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Human Subjects in Research

OSU Center for Health Sciences is committed to and guided by the ethical principles regarding research involving human subjects as set forth in the report, Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research, also known as the Belmont Report, published by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.

What is an IRB?

In accordance with federal regulations and OSU-CHS Human Subject Research Policy and Procedures, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the oversight of all human subjects research.

An IRB is a committee whose primary responsibility is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects. In accordance with Department of Health and Human Services and Food and Drug Administration regulations, an IRB reviews research proposals to ensure risks have been minimized and the potential for benefit has been maximized before human subjects participate in the research.

The authority conveyed to the IRB includes decisions to approve, disapprove, require modifications, monitor, suspend and terminate research projects involving human subjects. The IRB also ensures, as required, that human subjects volunteer to participate in research only after providing legally effective informed consent. Investigators may not solicit subject participation or begin data collection until they have received approval from the IRB or written concurrence that the research has been determined to be exempt from IRB review.

IRB Committee Meetings

OSU-CHS IRB committee meets at noon on the third Wednesday of each month.

Information must be submitted to the committee two weeks prior to the meeting date. Protocols must be submitted to the IRB administration and Office of Research. New protocol will need to be presented ot the IRB Board. Please schedule this time with the IRB Administrator.

IRB Committee Members

Effective April 2018

  • Kath Curtis, Ph.D.
  • Alicia Ford, Ph.D.
  • Aaron Lane, D.O.
  • Paul Rock, D.O., Ph.D.
  • Caroline Abbott, J.D., community member/non-scientist
  • Scott Gelfand, Ph.D., J.D., non-scientist/ethicist
  • Amber Cornelius Howard, J.D., community member/non-scientist


Protocol Forms and Templates

Policies, Regulations and Guidance


All principal investigators/instructors, research faculty/staff and students involved in human subject research must complete prescribed training.

Training Information ›

Staff and Contact

Amber Hood, M.S., CPIA, CIP Director, Regulatory Compliance and Research Facilities


Rebecca Crandell, M.S.  Assistant Director, Research Compliance  918-561-1409