Frequently Asked Questions

iRIS is an electronic web-based research software that facilitates IACUC, IBC, and IRB submissions and management of research protocols. Use of iRIS is mandated on the TTUHSC El Paso campus for all submissions.

Click here and select “Request New Account”. Please fill out the request entirely, and when complete, click on “Submit Request”.  

Submission of a Financial Disclosure for research is required within five (5) days of obtaining an iRIS account and must be updated on an annual basis thereafter per TTUHSC El Paso OP 73.09. Please visit https://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/research/committees/coirc/financial-disclosure.aspx for further information regarding how to submit this form.

The following are the requirements to obtain an iRIS account based on the nature of your research:

IBC related studies

For IBC related studies, requirements are as follows:

  • Conflict of Interest course through CITI
  • Lab Safety Essential (LSE) training

Lab Safety Essentials (LSE) Training is at http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/safety/training.aspx and may be accessed by logging in and checking on the box to the right of the person's name, “I work in a lab.”  Once this box has been checked, the LSE training will populate.

Conflict of Interest (COI) training is at www.citiprogram.org. Please select question No. 5 under the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso affiliation.

If shipping training is also needed (not required to open an iRIS account), please contact Jackie Lomeli at 215-4820.

IRB related studies

For IRB related studies, requirements are as follows:

  • Conflict of Interest course through CITI
  • Human Subject Research course through CITI
  • Clinical Research Coordinator through CITI: required of all research coordinators AND research personnel performing functions related to recruiting and/or consenting in drug and/or device studies
  • Good Clinical Practice through CITI: for those doing research with drug or device studies
  • Informed Consent Training through ACME: for studies that involve informed consent

Conflict of Interest (COI) training is at www.citiprogram.org. Please select question No. 5 under the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso affiliation.

Human Subjects Research (HSR) training is at www.citiprogram.org. Please select question No. 1 under the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso affiliation.

IACUC related studies

For IACUC related studies, requirements are as follows:

  • Conflict of Interest course through CITI
  • Working with the IACUC course through CITI
  • Reducing Pain and Distress in Laboratory Mice and Rats course through CITI: if the study involves mice or rats and has the potential to cause “more than momentary pain and distress” to the animal.
  • Working with (Specie) in Research Settings course through CITI: must be completed according to the specie listed on the protocol.
  • Occupational Health Safety: must complete evaluation and health questionnaire with the OHS nurse, the questionnaire can be requested from the IACUC Lead Analyst.

Conflict of Interest (COI) training is at www.citiprogram.org. Please select question No. 5 under the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso affiliation.

Working with IACUC, Reducing Pain and Distress and Laboratory Mice and Rats, and Working with (Specie) in Research Settings are available through www.citiprogram.org. Please select the corresponding options in question No. 3 under the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso affiliation.

Additional Training - As applicable:

Antibody Production in Animals: Required of all research personnel working with antibodies. The course can be found at www.citiprogram.org/

Aseptic Surgery: Required of all research personnel if performing surgery. The course can be found at www.citiprogram.org/

Amanda Ortiz will advise on which other trainings should be completed through the CITI program.

 

You can affiliate your account with Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso by visiting www.citiprogram.org and following the steps below.

  1. From the Main Menu on your profile, click on the link "Click here to affiliate with another institution."
  2. Type and choose the correct institution from the search box.
  3. Answer the member information questions required by your newly affiliated institution.
  4. Enroll in the course(s) required by your newly affiliated institution.

If you would like to receive credit for modules previously taken, there are several requirements that must be met.

  1. To transfer course credit between institutions, you will need to be affiliated with both institutions (your previous institution and your new institution). Follow the "Click here to affiliate with another institution" link on your Main Menu to add an affiliation.
  2. When you are affiliated with both institutions, enroll in the courses that need to be transferred under both institutions via the "Add a Course or Update Learner Groups" link under the appropriate institution if necessary. You will need to enroll in the same stage of the course (Basic/Refresher) for a proper transfer to occur.

Once you are enrolled in the courses, any modules that are shared between the courses between institutions will have their credit transferred automatically. The transfer is based on each module's unique ID number. If the courses do not match exactly, not all credit will transfer, and you may need complete the difference in modules at your new institution to get full credit for a Completion Report.