The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is comprised of 4 sections.  All sections (1-4) of the IRB meet monthly in 910 Madison, Suite 502, Memphis, TN on the first, second, third, and fourth Wednesdays of the month, respectively. Click "Meeting Schedules" on the left side of your screen for details.


The IRB has responsibility for the review of research involving human subjects for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Methodist Healthcare-Memphis Hospitals, Regional One Health, and UT Medical Group, Inc. 


The primary function of the IRB is to assist the investigator in the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects. It is necessary for others who are independent of the research to share the responsibility for determining the standards for ethical conduct of research involving human subjects. Investigators, however, carry primary responsibility for assuring that research protocols measure up to standards established by the IRB.


Terrence F. Ackerman, Ph.D.
(901) 448-4824

Cameron Barclay, MSA, CIM, CIP
(901) 448-4824

Kimberly Prachniak, MS, CIM, CIP
Associate Director
(901) 448-5060

Virginia Calvo-Torres, BS, CCRP, CIM
IRB Compliance Advisor
(901) 448-2933

Margaret Sularin, LMSW, RDN, CCRP, CIM, CIP
Sr. Regulatory Specialist
(901) 448-5463

Margaret Caufield, M.Ed.
Regulatory Specialist
(901) 448-1343

Laura Rush, MPH
Regulatory Specialist
(901) 448-2975

Holly Herron, CIM
IRB Administrator
(901) 448-5920

Donna Stallings, CIM
IRB Administrator
(901) 448-3805

Melanie Saucier
Research Administrative Assistant
(901) 448-4824 or (901) 448-2636

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IRB Affiliates

Methodist Healthcare - Memphis Hospitals /
UTMP (UT Methodist Physicians)

Rexann G. Pickering, Ph.D., CIP, RN
Administrator, Human Protection
(901) 516-2323 
Institutional Requirements

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Sheon Lynch, MSA, MT (ASCP)
Administrative Director
(901) 287-6208 
Institutional Requirements

Regional One Health
Maria van Werkhooven, BVM, FACHE
Director, Office of Medical Research
(901) 545-7453 
Institutional Requirements

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