Wichita Campus Research
All human subjects research on the Wichita campus comes under the auspices of the KUMC Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). Please visit our website at Human Research Protection Program
Research on the Wichita campus can be reviewed either by the KUMC IRB in Kansas City or by one of the IRBs with whom we have reliance arrangements. We are committed to efficiently assisting faculty in Wichita with their study implementation. The KUMC HRPP has a local IRB liaison on the Wichita campus:
Which IRB should I apply to?
Research involving participants in KUSM-W clinics, University of Kansas Health System clinics or community populations in Wichita or Kansas City. (The clinics include KU Wichita Internal Medicine, KU Wichita Internal Medicine Midtown, KU Wichita Functional Medicine, KU Wichita Gastroenterology, and KU Wichita Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, all clinics associated with the Kansas City)
Apply to the KUMC IRB
Research involving patients or patient records from Ascension Via Christi Hospitals (AVC) and clinics
Email the Common Form Application, the Administrative Certification/Scientific Merit Review Form and all study-related materials to:
- Rachel Marsh firstname.lastname@example.org and
- Annette Latta at email@example.com
Research involving patients or patient records from Wesley Medical Center and clinics
- Email the Wesley Reliance Studies Form, Administrative Certification/Scientific Merit Review Form and all study-related materials to Rachel Marsh firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain clearance to use a Wesley IRB.
- After KUSM-W clearance is obtained, follow the application process to the appropriate Wesley IRB as instructed.
Research involving faculty, students or resources from Wichita State University (WSU). If the resources involve personnel or resources from WSU and do not involve patient populations:
- Apply to the KUMC IRB using the KUMC IRB application forms
- Complete the Common Form Application and email it to IRB@Wichita.edu. The Wichita State IRB representative will confirm permission to rely on KUMC.
Use of a commercial IRB (Western IRB or Advarra IRB) or an IRB from another academic institution.
- Obtain clearance from the KUMC IRB Reliance Program. Instructions and resources are at: Reliance on External IRBs
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If the KUMC IRB review is selected above, what level of review is required?
At KUMC there are 5 IRB review and application types:
- Flexible IRB Review
- Projects that are minimal risk and are not associated with federal funding or support may qualify for Flexible IRB Review. Examples include behavioral interventions or minimal-risk biomedical procedures. Flexible IRB review allows abbreviated IRB applications and consent forms, streamlined review by IRB Chair or staff members and elimination of the continuing review requirement. Visit Flexible IRB Review for more detailed information.
- Secondary Research
- Secondary research involves the analysis of data or specimens that have been or will be collected for non-research purposes. Secondary research may also include analysis of data or specimens that were collected under other research protocols. Examples include chart reviews, use of existing specimen repositories, and big data research.
- Exempt Research
- Exempt research involves low risk studies, federally funded or supported, that meet criteria specified by federal regulations. Examples include online surveys, interviews and focus groups, and research on education or curricula.
- Expedited Research
- Expedited research includes studies, federally funded or supported, that meet specific categories in the federal regulations and involve no greater than minimal risk. Expedited review procedures allow the IRB to review without convening a full IRB meeting. Examples include analysis of non-invasive collection of biospecimens, MRI studies, creating a data registry or repository for future studies, or minimal risk behavioral interventions.
- Full-Board Review
- Full-board studies are those that do not qualify for any of four categories above. These studies are reviewed at convened board meetings. KUMC IRB meetings occur four times monthly.
Two charts provide additional help to select the appropriate application form: