Institutional Review Board (IRB) Fundamentals

October 9, 2023, 9:00am to 12:00pm

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Location: Remote via Zoom. Link will be sent on the morning of the event.

Recordings: This D-Lab workshop will be recorded and made available to UC Berkeley participants for a limited time. Your registration for the event indicates your consent to having any images, comments and chat messages included as part of the video recording materials that are made available.

Date & Time: This workshop runs from 9am-12pm on:

• Monday, Oct 9

Start Time: D-Lab workshops start 10 minutes after the scheduled start time (“Berkeley Time”). We will admit all participants from the waiting room at that time.


Are you starting a research project at UC Berkeley that involves human subjects? If so, one of the first steps you will need to take is getting IRB approval. Numerous questions can come to mind when first negotiating getting a project approved. When should you apply? Does your project require review, and if so, what kind? This course will walk you through the process of getting IRB approval for your project. After this course, you will approach getting your project approved with confidence that will save you time and avoid potential delays.
Specifically, we will:

  • Describe the origins of the institutional review board and its purpose.
  • Introduce you to IRB at UC Berkeley.
  • Walk through the different types of protocols to determine the best one for your project.
  • Create a protocol and explain in-depth the different portions that make up your eprotocol.
  • Discuss the review and amendment process.

Prerequisites: None

Workshop Materials:  IRB slides and

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