Saint Louis University

The IRB maintains an Education Program that features routinely offered introductory sessions, periodically offered special topic sessions and customizable courses that can be brought into the classroom or research unit upon request.

IRB workshops are open to all SLU affiliated research personnel (including faculty, staff and students). The IRB can also offer informational sessions to community groups. See additional information on the For Research Participants page of the IRB website for more information.

Standard IRB Programs are listed below. Instructors interested in scheduling an IRB education session for your students, or departments interested in scheduling a session for faculty or staff, please contact the IRB at 977-9813. The IRB looks forward to customizing training to meet your unique needs.

Standard IRB Education Programs:

IRB Submitter 101 -  

  • Format: Offered regularly online. Upcoming sessions
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Course Description: This introductory course will cover the basic history and mission of the IRB, how to determine which projects need review, choosing the appropriate forms to submit, basic information on the submission and approval process, and tips for successful submissions. 
  • Is this course for me? Submitter 101 is for SLU students and staff newly involved in research (or those looking for a refresher), who are interested in learning the basics of human subjects research and submitting to the IRB.

eIRB 101 -

  • Format: Offered regularly online. Upcoming sessions.
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Course Description: This course will cover how to use the electronic IRB (eIRB) submission system, including how to manage protocols and their subsequent submissions, obtain appropriate signatures and approvals, and other system tips and tricks. 
  • Is this course for me? eIRB 101 is for anyone who is interested in learning the basics of using the IRB's electronic submission system.

IRB Classroom 101 -

  • Format: Offered in-person, by request
  • Length: 30 to 60 minutes (or as requested)
  • Course Description: Classroom 101 course content is specifically tailored to the needs of the requestor. Possible topics can range from an introduction to the IRB (mission and foundations), how to navigate the IRB process and prepare a submission, and tips and tricks for IRB success. An interactive "Be the IRB" case study game is also available.
  • Is this course for me? This tailored session is designed to meet a wide range of needs for instructors or departments looking to have IRB topics presented to their group. 

IRB: Who We Are -

  • Format: Offered in person, by request
  • Length: 15 minutes (or as requested)
  • Course Description: This course is meant to be a high level summary of the IRB's mission, purpose and primary function at SLU. It briefly covers what projects require IRB review, how to submit to the IRB, and other practical basics so attendees are familiar with the IRB and know where to go for more information/assistance.
  • Is this course for me? This general session works well for new graduate student, resident and new faculty orientations or others needing a short, high-level introduction to the SLU IRB.

IRB Bootcamp -

  • Format: Offered in-person, by request
  • Length: 45 minutes (or as requested)
  • Course Description: This course covers department-specific information on how to navigate the IRB process, including tips on choosing the appropriate forms to submit, information on the submission and approval process, and tips for successful submissions and conduct of research. Unlike the routinely offered Submitter 101 course, the IRB Bootcamp session is tailored to the most common types of research done in the unit and highlights common pitfalls and ways to avoid them; it is less comprehensive/general than Submitter 101. IRB Bootcamp can also be conducted jointly with Departmental personnel who want to include internal requirements, such as pre-review requirements, in the session.
  • Is this course for me? This tailored session is designed for instructors or departments looking to have IRB topics presented to their group in a targeted, practical session to meet their unique needs.

IRB Brown Bag Series - 

  • Format: Typically offered in-person, but online as noted on the Workshops Calendar
  • Length: 90 minutes, held from 11:30am - 1pm unless otherwise noted
  • Course Description: This continuing education series is designed to provide the SLU research community with in-depth understanding and discussion concerning the latest policies, procedures, and requirements pertaining to human subjects research.  Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or a snack to enjoy during the session.
    • "Conversations" - The Brown Bag "Conversations" series offers sessions that focus less on traditional lecture and more on facilitated discussion that may promote advancement of human subjects research protection at SLU.
  • Is this course for me? Brown Bag sessions are for anyone who conducts research or submits materials to the IRB. This includes SLU investigators, study coordinators, and any student, staff or faculty member looking for continuing IRB education.

How to Register:

Visit the Workshop Calendar for upcoming sessions. For more information or to RSVP to any of the workshops, please call 977-9813 or email