The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is comprised of 4 sections. All 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.
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.
Cameron Barclay, MSA, CIM, CIP
Kimberly Prachniak, MS, CIM, CIP
Virginia Calvo-Torres, BS, CCRP, CIM
IRB Compliance Advisor
Margaret Sularin, LMSW, RDN, CCRP, CIM, CIP
Sr. Regulatory Specialist
Margaret Caufield, M.Ed.
Laura Rush, MPH
Holly Herron, CIM
Donna Stallings, CIM
Research Administrative Assistant
(901) 448-4824 or (901) 448-2636
Methodist Healthcare - Memphis Hospitals /
UTMP (UT Methodist Physicians)
Rexann G. Pickering, Ph.D., CIP, RN
Administrator, Human Protection
UTHSC IRB office
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-4824
Fax: (901) 448-5103