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UPDATE: On April 22, 2019 the Wilkes University IRB will begin applying the 2018 Federal Requirements (View Revised Common Rule Regulatory Text) for all new IRB applications. Among the changes are revisions to the requirements for Informed Consent and the addition of a new Exempt category (Category 3) for benign behavioral interventions. The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has provided helpful educational material available here: www.hhs.gov.

In addition, we will transition to a new web-based system, IRB Mentor, for managing IRB applications. On April 22, we will begin accepting applications through IRB Mentor. We will continue to accept email applications until May 19, after which we will accept applications only through IRB Mentor.

To access the IRB Mentor system, simply sign in to the Wilkes Portal (portal.wilkes.edu). Then, find the link for “IRB Mentor” under “Quick Links” on the left-hand side. Additional instructional materials for IRB Mentor will be made available on the IRB Mentor Info Page.

If you have any questions about the transition, please email IRB co-chair Dr. Chris Zarpentine.

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 Subjects Research Training: While the Wilkes University IRB finalizes a permanent replacement to the recently discontinued NIH Protecting Human Research Participants training program, we will temporarily accept any of the following as satisfying the human subjects research training requirement that is necessary to complete before submitting an application.
    • We will accept NIH PRHP certificates that have been issued in the last five years (instead of the previous requirement that certificates be issued within the past three years),
    • We will accept the new PHRP training certificate, which requires a $39.99 fee for each certificate, and
    • We will accept the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training certificate endorsed by NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, which is free to complete.
  • 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.

Meetings for the Academic Year 2018-2019: 

  • Sept. 18
  • Oct. 16
  • Nov. 20
  • Dec. 18
  • Jan. 22
  • Feb. 19
  • Mar. 19
  • Apr. 16
  • May 21


IRB Co-Chairs:

Dr. Jin Joy Mao
Email: irb@wilkes.edu
Phone: (570) 408-7387

Dr. Christopher Zarpentine
Email: irb@wilkes.edu
Phone: (570) 408-4597

IRB University Official: 
Dr. Anne A. Skleder
Senior Vice President/Provost
Phone: (570) 408-4000

IRB Members:

  • Dr. Carole Emilie Baddour
  • Dr. Sofya Chepushtanova
  • Dr. Kalen Churcher
  • Dr. Kurt Eisele
  • Dr. Caroline Fortunato
  • Dr. Ryan Henry
  • Dr. Kathleen Hirthler
  • Dr. Ka Lok Hong
  • Dr. HyeRyeon Lee
  • Dr. Karim Letwinsky
  • Dr. Blake Mackesy
  • Dr. Mary Jane Miskovsky
  • Dr. Ellen Newell
  • Dr. Dominick Trombetta
  • Rev. Bob Zanicky

Contact Wilkes IRB at irb@wilkes.edu

Meetings and Deadlines:

Committee meetings are held monthly. When needed, one summer meeting maybe scheduled. Protocols must be submitted two weeks prior to a meeting date to be considered for review.

Mailing Address: Provost Office, Wilkes University, 84 W. South St. Wilkes Barre, PA 18766.