Synchronous training sessions

These optional training sessions provide a broad overview of the UWM IRB in general or an in-depth exploration of a specific topic. Attending an in-person or synchronous session does NOT fulfill the CITI human subjects research training requirement for PIs and Student PIs.


Fall 2021 Synchronous Training Sessions – Coming Soon


Spring 2021 Synchronous Training Sessions

Sessions held via Microsoft Teams.

IRB Basics: Friday, January 29, 2:00-3:00 pm
This training session covers a basic overview of the IRB, how to prepare a submission, helpful hints, and a demonstration of I-Manager.

Can’t make it? The majority of this training content is now available in our online, self-paced IRB Basics Canvas course IRB: Ethics & Foundations. Click here for more information and to enroll.

Informed Consent Process and Waivers & Alterations: Friday, February 19, 2:00-3:00 pm
Consent looks a lot different now with Covid precautions and virtual procedures. Learn how to obtain consent and what kinds of waivers you might need to request.

Informed Consent Workshop: The consent form: Friday, March 12, 2:00-3:00 pm
This workshop will go beyond the templates; you’ll learn the art of writing a consent document that your participants can actually understand.

Virtual In-Class Presentations
We also give virtual presentations to individual classes. To request an in-class training session, send an email to irbinfo@uwm.edu. Include the course title, some date/time options that work for you, and what topic(s) you would like us to cover.

If you would like to request an in-class presentation for a class that meets after 4 pm, please let us know as early in the semester as possible. We may not be able to accommodate all evening class requests.


The following courses are not being offered this semester, but will be offered again in the future.

Post-Approval Review.
Every semester, we select certain expedited and more than minimal risk studies for a post-approval review. What can you expect if your study is selected? We’ll go through the process step by step.

International Research.
Doing research abroad can be a daunting task, and there are many special ethical and practical considerations. Come find out what you need to know – BEFORE you go!

Informed Consent Workshops
Informed consent is a crucial part of human subjects research. It is your responsibility as a researcher to ensure that all your study participants understand what they are agreeing to. These workshops will teach you how to obtain truly informed consent. You can sign up for one, two, or all three.

  • Part 2: The consent process.  
    The consent process is not a one-time event that begins with a form and ends with a signature. From recruitment through the end of the study, you’ll learn how to obtain consent ethically and respectfully, and ensure that your subjects are willing, understanding participants. You’ll also have a chance to role-play an informed consent discussion.
  • Part 3: Waivers and alterations.
    In some circumstances, alterations or waivers of consent can be appropriate and necessary to conduct research. Learn when and how to request waivers of consent.