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Protecting human subjects

Full AAHRPP AccreditationThe Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research projects that involve human participants to uphold two broad standards: first, that participants are not placed at undue risk; second, that they give uncoerced, informed consent to their participation.

With representation from a wide range of scientific disciplines and from outside the academic community, the IRB gives prompt but individualized attention to the numerous research projects at the university.


Download IRB applications, appendices, post-approval submission forms and templates.
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See information on the IRB review process, exempt research categories and post-approval review.
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Find additional resources for biomedical researchers who serve as sponsor-investigators.
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Find details on basic and advanced human subjects' protection training for investigators and research personnel.
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Find out what researchers need to know about IRB policy, best practices and frequently asked questions.
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Research Participants

Find out what it means to participate in research, how to contact the IRB, and frequently asked questions.
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News & information

Virtual Webcast of Quorum and Northwest Association for Biomedical Research's Ethics & Regulation in the Digital Age Conference

July 21, 2016 10:30am - 7:15pm, Phillips-Wangensteen 2-470

The Human Research Protection Program has purchased a group registration for this all-day conference. The presentations include tconferencet the ethical and regulatory issues generated by the use of technology in research (Visit the conference website for more details.) You are welcome to attend one, some, or all of the sessions.

Continuing education credits will be available. More information regarding CECs is provided in the registration form. Register now

Research Community Newsletter

The newsletter includes information about IRB policy and form changes, regulatory updates, and upcoming events. Read the recent edition.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

The HRPP has launched a webpage providing additional information about the proposed changes to the Common Rule. Learn about the proposed changes, ask questions, and send in your comments.

Interested in participating in a research study? Here are some things you should know.

Explore the impact of research on our world: Inquiry: Exploring university research

Meetings & deadlines

If your research is greater than minimal risk, it must be reviewed by the convened IRB. Find information on upcoming committee meetings and deadlines.
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