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Center for Clinical and Translational Science
UMass Chan Institutional Review Board (IRB)

362 Plantation Street,
Ambulatory Care Center, 7th Floor
Worcester, MA 01605-0002


IRB Virtual Office Hours Times/Zoom link:
UMMS eIRB - Home (

phone(508) 856-4261

General questions:

Reliance agreement/External IRB questions:

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Jesica Pagano-Therrien, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC IRB Committee Chair 508-856-3952
Allison Blodgett, PhD, CIP Director of IRB Operations 508-856-4271
Christopher Phaiah, MBA IRB Protocol Specialist 508-856-5324
Crystal Davis, MPH, CIP IRB Protocol Analyst 508-856-5291
Rachel Krebs, CIP IRB Protocol Analyst 508-856-2568
Andrea Robinson, CIP IRB Protocol Analyst 508-856-1573
Heather (Strom) Tessier, MA IRB Educational Specialist 508-856-1926
Kelly Army IRB Protocol Specialist TBA

Federalwide Assurance: 00004009
Expiration Date: 1/4/2027
IRB Registration: 0000160
IRB 1: IRB00000269
IRB 2: IRB00000270

IRB Meetings

All Committee meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Submissions requiring review by the convened IRB are assigned to the first available meeting after the pre-review process is complete and the submission is determined to be ready for full Committee Review.

IRB Metrics

IRB Metrics

Median number of calendar days from submission to review/approval
  2019   2020   2021  
Review Approval Review Approval Review Approval
New Study Exempt   23   15   tba
  Expedited 29 33 35 41 tba tba
  Convened 27 56 28 80 tba tba
Modification Expedited   7   7 tba tba
  Convened 22 27 20 23 tba tba

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