What is RUTH?

As we move into the summer months, we are pleased to announce that RUTH, the new IRB electronic submission and application tracking and review software, is fully under development and is on track for her launch date of September 23.

The new system is named after Dr. Ruth Abramson who is warmly remembered by all those who knew her at Mount Sinai Medical Center and School of Medicine for her lifelong commitment to research and teaching. It is fitting to name our new system, which will support the review of all human subjects research, after Dr. Abramson who was so deeply aware of the importance of human research protections.

As a reminder to those who have offered their help and support as Champions, we will be in contact with you soon to begin the process of testing RUTH.

Despite the disruption due to COVID19, please know that with our continuing efforts over the coming months, and the ongoing support of the Mount Sinai research community, RUTH will go live on September 23. With that in mind, we remind you to submit your annual renewal applications by their assigned submission deadlines, and please close any projects that are no longer active. This will ensure timely review of your protocols and lead to a smoother transition to RUTH’s software system.

We will continue to keep you updated on everything RUTH is up to over the next few months.

Rosalind J. Wright, MD MPH
Dean for Translational Biomedical Sciences Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Glenn Martin, MD, CIP
Senior Associate Dean for Human Subjects Research Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Eric Nestler, MD, PhD
Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

RUTH Training Information

Summer is officially here and we are using it to mark the kick off of our teaching plan for RUTH. As you know RUTH, the new IRB application submission software system, is rolling out on September 23, 2020 which will be here before we know it!  With that, we are moving into teaching mode and want to let you know there are a number of ways to get to know RUTH.

Below is information for you to sign up for classes in August to learn how to use RUTH.  In collaboration with Research IT, the PPHS will host training webinars beginning on August 17th.  Randomly selected webinars will have a drawing for the attendees and someone will win a small gift.

  1. RUTH Champions – To ensure a successful roll-out, we have recruited colleagues to donate 2 hours of their time in mid-August to learn the new system and then take their knowledge back to their departments and be available to help their colleagues, researchers, etc.  If you are part of our Champion team, you’ll receive an email over the next few days inviting you to schedule your volunteer time via Zoom.  Details will be in the email message.  If you think you might want to be a Champion, please contact Lori Jennex (lori.jennex@mssm.edu) for more information.
  2. Researchers, coordinators and staff training will begin August 17th for one hour sessions via Zoom.  Registration for classes is now open with additional classes being added over the next few weeks – sign up early and as often as you like!
    Links for registration:
    Morning Sessions
    Afternoon Sessions
  3. Drop-in Zoom sessions will begin after September 23rd for direct hands on help with RUTH, the PPHS and Research IT staff.

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