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UCAIHS Trainings

Human Subjects Seminar Series
presented by Dr. McCutcheon

The Office of the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects continues its seminar series on the responsibilities of researchers, faculty sponsors and NYU for the protection of human subjects in research. The seminars are open to anyone with an interest in research involving human subjects, and should be of special interest to persons currently conducting research with humans or that are planning to conduct research with humans. Issues discussed at these seminars are relevant to all NYU Faculty, students and administrators that are involved in the research process.

Please register for individual seminars by sending an e-mail to Please include the date and title of the seminar you wish to attend in the subject line of your e-mail.

Seminars will be held at NYU’s Office of Sponsored Programs Conference Room,
665 Broadway, Suite 801. All seminars begin promptly at 12:00pm.


Seminars for Spring 2014 are as follows:

IRB Made Easy* - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 (12-2 p.m.)

Are you a researcher at NYU, or the faculty sponsor for a student research project- or is there someone you know who could benefit from a short session on IRB basics? “IRB Made Easy” is the first in a series of seminars that have been created to help investigators negotiate the submission, review and approval process of human subjects research.

IRB made easy covers:
⇒ Principles of conducting ethical human subjects research;
⇒ Types of review;
⇒ the application process itself;
⇒ Common pitfalls.

*This course is not eligible for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit.

Considerations for Social, Educational and Research Risk/Classroom Based Research* – Wednesday, March 5, 2014 (12-2 p.m.)

Minimal risk means that the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater in and of themselves than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests.

This definition of “Minimal risk” has become the threshold for judging acceptable levels of participant risk. That this definition is somewhat vague is in truth an asset to IRBs, as it allows for the judgment of the merits of protocols on a case-by-case basis. The downside of this is that it may in some instances contribute to an overestimation of the risks in social, behavioral and educational research as these disciplines present risks that are relative rather than absolute.

This seminar will introduce investigators to key issues in minimal risk research and current guidance from the Office for Human Research Protections. The goal is to increase investigators' awareness of and ability to reference important concepts used by IRBs in discussing research participation within a “minimal risk” framework.

*This course is not eligible for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit.

Ethical Treatment of Humans as Research Subjects (IRB for RCR) - Wednesday, April 2, 2014 (12-2 p.m.)

Are you considering participating in a research study? Do you have questions about what are your rights as a research subject? Do you wonder what is and is not covered by IRB regulations? Do you need a final credit for your RCR training? If you answer yes to any of these questions, please join the seminar on IRB considerations for Responsible Conduct of Research.

NOTE: This is the only course in this series that can be used for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit.
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Human Subjects

Anyone submitting an application to the NYU University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects (UCAIHS) must complete this tutorial and pass the certification exam prior to review of the application.

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Human Subjects
Certification Exam

The certification exam is required for all researchers to confirm that they have mastered the material in the Human Subjects Tutorial.

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