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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

Mon, May 20, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

How to Complete an External HawkIRB Application - Location: Hardin Information Commons EAST

Mon, May 20, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

IRB Office Hours (East Side) - Location: S108 Lindquist Center

Wed, May 22, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Office Hours - Location: 101 Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Upcoming Meetings

There are currently no meetings scheduled.


HSO Renovations

The Human Subjects Office is undergoing renovations beginning May 20th. During this time, the physical office (105 Hardin Library) will be closed for remodeling and staff will be relocated. HSO Staff are committed to providing seamless service to the research community, so we hope the impact will be negligible. Staff will continue to provide service to researchers via phone, email, HawkIRB and meetings as normal. All Office Hours, IRB meetings, and regular trainings will continue per standard operations.

New WIRB-UI Comparison Document

WIRB has provided a WIRB-UI Requirement document that provides a comparison of WIRB and University of Iowa requirements. Topics include reporting requirements, study staff changes, consent form submissions, training certifications and financial conflicts of interest.