The University of Iowa operates a centralized program through the Office of the Vice President for Research to review and approve all research involving human subjects. Before a research project involving human subjects is initiated, it must be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). While the principal investigator has primary responsibility for the conduct of the study, the University of Iowa IRBs are responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of study participants.

The University’s human subjects program is required to comply with the regulations of two federal agencies: the Office for Human Research Protections in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Each of these agencies has its own definition of “human subjects research.”

If you are unsure about whether your project meets these definitions, contact the Human Subjects Office (HSO).

Contact information:

The Human Subjects Office (HSO) was established by the Vice President for Research to provide administrative support for the University of Iowa Institutional Review Boards (IRB). Visit their website here.

J. Andrew (Andy) Bertolatus, MD, Executive Director  /  384-4424
Michele Countryman, IRB Administrator  /  353-4452