FY 20 UNT IRB Full Board Meeting Calendar


  • Deadline for Application Submission applies to protocols requiring full board review only
  • Does not apply to exempt or expedited protocols
  • Please contact untirb@unt.edu if you have questions related to the review level of your study

Meeting Date

Deadline for Application Submission

Friday, January 31, 2020

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Friday, February 28, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

Monday, March 2, 2020

Friday, April 24, 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

Friday, July 31, 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Institutional Review Board Members

    Gabe Ignatow, PhD, Sociology, Chairperson

    Cynthia Hermann, MD, Student Health and Wellness Center, Vice Chair

    Charles Blankson, PhD, Marketing and Logistics

    Heidemarie Blumenthal, PhD, Psychology

    Case Cagle, JD, Community Member

    Angie Cartwright, PhD, Counseling and Higher Education

    Dina Castro, PhD, Teacher Education and Administration

    Darrell Hull, PhD, Education Psychology

    Elizabeth Oldmixon, PhD, Political Science

    Gayle Prybutok, BSN, MBA, PhD, Rehabilitation and Health Services

    Catherine Ragland, PhD, Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology

    Jennifer Rowe, MLS, Library

    Scott Warren, PhD, Learning Technologies

    Justin Watts, PhD, Rehabilitation and Health Services

  • IRB Membership

    The Common Rule regulations specify that the UNT IRB must have at least five members. Members must represent a variety of backgrounds in order to promote complete and adequate review of the research activities commonly conducted by the institution. Also, the IRB must be sufficiently qualified through the experience and expertise of its members and the diversity of their backgrounds, to promote respect for its advice and counsel in safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects.

    In addition to possessing the professional competence necessary to review specific research activities, the IRB must be able to ascertain the acceptability of proposed research in terms of institutional commitments and regulations, applicable law, and standards of professional conduct and practice. Therefore, the UNT IRB must include persons knowledgeable in these areas. The IRB must include at least one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas and at least one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas. It must also include at least one member who is not otherwise affiliated with UNT and who is not part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution. The nonaffiliated member(s) should be knowledgeable about the local community and be willing and able to discuss issues and research from that perspective. When selecting the nonaffiliated member(s), consideration should be given to the type of community from which UNT will draw its research subjects.

    Initial and continuing reviews of research requiring Full Board approval must be reviewed at a convened meeting of the IRB at which a majority of the voting members are present, including at least one non-scientific member. Every nondiscriminatory effort is made to ensure that the IRB does not consist entirely of men or entirely of women, including the institution's consideration of qualified persons of both sexes, so long as no selection is made to the IRB on the basis of gender. The IRB may not consist entirely of members of one profession. The IRB is authorized to invite individuals with expertise in specific areas to assist in the review of issues that require expertise or perspective beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB. Although these individuals may attend meetings and take part in the discussion of research protocols, they may not vote.

    Prospective IRB members may also be invited to attend one IRB meeting to learn about the IRB review process, but they may not vote at that meeting. An investigator may be invited by the Chair to present additional information to the IRB members about a proposed study, but the investigator may not remain in the meeting for the deliberation and vote. Due to the confidential nature of the IRB proceedings, the IRB members, the IRB staff, an invited investigator, an ad hoc member invited for special expertise, and invited prospective IRB members are the only persons authorized to attend any convened meetings of the UNT IRB.

    The UNT Vice President for Research and Innovation appoints IRB members to serve for 3 year terms and appoints one of the members to serve as Chair. Newly appointed IRB members receive training about how to review proposed research projects and their responsibilities as members of the IRB. The IRB Chair should be a highly respected individual fully capable of managing the IRB and the matters brought before it with fairness and impartiality. The task of ensuring that the IRB is a respected part of the UNT community will fall primarily to this individual. The IRB must be fair and impartial and immune from pressure either from UNT’s administration, investigators whose protocols are brought before it, or external sponsors of research.

  • Conflict of Interest

    No IRB member may participate in the review of any project in which the member has a conflicting interest or in which the appearance of a conflict exists, except to provide information as requested by the IRB. In the case of such a conflict, this should be reported to the IRB Chair and noted in the minutes. A conflict of interest is defined as a conflict between the private interests and the official responsibilities of a person. Examples of conflict of interest include serving on a thesis or dissertation committee for a project being reviewed or holding an ownership interest in an entity where the project is being performed. A member who is required to leave an IRB meeting due to a conflict of interest may not be counted for quorum purposes during his or her absence from the meeting.