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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, Sep 17, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Office Hours Wednesday Fall 2014 - Location: 101 Hardin Library

Thu, Sep 18, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Office Hours - Location: 101 Hardin Library

Mon, Sep 22, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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

Upcoming Meetings

Thu, Sep 18, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

IRB-01 Full Board Meeting - Location: 101 HLHS

Mon, Sep 22, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

IRB-03 Full Board Meeting - Location: 101 HLHS


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

NIH Policy on Genomic Data Sharing

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recently issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy. This policy is in place to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the privacy of research participants.  The policy will apply to all NIH-funded, large-scale human and non-human projects that generate genomic data.