University of Iowa Audit Reveals Shortcomings in its Human Subjects Research Program

University of Iowa Audit Reveals Shortcomings in its Human Subjects Research Program

The University of Iowa (UI) generates $467 million in external research funding for research—reaching an all-time high for the academic medical research center. However, those dollars could be at risk—along with a prestigious research program. Why? UI recently concluded an audit, which found some troubling observations in regard to administrative efficiency, productivity and business priority—or the lack thereof. Consequently, UI’s competitive positioning among its academic medical research center peers may be less than desired.  Full Institutional Review Board (IRB) application processes can take materially longer than the national median—making UI a candidate for transformation of at least some aspects of its research program—its culture, leadership, and way of conducting the business of research.

UI Takes a Month Longer

This audit of UI’s Human Subjects Research division revealed that the IRB application, review and approval process can take literally a month longer than the median average nationwide—a disturbingly high deviation from the norm. The audit team discovered that the at UI the median duration for the full IRB review and approval was 77 days as compared to the ...

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