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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. An Institutional Review Board is a group of individuals charged with reviewing proposed research involving human subjects to ensure the protection of those subjects and compliance with federal human subjects regulations. The University of Iowa has three such review boards, each consisting of faculty, staff, and representatives from the Iowa City community.


The mission of the University of Iowa Institutional Review Boards is to assure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are adequately protected in research.

Upcoming Events

Thu, Oct 30, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Office Hours - Location: 101 Hardin Library

Mon, Nov 03, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Office Hours EASTSIDE - Location: N186 Lindquist Center

Wed, Nov 05, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Office Hours Wednesday Fall 2014 - Location: 101 Hardin Library

Upcoming Meetings

Thu, Oct 30, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

IRB-01 Full Board Meeting - Location: 101 HLHS

Thu, Nov 06, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

IRB-01 Full Board Meeting - Location: 101 HLHS


OHRP Announces the Availability of Draft Guidance on Disclosing Reasonably Foreseeable Risks in Research Evaluating Standards of Care

On October 24, 2014, the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced in the Federal Register the availability of a draft guidance document entitled, “Draft Guidance on Disclosing Reasonably Foreseeable Risks in Research Evaluating Standards of Care,” and are inviting public comments on that document.

CITI Program Update

  Web Browser Compatibility The current version of the CITI Program’s website was launched in August 2013. In the coming months, we will be adding several usability enhancements and new features.

New Electronic External IRB Submission Training Sessions

Effective October 27th, all external IRB applications will be submitted through a new feature recently developed in the HawkIRB application system. Several training sessions are taking place in Hardin Library's Commons West on October 30th, November 3rd, and November 4th.  Please select the link below to register for a session.  All are encouraged to participate!

NIH November webinars

The NIH Center for Scientific Review is holding four webinars in November to give new NIH grant applicants and others useful insights into the submission and review processes. The "Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review" webinars will cover four different application types, including academic research enhancement awards, fellowship awards, small business grants, and research project grants.    You can learn more it here.

NIMH Twitter Chat on Depression and the Development of Novel Medications

It usually takes weeks to months after starting an antidepressant for people with depression to feel substantially better. Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have been experimenting with new medications that rapidly decrease symptoms of depression within just a few hours. Understanding how experimental medications may work to quickly lift severe and hard-to-treat depressive symptoms may lead to development of new, faster-acting treatments.