Scientific Review Committees

For studies that are greater than minimal risk, scientific review is required. This is required before you submit to the IRB. 
Nurses at Fairview Ridges Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center
The Nursing Research Council (NRC) must review all research conducted by or involving (affecting) nurses at the University of Minnesota Medical Center or University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. The NRC must review and approve research studies prior to the research occurring at the medical center or children's hospital.

Questions or Concerns?
Shamsah Rehmatullah, Chair
University of Minnesota Medical Center
Nursing Research Council
phone 612-273-3101 or e-mail

All other studies
The RSRC reviews study protocols which have not already undergone appropriate scientific review by another peer-review committee (e.g. Nursing Research Council) for submission to the IRB by Fairview or community researchers.

RSRC Submission Process
If a study requires RSRC review, the researcher should submit an electronic copy of the protocol and drafted IRB application, along with an Investigator's Brochure or Device User Manual, if applicable. The submission should be emailed to Fairview Research Administration, and no signatures are necessary.

After the RSRC has reviewed the study, FRA will notify the researcher of any concerns (stipulations). Once the stipulations have been addressed, the committee will submit a formal approval letter to the researcher. This should be included in the IRB submission.

Contact Information for Questions or Concerns
Please call the Research Regulatory Affairs Officer at 612-672-7680.

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