Portland Area IHS IRB Minutes
January 22, 2008
Voting members present: Erin Moran, Tom Weiser, MD
Voting members call-in: Rena Gill, Jennifer LaPointe, Dr. Bill Freeman,
Dr. Donnie Lee
Professional staff present: Clarice Hudson
Voting members absent: Dr. Bill Freeman, Maxine Brings Him Back-Janis,
Sharon John, Lynn DeLorme, Verne Boerner
II. Quorum: Yes
Welcome and opening
9:05 am Rena Gill Announcements
9:10 Principal Investigator Primary Reviewer Title of Proposal
Committee Bill Lambert, PhD Erin Moran Use Among A/I in the
Committee Theodore G Schurr, PhD Verne Boerner Genographic Project
Review Bill Freeman, MD
I. Welcome, Agenda and Minutes Overview
Rena Gill welcomed the IRB members and roll call was taken.
Agenda: Reviewed and approved.
Annoucements: No new announcements.
II. Protocol Reviews
New or re-submitted protocols are submitted to the full committee for review. Following is
an overview of the submissions. IRB members received a copy of the project and offered an
opportunity to comment.
A. Principal Investigator: Bill Lambert, PhD
Proposal: Methamphetamine Use Among American Indians in the Northwest
Primary Reviewer: Erin Moran
Submission: Full Committee Review
Description: The purpose of this protocol is to develop an initial evaluation of
methamphetamine use and its consequences in American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN)
Specific comments: PR questioned whether the tool (ASI) is being applied outside of the
program it was designed for. Bill Freeman is concerned with the amount of identifiers
(home address, DOB, etc.) Following further discussion Tom Weiser voted to defer, Erin
seconded. Motion carried. Following is the list of contingencies the PI must address before
further consideration is given to the project:
1. Too much information is being requested from the participants, (home address, social security
number, etc.) Will suggest the participant be assigned a number.
2. Provide to the IRB that the OHSU IRB is the IRB of choice.
3. Provide to the IRB the location, dates (approximate) for the focus groups.
4. Provide details on how long the data will be kept, where it will be stored, and how and when
it will be destroyed.
5. Provide to the IRB CV’s for all named investigators (9).
6. Provide more information on the use of the ASI tool.
7. Identify strategies the seeds could fall back on to reduce their chance of relapse as a result of
contact with current meth users.
8. Provide to the IRB specific locations where the interviews with active meth users will take
place. The information provided is considered too general, the safety of the interviewer during
this time is of concern to the IRB.
9. Clarify recruitment, qualifications and training for the Out-of-Treatment survey interviewers.
10. Provide to the IRB the rational for the value of the WalMart gift card. Considered too
11. Participant consent form should state what will be done with the audiotapes after the sessions
should they be taped (kept for no longer than three years.)
12. Under Risks and Benefits provide a statement that ask participants to keep all discussions
confidential and not share information outside of group.
13. Forward to the IRB all tribal resolutions/letters of approval when received.
Letter will be sent to the PI.
B. Principal Investigator: Theodore G. Schurr, PhD.
Proposal: Genographic Project
Primary Reviewer(s): Verne Boerner, Bill Freeman, MD
Submission: Full Committee Review
Description: The goal of this project is to collaborate with Native American communities from
Canada, the US and Mexico on genetic studies that will systematically trace historical human
Dr Freemen was asked by Alaska IRB to be a consultant in May 2006 for this project. Protocol
was not approved by the AS IRB who heard about the project through National Public Radio
(NPR). Dr. Freeman did have contact with Dr. Schurr who later submitted to the AS IRB a
revised protocol major problems are:
1. Publications and research proposals belong to National Geographic.
2. PI has collected DNA samples of adults and children without approval from AS IRB, villages
or health corporation which is required. AS IRB very concerned as to what PI will do with all
the samples collected. Specimens have been transferred to storage facility until final
determination is made.
3. What extent can IRB trust PI on protocol since there is evidence he did not follow protocol.
Bill suggested after receiving permission from AS IRB and health corporations Dr. Schurr should
go out and re-consent all adults who gave their specimens. Destroy specimen samples for those
adults who refuse to give consent (children samples would automatically be destroyed).
4. Unfortunately role of health corporation (i.e. tribal government) is limited. How would
information on this project be communicated to other tribes. What is health corporation’s role
regarding publications and presentations for this project?
5. Spencer Wells
Rena: IRB will contact AS IRB Chair and find out what their response to Dr. Schurr has been
before writing letter. ATNI is also preparing a resolution against this project.
Discussion will continue at next meeting on this subject.
Motion was made to adjourn.
Motion was seconded and approved.
VI. Meeting Adjourned 9:58 am
Next meeting: February 14, 2008 (tentative)