About the IRB, Staff, & Affiliates

The IRBs

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Institutional Review Board (UTHSC IRB) is comprised of 6 IRBs, located in Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Sections 1-4 of the IRB meet monthly in 910 Madison, Suite 502, Memphis, TN on the first, second, third, and fourth Wednesdays of the month, respectively. Click "Meeting Schedules" on the left side of your screen for details.

Section 5 of the IRB meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville's Institutional Review Board  external link icon page.

Section 6 of the IRB meets the 4th Wednesday of every month at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga's Institutional Review Board  external link icon page.


The IRB in Memphis has responsibility for the review of research involving human subjects for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Methodist Healthcare-Memphis Hospitals, Regional One Health, and UT Medical Group, Inc.

The IRB in Knoxville has the responsibility for the review of human subjects research at the Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville and the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, an independent not-for-profit organization operated by University Health System, Inc.

The IRB in Chattanooga has the responsibility for the review of human subjects research at the College of Medicine in Chattanooga and Erlanger Health Systems.


The primary function of the IRB is to assist the investigator in the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects. It is necessary for others who are independent of the research to share the responsibility for determining the standards for ethical conduct of research involving human subjects. Investigators, however, carry primary responsibility for assuring that research protocols measure up to standards established by the IRB.


Terrence F. Ackerman, Ph.D.
(901) 448-4824

Cameron Barclay, MSA, CIM, CIP
(901) 448-4824

Kimberly Prachniak, MS, CIM, CIP
Associate Director
(901) 448-5060

Virginia Calvo-Torres, BS, CCRP, CIM
IRB Compliance Advisor
(901) 448-2933

Margaret Sularin, LMSW, RDN, CCRP, CIM, CIP
Sr. Regulatory Specialist
(901) 448-5463

Holly Herron, CIM
IRB Administrator
(901) 448-5920

Donna Stallings, CIM
IRB Administrator
(901) 448-3805

Melanie Saucier
Research Administrative Assistant
(901) 448-4824 or (901) 448-2636

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IRB Affiliates

Methodist Healthcare - Memphis Hospitals /
UTMP (UT Methodist Physicians)

Rexann G. Pickering, Ph.D., CIP, RN
Administrator, Human Protection
(901) 516-2323
Institutional Requirements

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Sheon Lynch, MSA, MT (ASCP)
Administrative Director
(901) 287-6208
Institutional Requirements

Regional One Health
Maria van Werkhooven, BVM, FACHE
Director, Office of Medical Research
(901) 545-7453
Institutional Requirements

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