Research Integrity Office
All Principal Investigators, all Co-Investigators, and all research staff are required
to receive training regarding the protection of human research subjects prior to beginning any human research-related activities. This training will be verified prior to iRIS access being granted.
- HUMAN SUBJECT PROTECTION TRAINING:
Each person conducting or assisting in the conduct of a research project that involves
human participants is first required to complete training on ethical and regulatory
The course currently approved by TTUHSC is the web-based Course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects—Biomedical Investigator administered by the University of Miami through the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI).
To begin the on-line course, go the following web site: www.citiprogram.org and select "Register for the Course." After selecting Texas Tech University Health
Sciences Center as your institution, you will be directed to select a Username and
Password. On the CITI registration page you will need to select "Biomedical Investigator
Course Only"; you will then have access to the required modules.
NOTE: PLEASE USE YOUR TTUHSC EMAIL ADDRESS FOR REGISTRATION AT WWW.CITIPROGRAM.ORG
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to download a course transcript.
TTUHSC is also notified of your successful completion of the course. You will be required
to achieve an overall score of at least 80% to successfully complete the course.
- CONFLICT OF INTEREST TRAINING:
As of August 31, 2013, training regarding financial conflicts of interest in research
will be required of all investigators and coordinators involved in non-exempt human
research. After August 31, 2013, the TTUHSC IRBs will not give final approval for
initial reviews until all investigators and coordinators have completed the training.
TTUHSC is also using CITI COI modules for this training. Instructions for completing
the training can be found at - http://www.ttuhsc.edu/research/files/COI_Training_Instructions.pdf
All investigators and research staff are required to renew their education training
on the protection of human research subjects at least once every 3 years. The ability
to submit new projects or continuing reviews of ongoing projects may be limited if
more than 3 years elapse between completion of the course. Renewal training is identical
to the initial CITI course.
Research Integrity Office staff at each TTUHSC campus are available to provide individual
or group training regarding specific issues related to submission and review of research
projects that involve human subjects. These training sessions can be tailored to
the needs of the individual or group with regard to both the time involved and the
content presented. Please contact your local IRB Administrator to discuss your training
For more information on CITI Training, you can visit this link.
For training-related questions, please contact Virginia Smith at (806) 743-2991 or
by email at Virginia.Smith@ttuhsc.edu.
You may also contact your local IRB Office:
- Amarillo (806) 354-5419
- El Paso (915) 215-4162
- Lubbock/Odessa (806) 743-4753