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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Office of Research Administration

Institutional Review Board

Contacting the IRB During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During this state of emergency all IRB Office Staff are working off campus; therefore the office hours are temporarily suspended.

The IRB Office staff will respond to all voice mails and e-mails.  For a faster response time please send an e-mail to one of the staff members below, or send an e-mail to the IRB Office.

The IRB Office may also set up consultations via Zoom, if needed.

Members and Staff:

IRB Chairs and Staff Phone
Clinton Brown, MD, IRB Chair (718) 270-1729
Stanley Friedman, MD, Vice Chair (718) 270-1335
Jeannette Jakus, MD, MBA, Vice Chair (718) 270-1229
Kevin L. Nellis, MS, Executive Director, Human Research Protection & Quality Assurance (718) 613-8461
Diann Johnson, MPH, Associate IRB Administrator (718) 270-4341
Nikol Celestine, BA, CIP, Associate IRB Administrator (718) 270-4411
Laura Henderson, MA, CIP, Associate IRB Administrator (718) 270-4454
Nakih Gonzales, IRB Assistant (718) 270-4372
IRB Office (718) 613-8480


IRB Rosters:

Standard IRB Roster

Rapid Response IRB Roster

To obtain a copy of a previous roster, please contact Nakih Gonzales for assistance.


IRB Consultants:

IRB Consultants

General Contact Information:

The Downstate IRB Office is located in the Basic Science Building (Room # BSB 3-26). 

Visiting Hours & Appointments:

The IRB Office hours are from 9 AM to 5 PM, but may vary due to staff schedules.

Investigators may stop by at any time; however, appointments are strongly encouraged.