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JANUARY 2019

BY THE NUMBERS 

IREx USER SPOTLIGHT 

In this month's IREx User Spotlight we are excited to feature, Bryce Embry, Senior Application Developer for the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR).

Bryce is the reason all of your IREx feature requests become reality so we wanted to share his experiences working behind the scenes on IREx.
We asked Bryce what he enjoys most working behind the scenes for IREx and he said, "working on IREx is a great job -- one where you do meaningful work with good colleagues. It's a blessing to develop software that fills a real need, and I love the potential that our system has for improving collaboration nationwide." He says the best part about working behind the scenes to build IREx is the people, "Everyone on the team is a pleasure to work with and does a great job of pushing us forward without driving each other crazy, and we often end up with chocolate goodies at the team meetings. What's not to love about that?"
Bryce spends a lot of time working on system improvements. We asked what upcoming features he's working on that will be a huge benefit to IREx and he said, "the API [application programming interface] we are developing will be a fantastic tool" that lets "users push data into IREx, ...saving them from double-entering data."  Yes, please! What a great idea to help streamline the sIRB process for IRBs.  "Working on the API has helped me see what a challenge is it to share data between IRBs. The more we can standardize our data collection across organizations, the more seamlessly we will be able to collaborate with each other, the further and faster we will be able to go."
We asked Bryce about the most challenging feature he has worked on, "The most challenging feature to build so far has been the Local Context support, but in terms of complexity, I think our current goal of supporting a single study team that engages multiple FWAs ("Performance Groups") will be an even bigger challenge." *Fingers crossed* for smooth sailing! As for the most fun development aspect, Bryce has gone where no Vanderbilt application developer has gone before: "For the most fun, I did something they said could not be done. I started moving IREx onto an updated software platform. Other developers made similar transitions and reported that there was no way to get our older framework to access some features in the new platform, nobody had been able to make it work. After a bit of research and experimentation, I was able to bridge the reputedly uncrossable chasm. That was the highlight of my year."
When Bryce is not working on IREx, in his free time he stays pretty busy with family, woodworking, and music. "I have a blended family with six kids ages 17 to 27 plus two grandchildren, so keeping up with family is a constant pursuit. I also have a little woodworking shop where I build projects for around the house, and most weeks I'm playing acoustic guitar in the worship band at church." 
 
Thanks, Bryce, for being our IREx  wizard and keeping us on the forefront of single IRB platforms!

IREx FEATURE FOR LEAD STUDY TEAMS & COORDINATING CENTERS

*NEW*: You can now view or download a list of Participating Site Personnel that have access to your Study. On the study page, click "Participating Personnel" above the study title to view the list.
REMINDER:
  1. Participating Site Study Teams get access after their HRPP has accessed the study, which may not occur until the study team has completed a local submission.
  2. Study team members can also give access to other study members at their site using the Add/ Remove Study Team Quick Guide.

IREx FEATURE FOR HRPP/IRBs

IREx can be used to share Study-wide and Site-specific Amendments. What's the difference between a Study-wide Amendment and Site-specific Amendment in IREx?

Study-wide Amendment: Changes to the protocol or other study materials (e.g., revisions to consent form) that apply to ALL sites on the study.
Site-specific Amendment: Changes to a single, approved site (e.g., PI change).

 
Watch this *NEW* video on How To Add Study-Wide and Site-specific Amendments in IREx.

NEW OR NEED A REFRESHER? JOIN A TRAINING

Join our interactive training sessions to learn more about IREx. You'll have a chance to meet other users across the nation, ask questions, and watch a live demo.
 
Click a training link below to register or see additional training dates and times.

IREx TRAINING SESSIONS

Using IREx as the Reviewing IRB
Using IREx  as the Relying Site HRPP/IRB
Using IREx as the Lead Study Team/ Coordinating Center
Using IREx to Capture Local Context Information

TIME

Feb 13, 2-3pm ET
Feb 20, 2-3pm ET
Jan 23, 2-3pm ET
Feb 8, 2-3pm ET

You can also request a live IREx demo for your team here.

NEW THIS MONTH

NEW SITES

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Drexel University
Palmetto Health
University Health Systems, Inc. (University of Tennessee Medical Center)

NEW STUDIES

STUDY TITLE
Statistical Methods for Correlated Outcome and Covariate Errors in Studies of HIV/AIDS 


Systemic treatment of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis: A Pilot Study in Advance of a Phase III Clinical Trial

REVIEWING IRB
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The IREx Team would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and co-workers of Amy Kolasa, Reliance Manager at the University of Kentucky, who passed away on January 11, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bluegrass Care Navigators or the Lexington Humane Society
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