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 3, 2021 December 1, 2021
December 8, 2021 January 5, 2022
January 5, 2022 February 2, 2022
February 2, 2022 March 2, 2022
March 9, 2022 April 6, 2022
April 6, 2022 May 4, 2022
May 4, 2022 June 1, 2022
June 8, 2022 July 6, 2022
July 6, 2022 August 3, 2022
August 10, 2022 September 7, 2022
September 7, 2022 October 5, 2022
October 5, 2022 November 2, 2022
November 9, 2022 December 7, 2022

*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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