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Roads to the Human Subjects Protection Program (OPRS and IRB)

0.75 credits


Full course description

The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance- Georgia CTSA and Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute -SC-CTSI have collaborated to provide free, high quality educational programs for clinical research professionals at novice to expert levels of experience. At the completion of each course or program, participants earn contact hours recognized by a certificate and/or badge.


The course reviews one systems structure of the OPRS and IRB and program-wide policies for the conduct and review of human subjects research as well as training programs.

Course Topics

  1. Human Subjects Protection Program – Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS)
    • OPRS purpose: educating the research community to ensure they understand what is required in research involving human subjects, and the policy and procedures affiliated with it.
  2. Institutional Review Board (IRB)
    • IRB: Oversight body including standing committees charged with reviewing research involving human subjects. Functions as a surrogate human subject advocate.
      • IRB member qualifications
      • Human subjects research must be approved by the IRB before research begins
    • USC IRB and OPRS structure
  3. Educational and Work Experiences for OPRS and IRB
  4. Career pathway of the current Director of the OPRS


Julie Slayton, JD, PhD is Director of the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects. She is responsible for AAHRPP re-accreditation, reviewing and developing policies, identifying and implementing best practices, and fostering research ethics education for USC. Dr. Slayton previously served as the Chair of the University Park Campus Institutional Review Board and currently serves as a member of the faculty and planning committee faculty for the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) Conference. Dr. Slayton is Professor of Clinical Education at USC Rossier, where she teaches in the Leadership EdD program. She is a qualitative researcher, focusing on the quality of instruction provided to children in elementary school classrooms and adults in professional development settings. Prior to her tenure at USC, Dr. Slayton worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District as the Director for Research and Planning and the Executive Director for the Office of Strategic Planning and Accountability, where she directed research and policy analysis related to the implementation of instructional policies and programs in the District. In addition, Dr. Slayton practiced law and was a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on Federal and State laws pertaining to students’ constitutional rights on campus and inter-agency information sharing regarding juveniles who are at risk of or already engaged in delinquent behavior. She holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego, a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, and a Ph.D. from the U.C.L.A. Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

Learner Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Audience: This symposium is designed for Clinical Research Assistant/Associates or Clinical Research Coordinators in academia, clinics, hospitals, industry, or CRO with 1- 2 years of clinical research experience. Individuals may be new to clinical research with limited knowledge of clinical trial conduct, good clinical practices, regulations, and common terminology associated with clinical research.

Contact Hours:

Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Attendees to this CNE activity will be awarded 0.75 contact hours by ENPDC. No conflict of interest has been found with the speaker for this CNE activity nor with the members of the planning committee.

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Program Information: This is the fourth course in a five (5)-course program. To complete the entire program and earn a badge CLICK HERE.



Learner Disclosures:

Accreditation Status: Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

Financial Relationships: ENPDC has evaluated everyone who has the ability to control content of this activity (planning committee members, subject matter experts, presenters) and found that no relevant financial relationships exist.

Awarding Contact Hours: To obtain contact hours participants must:

·       Review the entire activity

·       Pass the quiz

·       Complete the evaluation at the end

Certificates will be distributed at the end of the evaluation.


Enduring Materials Dates:


·       Start Date: 4/22/2024

·       Expiration Date: 4/22/2027

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