WIRB Connexus

WIRB Connexus

WIRB Connexus

Western IRB (WIRB) is changing its online submission system from WIRBNet to Connexus, effective November 21, 2013. As a result of this change, the process for UAB's WIRB submissions will also be changed. This change will streamline efforts and provide access to submissions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you do not already have a WIRB Connexus account, please request one immediately (https://connexus.wirb.com/). Anyone who needs access to the submission documents must have a WIRB Connexus account.

Procedure for new submissions

1. The principal investigator (PI) or the PI's contact person emails the following required documents and other applicable documents to wirb@uab.edu.

Documents required for all submissions

Documents required as applicable

    • Release of Drugs for Human Research Use (if any drugs will be used in the protocol)
    • Radiation Safety Approval
    • Infection Control Approval
    • Release of Pathologic Materials
    • Fiscal Approval Process (FAP) Email

2.  A member of the OIRB staff reviews and verifies the submission materials, and then forwards the signed cover letter (along with any required attachments) to the PI and the PI's contact.

3. The PI or PI's contact uploads their documents via WIRB Connexus, including the signed Institution Review Form.

The UAB OIRB is notified when WIRB receives the submission.

Procedure for Other Reviews and Correspondence

Staff Changes

Before notifying WIRB, for changes in responsible research staff, the investigator/research staff must submit a revised Responsible Personnel List (RPL) to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and copy wirb@uab.edu. The designated member of the OIRB staff verifies required training in human subjects protection and generates an approval email for the PI to include with the WIRB Connexus submission.

Unanticipated Problems

When WIRB has made a determination of an unanticipated problem, the UAB research staff notifies the UAB OIRB via email to wirb@uab.edu of whether the event occurred at the UAB site or involved a UAB participant. The designated member of the OIRB staff notifies the appropriate officials as required by institutional policies and procedures.

Monitoring Reports

The PI or contact still must submit all monitoring reports to the UAB IRB via Project Revision Amendment Form.


For WIRB Connexus help, see the Connexus User Guide, under Forms & Guides, at the WIRB Connexus site: https://connexus.wcgclinical.com/​​

If you have questions regarding any of this information, please contact the WIRB Liaison 975-3923 or mlawson@uab.edu.​​​​​​​​​​​