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WVU Institutional Review Board (IRB)

WVU OHRP facilitates the operation of two WVU Institutional Review Boards: the Blue Board and the Gold Board.

Full Board Clinical and Non-Clinical Trials and protocol applications requiring IRB review and a quorum must be reviewed at a convened IRB meeting. Amendments for approved full board protocols with changes in risk to subjects and renewals for full board protocols must also be submitted for review at an IRB meeting.

When WVU is not the IRB of Record, a protocol application must be entered in the system and WVU IRB acknowledgement is required for tracking and compliance purposes. Please review the External IRB section of the website for information and requirements.


The WVU IRBs meet at 8:30AM the 2nd (Gold) and 4th (Blue) Wednesday of each month. The deadline for submitting materials is two weeks prior to the meeting date. This schedule may change due to holidays or special events. Please refer to the  2020 Calendar and the 2021 Calendar for specific dates.

NHSR\Flex, Exempt, and Expedited Protocols

NHSR\Flex, Exempt, and Expedited protocol types do not require a quorum and therefore are not required to be reviewed at an IRB meeting. These protocol applications can be reviewed and approved by authorized WVU OHRP IRB Administrators/IRB members at any time.

Note: After initial review by WVU OHRP, the protocol review type may change and review at an IRB meeting may be required. To avoid delays, review the guidance regarding review types and the requirements for each type.

IRB Fees

Fees apply for private or industry sponsored research. Fees do not apply for government agency, non-profit, personally-funded, or WVU-sponsored research. Refer to the Fees page for more info.

IRB Boards

WVU Gold IRB Members

FWA# 00005078
IORG# 0000194
IRB#1: 00000314 (Expires 5/16/2024)

Name Role Affiliation
Lesley Cottrell Chair, Voting Member Pediatrics
Nicholas Shorter Vice-Chair, Voting Member Pediatric Surgery
Daniel Cifarelli Voting Member Scientist
Jane Channel Voting Member Community Member
Lisa Giblin-Sutton Voting Member Pharmacy
Michael Craig
Voting Member Hematology\Oncology
Lisa Fornaresio
Voting Member Center for Cardiovascular Research; Sociology
Wesley Kimble
Voting Member WVU CTSI Data Specialist
Elisa Krackow Voting Member Psychology
TaraChandra Narumanchi
Voting Member Pediatrics
Pavithra Ranganathan
Voting Member
R. Constance Wiener
Voting Member Dentistry
Sam Wilkinson
Voting Member
Johnathan Young
Voting Member School of Public Health

WVU Blue IRB Members

FWA# 00005078
IORG# 0000194
IRB#3: 0002568 (Expires 5/16/2024)

Name Role Affiliation
Richard Vaglienti
Chair, Voting Member
Pain Management; Anesthesiology
Stephen Davis Vice Chair, Voting Member Social Work; Public Health
Christine Bezouska
Voting Member
Community Member
Corey Colyer
Voting Member Sociology & Anthropology
Alan Goodboy
Voting Member Communications
Gerald Higa
Voting Member Pharmacy; Hematology & Oncology
Autumn Kiefer
Voting Member Pediatrics
Paul McCarthy
Voting Member Cardiology
Sam Kisko
Voting Member Non-Scientist - Data Security; IT
Lya Stroupe
Voting Member Nursing; Pediatrics
Chris Waters
Voting Member Dentistry

Alternate Members

Name Role Affiliation
Matthew Riegel Floating Voting Member, Prisoner Consultant Community Member
Padmashree Tirumalai
Floating Member, Scientist