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Protecting Human Subjects in Research at MetroHealth

Welcome to the MetroHealth IRB Homepage

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally mandated committee responsible for overseeing research involving human participants. The mission of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. To do so, the IRB relies on the ethical principles identified in the Belmont Report (respect for persons, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice) when reviewing research projects, along with applicable federal regulations. We have been AAHRPP accredited since 2007. 

Please note- all users must have an eIRB account. To set up an eIRB account, please click on the following link and submit the required information:   IRB User Access Requests (smartsheet.com)


2/9/2022:  It has come to the attention of the IRB Staff that in some instances, the IRB system has failed to send notifications to investigators of the pending expiration of their studies.   Investigators and study teams should check the status and pending expiration date of each of their studies as soon as possible in order to ensure they submit required Continuing Reviews in sufficient time to prevent study expiration.  We have notified IS of this problem and will work with the vendor to correct it. 

8/4/2022:  The IRB has created a new template protocol for chart review studies as well as studies using a non-return cover memo as the method for informed consent. This new template protocol can be found in IRB >> Library >> Templates. Please contact an IRB staff member if you have any questions regarding which protocol template should be used. The IRB has also created a guidance document called "IRB Basic Guide" with tips regarding how to minimize common mistakes we are seeing in submissions. This guidance document can be found in IRB >> Help Center >> Guides. Please contact an IRB staff member if you have any questions regarding your submissions. 

Contact Us

Name  Title Phone Email
India Eaton, MS Manager, HRPP Program (216) 778-2021 ieaton@metrohealth.org
James Darnell, MA IRB Specialist (216) 778-7749 jdarnell@metrohealth.org
Bailey Diaz, BA IRB Specialist (216) 778-7742 bdiaz@metrohealth.org
Joanne Fraifogl, BS IRB Specialist (216) 778-8559 jfraifogl@metrohealth.org
Alex Slodov, MA IRB Specialist (216) 778-7575 aslodov@metrohealth.org