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Mission and Introduction

The Mission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research is three-fold. 

First, to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects through project review.

Second, to foster compliance with institutional policy and federal regulations by facilitating institutional personnel’s efforts in utilizing living human subjects for research, education and other scholarly pursuits that are systematically designed and endeavoring to contribute to knowledge in the respective field.

Third, to provide education to institutional personnel on the ethical use of human subjects.

Helping researchers and instructors to be stewards of the trust of our human subjects is of paramount concern.

  • Human Subject Ethics Training: Please consider taking the National Institutes of Health online research ethics course (NIH). This is a free, comprehensive ethics training program for researchers conducting research with human subjects.
  • IRB Policies, Regulations, and Rules: This document provides an introduction to help you navigate the IRB review process. Read this before you create an IRB submission.
  • Wilkes University IRB Application: This online application is required for an IRB submission.
  • Meetings and Deadlines: The IRB meets on a monthly basis. The deadline for receipt of IRB submissions is two week prior to the meeting.


IRB Chair: Dr. Jonathan D. Ference
Phone: 570-408-4271

IRB University Official: Dr. Therese Wignot, Interim Provost
Phone: 570-408-4000

IRB Members:
Loretta Bilder, Nursing
Kurt Eisele, Education
Jonathan Ference, Pharmacy
Linda Gutierrez, Biology
Kathleen Hirthler, Nursing
Dana Manning, Pharmacy
Rev. Marcelle Dotson, External Member
Erin McHenry-Sorber, Education
Mary Jane Miskovsky, Nursing
Kathleen Provinzano, Education

Meetings and Deadlines:

Committee meetings are held the third Thursday of every month from 11a.m. - 1 p.m. (except December and April). When needed, one summer meeting maybe scheduled.  Protocols must be submitted two weeks prior to a meeting date to be considered for review.

Fall 2013 Meeting Dates:
Thursday, September 19
Thursday, October 17
Thursday, November 21
Thursday, December 12
Spring 2014 Meeting Dates:
Thursday, January 16
Thursday, February 20
Thursday, March 20
Thursday, April 24
Thursday, May 15

IRB Office Support Staff: Mrs. Kelly Clisham
Email: kelly.clisham@wilkes.edu
Phone: 408-4241

Mailing Address: Wilkes University IRB/Attn: Mrs. Kelly Clisham, Weckesser Hall Room 206, 84 W. South Street, Wilkes-Barre PA 18766.

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