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The University of Maine at Augusta’s Institutional Review Board is the institutional body vested and charged with protecting the rights and welfare of persons participating in human subjects research conducted at, or affiliated with UMA.

The welfare of human subjects in research is the core mission of UMA’s Institutional Review Board. We are charged by the University of Maine System and Federal statute 45 CFR 46 to function as an ethics committee. This board is responsible for reviewing proposals before human subject research is conducted and for monitoring the welfare of those subjects during the research. All human subject research must receive approval from UMA’s IRB prior to the research being conducted. If a research proposal meets the definitions of both research and human subjects, it must go through the IRB process. Most human subjects research at the University of Maine at Augusta falls under one of the §46.104 exemption categories.

Board Members

NameTitleMembershipRepresentationTerm End
Chris Lage, PhDProfessor of BiologyChairBiology08/31/24
James Cook, PhDAssociate Professor of SociologyVotingSociology05/31/24
Matt Dube, PhDAssociate Professor in Data Science, Computer Information Systems, and Applied MathematicsVotingInformatics08/31/25
Sara Flowers, PhDDirector of ATLaS Scholars & Lecturer III of EducationVotingEducation08/31/25
Shannon Gauvin, RN, DHADirector of Nursing & Program CoordinatorVotingNursing05/31/23
Vickie Ireland, RN, PhDAssistant Professor of NursingVotingNursing08/31/25
Tim Surrette, PhDAssociate Professor of EducationVotingEducation08/31/25
Kathryn Walker, RDH, EFDA, MSEdAssistant Professor of Dental HealthVotingDental Health05/31/25
Sam Prawer, J.D.Unaffiliated MemberVotingCorrections08/31/25
Joe Szakas, PhDVice President of Academic Affairs/Provost & Institutional OfficialEx OfficioAcademic AffairsN/A

Board Meetings

Meeting DateFull Board Review
Submission Deadline
September 2023 no meeting
October 2023 no meeting
November 15, 2023 12:00 – 2:00 PM Wednesday10/25/2023
December 13, 2023 12:00 – 2:00 PM Wednesday11/22/2023
January 17, 2024 12:00 – 2:00 PM Wednesday12/27/2023
February 27, 2024 10:00 – 12:00 PM Tuesday02/06/2024
March 19, 2024 10:00 – 12:00 PM Tuesday02/27/2024
April 12, 2024 10:00 – 12:00 PM Friday 03/22/2024
May 10, 2024 10:00 – 12:00 PM Friday04/19/2024

University of Maine at Augusta Federalwide Assurances for the Protection of Human Subjects #FWA00018932 (expires 09/08/2025)