Research Summary Instructions and Template
(Do not submit these instruction sheets)
While no page limits exist for this Research Summary, please be concise in responding to the following categories if a separate, stand-alone protocol exists. But provide enough information so a reviewer can evaluate the proposed research independently of the protocol. Do not simply state: “Refer to the sponsor’s protocol”.
If a separate, stand-alone protocol does not exist, be thorough in your description of each item below so the information you provide includes all of the information available to you to permit the IRB to make its required findings and determinations (45 CFR 46.111 and 21 CFR 56.111). On page 3 of this document there is a template for your convenience.
Check to make sure that the following are adequately covered in the attached narrative sections. The summary should include sufficient information for the evaluation of the proposed study, independent of any other document. Please include additional information that you consider to be important for review by the IRB.
1. Protocol Title – include research summary version date and page numbers on
each page of the summary
2. Purpose of the Study –objectives & hypotheses to be tested
3. Background & Significance – should support the scientific aims of the research
4. Design & Procedures – describe the study, providing detail regarding the study
intervention (drug, device, physical procedures, manipulation of the subject or the
subject’s environment, etc.). Discuss justifications for placebo control,
discontinuation or delay of standard therapies, and washout periods if applicable.
Identify procedures, tests and interventions performed exclusively for research
purposes or more frequently than standard of care. Include alternative therapies,
concurrent therapies discontinued per protocol, risk benefit ratio, and use of
tissue/specimens. Discuss monitoring during washout periods if applicable. Include
brief description of follow-up, if any.
5. Selection of Subjects – list inclusion/exclusion criteria and how subjects will be
6. Subject Recruitment and Compensation – describe recruitment procedures,
including who will introduce the study to potential subjects. Describe how you will
ensure that subject selection is equitable and all relevant demographic groups have
access to study participation (per 45 CFR 46.111(a) (3)). Include information about
approximately how many DUHS subjects will be recruited. If subjects are to be
compensated, provide specific prorated amounts to be provided for expenses such
as travel and/or lost wages, and/or for inducement to participate.
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7. Consent Process – see Section 14 of the e-IRB submission form and complete the questions in that section.
8. Subject’s Capacity to Give Legally Effective Consent – if subjects who do not
have the capacity to give legally effective consent are included, describe how diminished capacity will be assessed. Will a periodic reassessment occur? If so,
when? Will the subject be consented if the decisional capacity improves?
9. Study Interventions – if not already presented in #4 above, describe study-
related treatment or use of an investigational drug or biologic (with dosages), or device, or use of another form of intervention (i.e., either physical procedures or manipulation of the subject or the subject’s environment) for research purposes.
10. Risk/Benefit Assessment – include a thorough description of how risks and
discomforts will be minimized (per 45 CFR 46.111(a) (1 and 2)). Consider physical, psychological, legal, economic and social risks as applicable. If vulnerable populations are to be included (such as children, pregnant women, prisoners or cognitively impaired adults), what special precautions will be used to minimize risks to these subjects? Also identify what available alternatives the person has if he/she chooses not to participate in the study. Describe the possible benefits to the subject. What is the importance of the knowledge expected to result from the research?
11. Costs to the Subject – describe and justify any costs that the subject will incur as a result of participation; ordinarily, subjects should not be expected to pay for research without receiving direct benefit.
12. Data Analysis & Statistical Considerations – describe endpoints and power
calculations. Provide a detailed description of how study data will be analyzed, including statistical methods used, and how ineligible subjects will be handled and which subjects will be included for analysis. Include planned sample size justification. Provide estimated time to target accrual and accrual rate. Describe interim analysis including plans to stop accrual during monitoring. Phase I studies, include dose escalation schema and criteria for dose escalation with definition of MTD and DLT.
13. Data & Safety Monitoring – summarize safety concerns, and describe the
methods to monitor research subjects and their data to ensure their safety, including who will monitor the data, and the frequency of such monitoring. If a data monitoring committee will be used, describe its operation, including stopping rules and frequency of review, and if it is independent of the sponsor (per 45 CFR 46.111(a) (6)).
14. Privacy, Data Storage & Confidentiality – see Section 12 of the e-IRB
submission form and complete the questions in that section.
The Duke University Health System (DUHS) Institutional Review Board for Clinical Investigation (IRB) is duly
constituted, fulfilling all requirements for diversity, and has written procedures for initial and continuing review
of human research protocols. The DUHS IRB complies with all U.S. regulatory requirements related to the
protection of human research participants. Specifically, the DUHS IRB complies with 45 CFR 46, 21 CFR 50,
21 CFR 56, and 45 CFR 160 and 164. In addition, except where in conflict with 21 CFR 56, the DUHS IRB
complies with the Guidelines of the International Conference on Harmonization.
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