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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

Research Community Newsletter

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

NPRM Information Session

The Human Research Protection Program hosted an information session describing the major changes to the proposed rule that may affect the research community. Watch the recording (30 minutes).

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. Federal deadline for comments extended to January 6, 2016.

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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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