Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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 COVID-19 Update

Effective immediately, all IRB staff are working remotely. This means that staff are working from home and the physical office is closed temporarily. If you need assistance, please email us. Staff will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and patience. COVID-19 updates and guidance can be accessed using the links below:

COVID-19 Human Subject Research Guidance 
COVID-19 Research Update 
CITI Training Program COVID-19 Resources
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UTMB is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects who choose to participate in biomedical or socio-behavioral research. UTMB has an organized and systematic program in place for the protection of research subjects that includes a commitment to the principles and guidelines for protecting research subjects contained in the Belmont Report. UTMB maintains a Federalwide Assurance (FWA), FWA#00002729, with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP). This Assurance is updated periodically and commits the University to abiding by all federal regulations and guidelines as set forth under 45 CFR 46 with respect to its research activities involving human subjects.

With respect to the Belmont principles, UTMB ensures that:

  1. The sum of the benefits to the research subject and the importance of the knowledge to be gained outweigh the risks to the subjects as to warrant a decision to allow the subject to accept these risks.
  2. Legally effective informed consent is obtained, unless the requirements for a waiver of informed consent are met by adequate and appropriate methods in accordance with the provisions of applicable regulations.
  3. The selection of subjects is equitable and is representative of the group that will benefit from the research.
IRB Submission Workshops

The IRB Office is hosting a series of drop-in workshops to help investigators and coordinators with their submissions in InfoEd. Bring your questions and study information, and staff and computers will be available to work on IRB submissions.

No appointments necessary. See the full schedule.