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
December 6, 2023 January 3, 2024
January 10, 2024 February 7, 2024
February 7, 2024 March 6, 2024
March 6, 2024 April 3, 2024
April 3, 2024 May 1, 2024
May 8, 2024 June 5, 2024
June 12, 2024 July 10, 2024 *
July 10, 2024 August 7, 2024
August 7, 2024 September 4, 2024
September 4, 2024 October 2, 2024
October 9, 2024 November 6, 2024
November 6, 2024 December 4, 2024

*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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