SCCR Virtual GCP Workshop: Human Subjects Research vs. Non-Human Subjects Research (HSR)

August 31, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
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SCCR Virtual GCP Workshop: Human Subjects Research vs. Non-Human Subjects Research (HSR) @ Zoom Class URL Below

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Presenters: Allison Gerger and Dianne Ferris 

The mission of the Stanford Center for Clinical Research (SCCR) includes offering educational resources, training, and support for investigators and research staff.  We have invited Allison Gerger, and, Dianne Ferris, from Stanford Research Compliance Office (RCO) to present you with the definitions that the Institutional Review Board (IRB) uses to make human subjects research determinations and review types of projects that do not meet these definitions.  This course will include real-world examples to test participants’ knowledge, as well as provide resources for use in the future.

At the conclusion of this class, you will be able to:

  • Better understand the definitions the IRB uses to make these determinations
  • Recognize examples of common projects that do NOT meet the definitions of human subject research
  • Submit to the Stanford IRB for HSR determination in e-Protocol
  • Locate human subjects research-related guidance on our website
  • Determine who to contact should you have any questions in the future

Attendance is open to all research staff

About the Instructors:

Dianne Ferris, is a Sr. Quality and Compliance Manager within the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) division of the RCO.  She joined Stanford in this role in 2018 and conducts various quality and compliance reviews within the IRB as well as external consent form audits and compliance reviews.  Dianne earned a Master’s Degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Dartmouth Medical School with a focus on carcinogenesis and growth factor signaling.  After graduating, she worked for Dartmouth’s IRB Office for 6 years as a Senior IRB Analyst, and then moved to their Cancer Center as their Regulatory and Compliance Officer. Dianne has a special interest and expertise in writing consent forms and conducting effective consent discussions and has presented on this topic at various conferences around the country.

Allison Gerger, is the Program Development Lead for the Research Compliance Office (RCO).  She leads the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) division, which is responsible for designing, overseeing, and implementing a program to evaluate, track, and monitor the effectiveness of the Stanford RCO to ensure the rights and welfare of research subjects and compliance with applicable laws.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gannon University, Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh, and Registered Nurse licensure from the Community College of Allegheny County.  Allison has over 15 years of combined experience in research, research administration, and research compliance.


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