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Forms, Templates, and Policies

We are excited to announce that the new electronic IRB submission and tracking system, Cayuse IRB/Human Ethics is now available for use by the entire CHA Research Community.

  • To gain access to this new system, please submit a new user request by completing this Google Form.
  • Once you have an account, you may log in with your CHA credentials: https://challiance.cayuse424.com/
  • You may familiarize yourself with this new system and it’s capabilities by reviewing the documentation in the Cayuse Help Center. Please make an account with your CHA email address. This website contains step by step instructions regarding how to complete a number of different tasks within the system.

We will also arrange for regular virtual office hours where you may stop by to ask any questions you may have.

IRB Application Guidance

These guides help researchers understand human research responsibilities and give insight on the application process:

IRB Policies and Guidance Documents

Section I below lists the most common documents related to new study submissions. If you currently have an active protocol refer to section II. All other forms and templates are in the last section.

I. New Protocol Applications

Forms to be used when preparing a new study for submission to the IRB.

  • IRB Conflict of Interest Form - to be completed by study team members who are not HMS faculty, and are not study team members of a PHS-funded human research study.
  • Department Review Form - required for all new expedited and greater than minimal risk studies
  • Revised Protocol Template for Researchers - a general guide/template to help researchers ensure that the minimum required information is present for IRB review. The document is only a guide; please use in conjunction with the Protocol Development Guidance document above.

II. Previously Approved Applications

Forms to be used to request approval for a change to a previously approved study.

III. Consent and Assent Forms

Other Forms

  • Research Participant Brochures (Harvard Catalyst) - a variety of brochures (available in more than 15 languages) that provide useful information to prospective participants on a range of research topics, including:
    • Should I be a research subject?
    • Research Subject Bill of Rights
    • Social and Behavioral Research
    • CT Scans for Research
    • MRI Scans for Research
    • PET Scans for Research
    • Surrogate Decision-Making in Health Research

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

Lior Givon, MD, PhD
IRB Chair
Sarah E. Nelson, PhD
IRB Vice-Chair
Michelle Ewahi
Manager, Human Subject Protection and Research Integration
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