Wilkes University

Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board

UPDATE: Beginning May 20, 2019, all Wilkes University IRB Applications must be submitted through the IRB Mentor system. Applications will no longer be accepted by email.

To access IRB Mentor, login through the Wilkes Portal (portal.wilkes.edu). Then, find the link for “IRB Mentor” under “Quick Links” on the left-hand side. Once you have logged in to IRB Mentor, click the “IRB” tab to access the IRB Mentor Info Page. Wilkes IRB Policies, instructional materials and additional information are available here.

Please also note that as of April 22, the Wilkes University IRB is applying the Revised Common Rule. The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has provided helpful educational material available here: www.hhs.gov.

Please email IRB@wilkes.edu if you have any questions.

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.

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 2019-2020: 

  • Sept. 10
  • Oct. 8
  • Nov. 12
  • Dec. 10
  • Jan. 14
  • Feb. 11
  • Mar. 10
  • Apr. 14
  • May 12 

IRB Chair:

Dr. Blake Mackesy
Email: blake.mackesy@wilkes.edu
Phone: (570) 408-4157

IRB University Official: 
Dr. Terese Wignot
Senior Vice President/Provost

IRB Members:

  • Dr. Carole Baddour
  • Dr. Robin Chard
  • Dr. Sofya Chepushtanova
  • Dr. Kalen Churcher
  • Dr. Kathleen Hirthler
  • Dr. Ka Lok Hong
  • Mrs. Gerri Kaplan
  • Dr. HyeRyeon Lee
  • Dr. Karim Letwinsky
  • Dr. Ellen Newell
  • Dr. Tanya Pyke
  • Dr. Dominick Trombetta
  • Dr. Stephanie Wasmanski
  • Dr. Andrew Wilczak
  • Dr. Chris Zarpentine

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.