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The Institutional Review Office (IRO) functions as the central office for managing the ethical review and approval of human or animal studies conducted at Fred Hutch, with specific responsibilities for supporting the Institutional Review Boards and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The Director ensures compliance with all external regulations, best practices, and internal policies, and serves as a liaison between the committees and the research community. The Fred Hutch IRB is the IRB of record for the Fred Hutch-University of Washington consortium greater-than-minimal-risk oncology studies. Through close collaboration with the committee chairs and members and the IRO staff, the Director maintains an efficient and effective operating framework for the day-to-day operations of the committees and the office.
The Director is a key member of the leadership team of the Vice President for Research Administration and Faculty Affairs and works in close collaboration with other offices and entities that support clinical and basic science research, including Clinical Research Support, Integrated Research Centers, interdisciplinary programs, Conflict of Interest, Office of Sponsored Research, Office of General Counsel, the scientific divisions, and Center executive leadership. The Director also works closely with counterparts at the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The Director is responsible for maintaining the voluntary accreditation status of the human and animal research programs, is a primary point of contact for federal agency inquiries and correspondence, and is responsible for the management and negotiation of institutional reliance agreements, in consultation with the Office of the General Counsel. The Director is expected to work collaboratively with faculty leaders, individual faculty and study staff, and Division Directors.