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Institutional Review Board Members

IRB members are appointed by the Director of the Human Subjects Protection Program and are selected for their experience and expertise, as well as for their diverse backgrounds. Panel 01 generally meets on the first Monday of the month, Panel 02 generally meets on the the third Monday of the month and CICATS panel generally meets the 4th Thursday of the month, as needed, and reviews only  CICATS research.

Meeting dates and submission deadlines may be adjusted due to holidays therefore investigators should always refer to the published schedules. Note that the submission deadlines only apply to studies that require full board review (either initially or at the time of continuation). Studies that qualify for expedited review or exempt status are reviewed on an on-going cycle as they are received.

Each member who is assigned as a primary review is provided with an electronic reviewer sheet within IRIS. The help buttons associated to the form addresses the points the IRB should consider as related to the criteria for approval. The forms provided by the PI address the special concerns of involving vulnerable populations in research and the IRB must consider those forms.

Members may find the following documents helpful:

IRB Panel 01 Membership:

  • Kai Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine / Cardiology, Co-Chair
  • Linda Choquette, MSHC, CCRP, Sr. Manager Clinical Research,  JAX
  • Pamela Colwell, B.S., Regulatory Specialist+
  • Alan Curto, J.D., Partner, Halloran & Sage LLP*
  • Terese Donovan, M.S., R.N., Clinical Nurse Education Specialist
  • Julian Ford, Ph.D., Professor Psychiatry, Co-Chair
  • William Kleinman, J.D., Attorney Generals Office*
  • David Pendrys, D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Community Health
  • Deborah Redford-Badwal, Ph.D., D.D.S., Associate Professor, Craniofacial Sciences/Pediatric Dentistry, UConn Health
  • M. Melinda Sanders, M.D., Dept. Chair, Pathology and Lab Medicine, UConn Health
  • Mitchell Sauerhoff, Ph.D., DABT., Volunteers at UConn Health in Medical Toxicology /Emergency Medicine and School of Pharmacy
  • Meryem Tuncel, M.D., Associate Professor, Hypertension & Clinical Pharmacology
  • Jeffrey Wasser, M.D., Assistant Professor, Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Catherine Wilcox, M.Div., Pastoral Services, UConn Health
  • Andrew Winokur, M.D., Ph.D.*, Professor, Psychiatry

+Patricia Gneiting or Stephen MacKinnon may act as alternate

IRB Panel  02 Membership:

  • Timothy Everett, J.D., M.A., Clinical Professor of Law, UConn School of Law, (Prisoner Advocate)
  • Julian Ford, Ph.D., Professor Psychiatry, Co-Chair
  • Martin Freilich, D.D.S, Professor, Department of Reconstructive Sciences
  • Patricia Gneiting, M.A., Regulatory Specialist+
  • Upendra Hegde, M.D., Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology, UConn Health, Co-Chair
  • Ronald Kadden, Ph.D., M.A., Professor Psychiatry (retired)
  • Agnes Koczon-Jaremko, MD, Director of Research & Clinical Trials, Neuromuscular Center, Hospital for Special Care
  • Dayne Laskey, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor Pharmacy Practice, University of St. Joseph School of Pharmacy
  • Janice Loomis, M.A., Administrator, IRB William W. Backus Hospital
  • Anna Lisa Lucido, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Writer,  The Jackson Laboratory
  • Randeep Mandhadi, B.B.B.S., Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Edmund Mikolwosky, JD, Community Member
  • Eugene Orientale, M.D., Professor, Family Medicine
  • Warren Osterndorf, MA, Assistant Professor of Communications, Eastern CT State University
  • John Vento, M.D., Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics, (retired)

*Pamela Colwell or Stephen MacKinnon may act as alternate

CICATS IRB Panel Membership:

  • Jyoti Chhabra, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Project Manager, Research Program, Hartford Hospital
  • Francis DiMario, Jr. M.D., Division of Pediatric Neurology, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Jayesh Kamath, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychiatry
  • Julian Ford, Ph.D., Professor, Psychiatry, UConn Health, Chair
  • Joan Levine, MPH, Research Compliance, UConn Storrs
  • Kim Radda, R.N., M.A., Director of Research Administration, Institute for Community Research
  • Catherine Wilcox, M.Div., Pastoral Services, UConn Health