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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

Wed, Oct 22, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Office Hours Wednesday Fall 2014 - Location: 101 Hardin Library

Thu, Oct 23, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Office Hours - Location: 101 Hardin Library

Fri, Oct 24, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:30am

After IRB Approval: Continuing Reviews, Modifications, Reportable Event Forms (REFs), and Closing a Project - Location: HP Smith Conference Room (W256 GH)

Upcoming Meetings

Wed, Oct 22, 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

IRB 02 Full Board Meeting - Location: 101 HLHS

Thu, Oct 23, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

IRB-01 Full Board Meeting - Location: 101 HLHS


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.

FDA Announcement to extend the comment period on the draft guidance document entitled “Informed Consent Information Sheet”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period for the draft guidance document entitled “Informed Consent Information Sheet.” A notice of availability requesting comments on the draft guidance document appeared in the Federal Register of July 15, 2014. The Agency is reopening the comment period to update comments and to receive any new information. 

NPR- How the NIH funds scientists

NPR is featuring a series of stories this week about how the NIH funds scientists. One post features a tool that allows the user to search NIH grant data by institution. Another story profiles scientists who simply give up on their research careers because they can't find money to advance their work. The stories, which are airing on "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered," are available on