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Institutional Data Safety & Monitoring Board

The Institutional Data and Safety Monitoring Board (I-DSMB) is a standing committee available to provide independent oversight for human research studies conducted by WFBH of WFBH-affiliated faculty.


  • An independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board may be needed for high-risk human research studies, for studies in which the investigator and/or the institution may have a potential conflict of interest, for studies involving vulnerable populations or for multi-site studies. I-DSMB members review on a regular basis study information pertaining especially to human subject safety and study integrity.
  • The I-DSMB can provide oversight for appropriate WFBH investigator-initiated, locally conducted (single- or multi-site) clinical trials receiving NIH, departmental, or other non-industry support. The I-DSMB may also serve as the primary independent monitoring body for some trials sponsored by industry (a fee for monitoring services would be involved).
  • I-DSMB members will have expertise in clinical trial methodology and conduct, epidemiology, biostatistics, ethics, and clinical research. Ad hoc members may be invited to serve on the I-DSMB based on a need for unique expertise represented by regular members.


I-DSMB is available to provide oversight and monitoring for human research studies conducted by WFBMC and WFBMC-affiliated faculty investigators. The cost is $78 per hour. 

Contact Information

Issis Kelly Pumarol: ikellypu@wakehealth.edu | 336-716-8372

We especially encourage you to consider your clinical research study monitoring needs during the grant or IRB pre-submission phase of your study.


Effective 7/1/2016

  • Dr. Kaycee Sink, Chair
  • Dr. Capri Foy, Vice Chair
  • Dr. James Thompson
  • Dr. Claudia Campos
  • Dr. Nkechinyere Emejuaiwe
  • Dr. Mahta McKee
  • Dr. Chadwick Miller
  • Professor Nancy King
  • Dr. Haiying Chen
  • Dr. Thomas Wesley Templeton
  • Dr. Wei Lang
  • Dr. Xiauyan Iris Leng
  • Dr. Mustafa Saad Siddiqui

Ad hoc members:

  • Dr. Preston Miller (for monitoring artificial skin study in burn patients)
  • Dr. Marina Nunez (Dr. Atala transplant trial)
  • Dr. Jeffrey Rogers (Dr. Atala transplant trial)
  • Dr. Brian Strittmatter (as needed for pharmaceutical trials)

Ex officio (without vote) members:

  • Dr. Richard Weinberg, MD, IRB Executive Chair; Gastroenterology
  • Dr. Joseph Andrews, PHD, MA, CIP, Director of IRB and Human Research Protection Program
  • Ms. Paula Means, MPA, Assistant Dean for Research

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