In light of COVID-19 concerns, the Rice University IRB office would like to keep you updated on research operations. The IRB office is fully functional and operating at normal capacity. Usual operations are expected to continue even as COVID-19 crisis management evolves. The IRB staff is able to work remotely should it become necessary. You and your study teams should carefully consider your research protocols that involve in-person interaction or intervention in the light of the evolving environment and should reference University, Houston Health Department, and CDC guidelines as you proceed.