Human Subjects Protection Training Program & Educational Resources

As a prerequisite for IRB approval, all human subjects researchers, including staff, students, postdocs and others, must complete Human Subjects Protection (HSP) training, and the HIPAA Privacy Training.  A list of Frequently Asked Questions about Human Subjects Protection Training can be found here.

Educational opportunities such as IRB 101 (a basic course for all coordinators, researchers and any interested staff) and Monthly Investigator Meetings (MIMs) are scheduled regularly. Materials from the meetings are posted below.

Additional Education Opportunities

Monthly Investigator Meeting (MIM) and IRB 101 Presentations (click to view)


March 7, 2024 MIM Presentation

  • Reliance! (Part 1): Explaining IRB reliance situations, the process for requesting them, and the forms that are used.

March 21, 2024 MIM Presentation

  • Reliance! (Part 2): Explaining IRB reliance situations, the process for requesting them, and the forms that are used.



August 24, 2023 MIM Presentation

  •  Rascal Appendix R: Review Process for Protocols involving MRI

August 24, 2023 MIM Presentation

  • MRSC and IRB Review


May 25, 2023 MIM Presentation

May 25, 2023 MIM Video



June 30, 2022 MIM Presentation

  • IRB Submissions: Common Reasons for Returns

May 5, 2022 MIM Presentation

  • Policy on the Conduct of Research with Human Embryos & Human Pluripotent Stem Cells 

March 17, 2022 MIM Presentation 

  • Research with Medical Devices/ In-Vitro Diagnostic Tests (IVDs)



November 18, 2021 MIM Presentation

  • HRPO Updates
  • Q&A Session

October 28, 2021 MIM Presentation

  • HRPO Updates
  • Common reasons for returns 
  • Common noncompliance findings

August 19, 2021 MIM Presentation

  • Reliance agreements

June 17, 2021 MIM Presentation

  • Electronic consent and remote consent

April 15, 2021 MIM Presentation

  • Response to feedback from the research community

March 18, 2021 MIM Presentation

  • Remote Monitoring
  • Important updates on select research policies and guidance documents


December 17, 2020 MIM Presentation

  • Home Study Visits
  • Guidance for the evaluation of research versus quality assurance/improvement activities in healthcare settings

September 24, 2020 MIM Presentation

  • E-consent and REDCap

February 6, 2020 MIM Presentation

  • Update on consent form language and addendum
  • Notifications to past, present, future participants
  • Pre-consent status

January 16, 2020 MIM Presentation

  • Certificates of Confidentiality for federally funded research (beyond NIH)
  • Annual/Progress Report for certain research approved on or after Jan. 21, 2019
  • Posting of consent documents for federally funded clinical trials
  • Consent form confidentiality language for “Epic” studies
  • Reliance aka Single IRB updates/tips


December 12, 2019 MIM Presentation

  • New initiative to decrease the need for review at multiple convened meetings
  • New Rascal feature, the Protocol Tracker
  • Explanation of Annual Report requirements and demonstration how it works in Rascal
  • Clarification about personnel on IRB protocols

May 16, 2019 MIM Presentation

  • Topics include updates on GDPR, “Approval” letters, Reliance processes, Expanded Single IRB requirements, Certificates of Confidentiality, and Informational sessions.

May 9, 2019 IRB 101 Presentation

April 18, 2019 MIM Presentation: Research Ethics

  • Research Ethics: Where are we, How did we get here, and Where are we going?

March 21, 2019 MIM Presentation: Research with Medical Devices

  • Presentation includes information from both the Clinical Trials Office and the Human Research Protection Office about conducting research using medical devices.

February 21, 2019 MIM Presentation: Informed Consent  (includes 2018 Regulatory Requirements for Informed Consent)

  • Informed Consent Basics
  • Review of the Process
  • Documentation of Informed Consent
  • Waivers
  • e-Consent and Remote Consent
  • Special Situations
  • Common Noncompliance Findings Involving Informed Consent

January 24 MIM Presentation: New Rule Information Session - 2018 Regulatory Requirements

  • Regulatory Changes General Compliance: January 21, 2019
  • What you need to know
  • Current Regulations (Pre-2018 Requirements)
  • Regulatory Changes (2018 Requirements)
  • Rascal Changes


December 20 MIM presentation:

  • Regulatory Changes Effective January 21, 2019
  • Revisions to the Incidental Findings from Imaging Procedures Conducted for Research Studies Policy
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Update on Columbia Human Research Protection Program reaccreditation

Introduced in 2003, the Monthly Investigator Meetings provide regular educational opportunities that address current human subjects protection topics.

The objectives of these meetings are:

  1. To help ensure that all human subjects research is conducted in accordance with the federal regulations, in an ethical manner, and with high standards of excellence;
  2. To improve the quality of submissions to the IRB; and
  3. To form a network among researchers, the IRB, and the Office of Clinical Trials for the purposes of facilitating human research.

Selected MIM presentations are posted in Informational Materials

A quarterly informational session for our human subjects research community. 

This session provides:

  • A history of human subjects protection and the ethical principles that guide human subjects research;
  • An overview of the federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in research;
  • Criteria for IRB review;
  • Tips for submitting complete and understandable new protocols, modifications, renewals, and adverse event reports;
  • An overview of the RASCAL system and process;
  • Special considerations for vulnerable populations; and
  • The IRB Review process, continuing review and oversight monitoring at CU.

Who should attend?

  • New research personnel
  • Research Personnel new to Columbia
  • Researcher personnel who have not yet attended Part I of the IRB 101 series in the past
  • All those who wish to gain a historical perspective and learn the ethical and regulatory guidelines for Human Subjects Research

These sessions are intended to focus on both the technical aspects and required content for different types of RASCAL submissions ranging from the creation of consent forms to the submission of specific types of events. These workshops will be hands on, held in a computer lab, and researchers are encouraged to bring their own current submissions to work on during the session.  Workshop topics will be rotated every two weeks, focusing on the Consent Form Builder or Protocol Submissions.  Space is limited because of the nature of these workshops.

IRB Rascal Workshop: New Protocol - More than Minimal Risk
Mon, January 22, 2024 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

IRB Rascal Workshop: Renewal - Annual Report - Modification
Mon, February 26, 2024  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

IRB Rascal Workshop: New Protocol - Minimal Risk
Mon, March 25, 2024  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

IRB Rascal Workshop: Consent Form Builder
Mon, April 22, 2024  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM