The mission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. In accordance with federal regulations, the IRB is composed of members from a variety of scientific disciplines as well as a community member. The IRB assists investigators in the development of research protocols that minimize risks to participants, ensure procedures for obtaining voluntary and informed consent, provide adequate protections for vulnerable populations, and protect participants’ privacy.
All research involving human participants conducted on or off campus designed for generalizable knowledge by anyone affiliated with the University must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to implementation regardless of the level of risk.
Things you need to know:
- Starting in Fall 2013, CITI training in the ethical conduct of human subjects research will be require of all IRB researchers including faculty sponsors of student projects.
- Check out “Does Your Project Need IRB Review?” or contact our office if you’re unsure if you need IRB approval.
- To help speed up the review process, see “Tips for Student Researchers” applicable to all researchers.
Questions? Need help completing the IRB application? Contact our IRB Administrator, Elizabeth Parsons.
The IRB Office is located in AD250.