Scientific Review Committee

The Scientific Review Committee (SRC) of the Department of Research reviews investigator-initiated research proposals prior to submission to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The mission of the Scientific Review Committee is to improve children’s health by providing guidance and expertise to investigators at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in the development of high quality, feasible, and impactful research studies.

The Committee’s goal is to ensure investigators are successful in conducting high quality, high impact research studies by reviewing proposed research methodology and making recommendations for improvement. The Committee is comprised of Research Scientists and Research Associates from the Departments of Research and the Institute for Nursing Research.

All studies require SRC approval before submission to the IRB except:

  • Multi-centered studies where Connecticut Children’s is a participating site, NOT the lead site.
  • Studies determined to be non-human subjects research. Determination of this status must come from the IRB.
  • Federally funded or other grant funded studies which have undergone scientific review during the grant review process. If not federally funded, determination of this status must come from the SRC and IRB.

If you feel that your study is exempt from SRC review, contact the SRC for determination instructions and to obtain a waiver. Please note that, while the majority of the above studies do not require SRC review, the IRB may request SRC review in some circumstances.

The SRC meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 11:00 am, with the exception of the week between Christmas and the New Year. Meetings are held via Zoom.

To submit a protocol for SRC review, upload your submission when prompted to when entering your study into IRB Manager.

Required Documents

  1. Study Protocol – All submissions must have a written protocol. There is no required format and there is no length requirement. However, the SRC encourages the use of the protocol template provided by the Department of Research to ensure all study components are addressed.
  2. Other pertinent study documents, such as surveys or data collection forms.

Deadline for submission is Tuesday at noon. Studies received by this time will be reviewed at the following week’s meeting. A maximum of three studies are reviewed at each meeting.

Students or Trainees are required to attend the SRC review. Investigators who are not a student or trainee are encouraged, but not required, to attend review. However, the review process is facilitated by having a member of the study group in attendance to answer any questions or provide details to the Committee.

SRC Chair:
Garry Lapidus

SRC Submissions or General Questions: Email us

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