Meeting Dates & Deadlines

The CHA IRB typically meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month, or as needed. In general, applications for convened IRB review are due on the 2nd Wednesday of each month prior to the meeting. Please see the table below for the current calendar year deadlines.

The electronic version of the IRB application must be submitted to the by 2pm on the deadline date. The original hard copies, including all appendices and original signature submission forms, are due in the office within five (5) business days of the electronic submission. The submission will not be processed until the original hard copies are received.

Please send all materials to:

IRB Office
1035 Cambridge Street, Suite 26
Cambridge, MA 02141

To ensure on-time delivery of the hard copies, it is recommend that the application be hand-delivered to the IRB office. The application must be signed by the Department Chief and the PI, and must be complete, including submission of all conflict of interest forms, or it will not be reviewed.

Minimal risk studies (exempt, expedited) do not have submission deadlines. These studies are reviewed in the order of receipt. Please also submit these studies to the and send the hard copy originals to the IRB office at the above address.

Due to limited availability of IRB Reviewer time, we have temporarily adjusted the Submission Deadline to 4 weeks prior to each scheduled IRB Committee Meeting.

Applications for Convened IRB Review - 2021 Submission Due Dates and Meeting Dates:

Submission Deadline Meeting Date
November 9, 2022 December 7, 2022
December 7, 2022 January 4, 2023
January 4, 2023 February 1, 2023
February 1, 2023 March 1, 2023
March 8, 2023 April 5, 2023
April 5, 2023 May 3, 2023
May 10, 2023 June 7, 2023
June 14, 2023 July 12, 2023*
July 5, 2023 August 2, 2023
August 9, 2023 September 6, 2023
September 9, 2023 October 4, 2023
October 4, 2023 November 1, 2023
November 8, 2023 December 6, 2023

*Date changed due to holidays

Contact Us

Ida Rego
Office Contact
P: 617-806-8702
F: 617-806-8710
IRB office mailing address
Cambridge Health Alliance
Institutional Review Board Office
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
J. Glover Taylor
Institutional Official
Chief Compliance Officer

Sarah E. Nelson, PhD
IRB Chair
Erica Dwyer, MD, PhD
IRB Vice-Chair
Michelle Ewahi
Manager, Human Subject Protection and Research Integration
Mercedes Hasan
IRB Analyst

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