Training and Education

Training on the involvement of human subjects in research is mandatory at Saint Louis University. 

All faculty, staff, students and collaborating researchers who conduct human subjects research must complete the Collaborative Institutional Review Board Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Training at their website or provide documentation of having completed a comparable human subjects research training course. 

Investigators who have completed a human subjects research training course other than CITI may provide a copy of their training certificate to the IRB Office with their IRB application or to irb@slu.edu. The IRB will determine whether the training course satisfies the mandatory education requirement. 

CITI Registration Instructions

For CITI training, register at citiprogram.org.

There is a course for biomedical research, a course for social/behavioral research and a course for external collaborators (non-SLU collaborators who don't routinely do research, but are helping to conduct a particular study). Complete at least one of the courses as it relates to you and your research. You must satisfactorily complete all modules and quizzes in order to pass the course.

  • Biomedical research: Individuals who conduct any biomedical research should select this course during the registration process.
  • Social/behavioral research: Individuals who conduct only social/behavioral research should select this course during the registration process. 
  • External collaborator: This course is for non-SLU collaborators, such as community partners (not SLU faculty, staff or students), who are assisting on a SLU research project who don't routinely do research and have been instructed to take this course. Those who routinely partner on SLU research should select the biomedical or social/behavioral research basic courses instead of this course.

CITI registration instructions to create a new account 

CITI registration instructions to link an existing account to SLU 

CITI registration instructions to take an additional course

Save the training completion report for your records. If CITI training is taken with your SLU email address and Banner ID, the IRB will also have record of your training. Documentation of an approved educational program must be on file with the IRB Office before research on human subjects may begin.

GCP Training: Mandatory for NIH-Funded Biomedical or Behavioral Health Clinical Trials

GCP training focuses on quality standards for designing, conducting, recording and reporting research to help assure the safety and integrity of studies. The IRB recommends all researchers train on the principles of GCP and industry sponsors may require it, but the course is only mandated for investigators conducting NIH-funded clinical trials.

The NIH Policy on Good Clinical Practice Training for NIH Awardees Involved in NIH-funded Clinical Trials (NOT-OD-16-148, effective date Jan. 1, 2017), mandates GCP training every three years for all investigators and study staff of NIH-funded clinical trials.

A clinical trial is defined by NIH as "a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes." Download and read a document outlining the full NIH interpretation.

SLU researchers are able to take the CITI GCP training (GCP Basic or GCP Refresher Training) to satisfy these requirements. Comparable courses may also be accepted, such as:

Documentation of comparable training must be submitted to the IRB for review/acceptance and to enter into our database so training will automatically appear in eIRB applications. 

Importantly, investigators who are subject to the NIH GCP Training Policy and are found to be out of compliance may be asked to halt activities on NIH trials until compliance is restored.

Note that GCP course completion does not count toward the mandatory IRB/human subjects protections education requirement noted above.

Optional IRB Courses/Continuing Education

The IRB maintains an education program that features routinely offered introductory sessions, periodically offered special topic sessions and customizable courses that can be brought into the classroom or research unit upon request.

The IRB can also offer informational sessions to community groups. See additional information on the For Research Participants page of the IRB website for more information.

In-Person

You can request customized sessions or presentations, from a fifteen-minute "Who We Are" IRB introduction to a lengthier session or series of sessions fully tailored to your unit's needs. Instructors interested in scheduling an IRB education session for your students, or departments interested in scheduling a session for faculty or staff, contact the IRB at 314-977-9813.

Online

Online workshops are routinely offered and are open to all SLU affiliated research personnel, including faculty, staff and students.   

Visit the calendar for upcoming sessions. For more information or to RSVP to any of the workshops, call 314-977-9813 or email millinrm@slu.edu

IRB Submitter 101
  • Format: Offered regularly online. 
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Course description: This introductory course will cover the basic history and mission of the IRB, how to determine which projects need review, choosing the appropriate forms to submit, basic information on the submission and approval process, and tips for successful submissions.
  • Is this course for me? Submitter 101 is for SLU students and staff newly involved in research (or those looking for a refresher), who are interested in learning the basics of human subjects research and submitting to the IRB
eIRB 101
  • Format: Offered regularly online.
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Course description: This course will cover how to use the electronic IRB (eIRB) submission system, including how to manage protocols and their subsequent submissions, obtain appropriate signatures and approvals, and other system tips and tricks.
  • Is this course for me? eIRB 101 is for anyone who is interested in learning the basics of using the IRB's electronic submission system.
IRB Classroom 101
  • Format: Offered in-person, by request
  • Length: 30 to 60 minutes (or as requested)
  • Course description: Classroom 101 course content is specifically tailored to the needs of the requestor. Possible topics can range from an introduction to the IRB (mission and foundations), how to navigate the IRB process and prepare a submission, and tips and tricks for IRB success. An interactive "Be the IRB" case study game is also available.
  • Is this course for me? This tailored session is designed to meet a wide range of needs for instructors or departments looking to have IRB topics presented to their group.
IRB: Who We Are
  • Format: Offered in person, by request
  • Length: 15 minutes (or as requested)
  • Course description: This course is meant to be a high level summary of the IRB's mission, purpose and primary function at SLU. It briefly covers what projects require IRB review, how to submit to the IRB, and other practical basics so attendees are familiar with the IRB and know where to go for more information/assistance.
  • Is this course for me? This general session works well for new graduate student, resident and new faculty orientations or others needing a short, high-level introduction to the SLU IRB.
IRB Bootcamp
  • Format: Offered in-person, by request
  • Length: 45 minutes (or as requested)
  • Course description: This course covers department-specific information on how to navigate the IRB process, including tips on choosing the appropriate forms to submit, information on the submission and approval process, and tips for successful submissions and conduct of research. Unlike the routinely offered Submitter 101 course, the IRB Bootcamp session is tailored to the most common types of research done in the unit and highlights common pitfalls and ways to avoid them; it is less comprehensive/general than Submitter 101. IRB Bootcamp can also be conducted jointly with departmental personnel who want to include internal requirements, such as pre-review requirements, in the session.
  • Is this course for me? This tailored session is designed for instructors or departments looking to have IRB topics presented to their group in a targeted, practical session to meet their unique needs.
IRB Brown Bag Series
  • Format: Typically offered in-person, but online as noted on the calendar
  • Length: 90 minutes, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted
  • Course description: This continuing education series is designed to provide the SLU research community with in-depth understanding and discussion concerning the latest policies, procedures, and requirements pertaining to human subjects research. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or a snack to enjoy during the session.
      • The Brown Bag Conversations series offers sessions that focus less on traditional lecture and more on facilitated discussion that may promote advancement of human subjects research protection at SLU.
  • Is this course for me? Brown Bag sessions are for anyone who conducts research or submits materials to the IRB. This includes SLU investigators, study coordinators, and any student, staff or faculty member looking for continuing IRB education.