Birmingham VA Health Care System (BVAHCS) Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Birmingham VA Health Care System IRB is the internal IRB of Record for all research involving human subjects in any area owned or leased by the Birmingham VA Health Care System. The goal of the Birmingham VA Health Care System IRB is to assure the rights and welfare of the human subjects are adequately protected. The IRB reviews new protocols and then monitors them by performing annual reviews and considering all requests for modifications, adverse events, protocol violations and safety concerns. Research Protocols involving human subjects require review and approval by an Institutional Review Board and the Research and Development Committee (R&DC) before any work is initiated.

BVAHCS IRB Additional Information:

All BVAHCS IRB Forms can be found at www.gov.irbnet.org under Forms and Templates. Be sure to select the Birmingham VA Health Care System Institutional Review Board Library.

BVAHCS Full Board Meeting Dates:

  • The BVAHCS IRB usually meets every second and fourth Wednesday of every month, occasionally dates are subject to change.

  • All submissions should be received by the IRB at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting date.

**IRB meeting dates are based on the availability of the IRB membership to maintain quorum. Dates are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.

For any questions or concerns, contact the IRB Administrator at 205-933-8101, ext. 5393 or by email at Latanya.Higginbottom@va.gov.

Birmingham VAHCS IRB Contacts:

IRB Chair – Joshua Richman, MD/PhD

Email: Joshua.Richman2@va.gov
 

IRB Administrator – LaTanya Higginbottom, MS

Email: Latanya.Higginbottom@va.gov

 

Privacy Officer – Kim Moses

Email: Kim.Moses@va.gov

 

Information Systems Security Officer – John Wiggins

Email: John.Wiggins2@va.gov

 

Information Systems Security Officer – Alicia Catney

Email: Alicia.Catney@va.gov