From:                                         Teller, Alan []

Sent:                                           Monday, October 11, 2010 12:50 PM

To:                                               cuhs-irb@CUMC.COLUMBIA.EDU

Subject:                                     IRB Consultation Hour


Dear Colleagues:

The Columbia University Medical Center IRB Office is pleased to announce the continuation of “IRB Consultation Hour” in a permanent time slot.  This service was implemented in the Fall of 2009, and provides an opportunity for researchers to stop in at the IRB office and meet with an IRB professional to discuss regulatory, policy, and procedural questions. We have always welcomed questions and calls from researchers and this new service provides regularly scheduled hours as a means to increase such interactions.

The sessions are scheduled for every Tuesday from 10 am to 11 am.  No appointment is necessary. The IRB office is located on the 4th floor of the Allan Rosenfield (Mailman School of Public Health) building, 722 W. 168th Street. The consultation service will be held in the 4th floor conference room.

The number of staff members available for consultation will be dictated by the number of individuals who arrive to take advantage of this opportunity to have questions answered face-to-face. Attendees should sign in at the IRB receptionist desk, and will meet with IRB staff in the order of arrival. If situations warrant, individual consultations may be limited to 15 minutes.


Important Note:  If you have questions about a protocol that has already been submitted to the IRB, please contact the staff members who administer the IRB to which the protocol is assigned rather than bringing those questions to a Consultation Hours session.  Staff contact information may be obtained on the IRB website:

Researchers may also call in during these times, to the IRB main number, for consultation: 212.305.5883.

We hope to see you soon!

Brenda Ruotolo
Associate Director, Columbia IRB

George Gasparis
Executive Director, Columbia IRB