. Wood St.
Annex Building, Lower Level
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5498

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