The Human Research Protection Program has dedicated resources to assist you with:

  • Human subject-related questions you may have as you prepare a proposal for submission to a sponsor

  • Writing a human subjects protocol application that meets regulatory requirements

  • Preparing for a regulatory site visit by the FDA or study sponsor

  • Ensuring your research practices meet regulatory standards and adhere to your protocol via the Quality Assurance / Quality Improvement program.

Contact us to request any of the above!

Visit our Learning Library to access past workshops and presentations

Upcoming IRB Workshops


1. January 2021

HRPP Q&A Sessions


HRPP will be holding virtual open hours to answer your individual questions regarding human research protections, IRB submissions and policies and procedures at Brown. RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. RSVP required | Zoom link sent upon registration

Monday, January 25th: 10:30 - 11:00 | 11:00 - 11:30 | 2:00 - 2:30 | 2:30 - 3:00
Tuesday, January 26th: 11:00 - 11:30  | 11:30 - 12:00 | 3:00 - 3:30 | 3:30 - 4:00
Wednesday, January 27th: 11:00 - 11:30  | 11:30 - 12:00 | 3:00 - 3:30 | 3:30 - 4:00
Thursday January 28th: 10:30 - 11:00 | 11:00 - 11:30 | 3:30 - 4:00 | 4:00 - 4:30
Friday, January 29th: 10:30 - 11:00 | 11:00 - 11:30 | 1:00 - 1:30 | 1:30 - 2:00

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Virtual Love Data Week Presentations

Monday, February 8th

12-1 PM Talk: “Using Big Data to Understand Upward Mobility”

Dr. John N. Friedman, Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs, will explore the ways in which big data can be used to understand economic inequality and the lack of social mobility in the US, and how policy may be able to help. 

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2-3 PM Workshop: “We’re Engaged! Pro Tips for a Successful Collaboration”

Sheila Vandal, IRB Manager, will introduce you to IRB Authorization Agreements (IAAs) for collaborative research. She will walk you through the steps of establishing a reliance agreement from determining engagement to navigating the submission process. You’ll leave with strategies for quicker turnaround times and realistic expectations for your study’s pending partnerships.

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Tuesday, February 9th

9-10 AM Workshop: “Data Sharing in the Age of Covid-19, Racial Disparities, and More” 

Are you curious about how Data Use Agreements (DUAs) are being used to facilitate research on today’s hot topics? Jen Welch, J.D. will discuss DUAs Brown has signed for data related to research on topics such as COVID-19, the opioid crisis, and racial disparities.

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2-3 PM Keynote: Panel on Brown’s Love Data Week Theme “Data: Delivering a Better Future”                                  

Dr. Ashish Kumar Jha, Dean of the School of Public Health and Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and Dr. Megan L. Ranney, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Dean of Brown Institute for Translational Sciences, Director of Brown Institute for Translational Sciences, and Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, will present their perspectives on the role data has played in their work engaging the public and political leaders during the COVID-19 global pandemic as well as their respective research on pressing global and digital health issues facing society such as Dr. Ranney’s research on the gun violence epidemic in the United States.

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Wednesday, February 10th

12-12:45 PM Talk “Extracting Information from Jail Web Sites with Machine Learning”

Dr. Stephen Bach, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, presents on his machine learning research and its applications. Researchers seeking to understand the U.S. criminal justice system suffer from a lack of comprehensive data sets. We are addressing this issue by using machine learning to extract useful information from public jail websites. A major challenge is that machine learning traditionally requires labeled training data, creating a circular dependency. Instead, our system for weakly supervised machine learning (called WISER) learns how to extract information via noisy, human-written rules. This process saves significant human development time, enabling us to tackle problems previously blocked by a lack of training data.

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3-4 PM Data Carpentry Workshop: “Introduction to Using OpenRefine Software for Cleaning Your Data”

Kelsey Sawyer, Biomedical & Life Sciences Librarian and one of the Brown University Library’s certified Carpentries Instructors, will lead an introductory workshop on using OpenRefine software to clean data. No experience using the software is required. Download the open source software in advance for free from

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Thursday, February 11th

10-11 AM Workshop: “Everything You Wanted to Know about FERPA but were Afraid to Ask”

Please join the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) for a discussion on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The discussion is open to anyone and is geared to those who have limited knowledge of FERPA. Please RSVP by sending an email to Sally Mitchell  [email protected].

2-3 PM Workshop: “Research Integrity in the Era of COVID-19”

Keri Godin, Senior Director, Office of Research Integrity presents on Research Integrity in the Era of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges related to research integrity and heightened pressures that could lead to questionable research practices. This session will examine trends in COVID-19 related research in the current research environment and ways to mitigate risk of research misconduct.

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Friday, February 12th

11-12 PM Workshop: “Dashboards, Story Maps, and Experiences”

Lynn Carlson GISP, GIS Manager of Brown’s Environmental and Remote Technologies Lab will demonstrate workflows for conveying information embedded within geospatial data by way of interactive maps, dashboards, and story maps which help decision-makers, researchers, and the public get the answers they need to a wide variety of questions, from locating at risk populations, to allocating resources such as vaccines. The demonstration will utilize a variety of data from the census, the Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS), and other sources.

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2-3 PM Workshop: “Social Media as Data: Tools for Mining & Analyzing Social Media”

Dr. Ashley Champagne, Digital Humanities Librarian and Head, Digital Scholarship Project Planning for the Brown University Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) will present on tools and strategies for analyzing social media and her collaborations with faculty utilizing social media analysis in their research on health disparities.

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