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Office of the Vice President for Research

Office of the Vice President for Research : University of MinnesotaOffice of the Vice President for Research : University of Minnesota


Advancing human research protections

The University of Minnesota is dedicated to meeting, upholding and exceeding the highest ethical standards in research practices involving human participants. Clinical research is critical to discovering treatments and cures for many of society’s most vexing diseases, including cancer, diabetes and AIDS.

After a rigorous review and assessment of its human research policies and practices, the university launched a major initiative to enhance its human research protection program through a set of specific program and policy reforms. This website provides information about this effort. The University has now implemented all 63 recommendations from the external review, though it remains committed to continued enhancement, improvement and evaluation of its human research programs and policies.

Read comments from Allen Levine, Interim VP for Research and Brooks Jackson, Dean of the Medical School and VP for Health Sciences, made during a Board of Regents meeting where they presented on the progress made during the implementation phase of this effort.

Research ethics

Across the University, we are carrying out a plan to strengthen our human research protections, cultivate a culture of research ethics and ensure that all those involved in conducting research embrace and embody a set of shared core commitments.

Contact us

General questions about the initiative, contact

Media inquiries, contact Dan Gilchrist, 612-624-2609,

Progress updates

Learn about the latest activity and sign up to receive email alerts about the university’s progress.

Research Community Newsletter

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