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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, Apr 02, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

IRB Office Hours - Location: 101 Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Mon, Apr 06, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Researchers Coming & Going: New Faculty Survey and PI Departure Checklists - Location: Herky Room (#343), Iowa Memorial Union

Mon, Apr 06, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Upcoming Meetings

Thu, Apr 02, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

IRB-01 Meeting (Click for more dates) - Location: 101 HLHS

Mon, Apr 06, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

IRB-01 Meeting (Click for more dates) - Location: 101 HLHS


COVID-19 Information and Human Subjects Research

The Vice President for Research, the FDA, and the VA have all released new guidance regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Please review the COVID-19 Information and Human Sub

HSO Status

Effective immediately, all HSO staff are working remotely. This means that staff are working from home and the physical office is closed temporarily. If you need immediate assistance, please call the Main Line at 319-335-6564 or email us at Staff will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

HawkIRB Trainings, IRB Office Hours, IRB Presentations Canceled

For the safety of our community, the Human Subjects Office is changing our spring 2020 educational offerings for UI researchers. Until further notice, we will not hold HawkIRB Trainings, in person IRB Office Hours or IRB presentations. You may use our IRB ICON Course for Researchers to access recorded HawkIRB trainings.

Temporary policy on human subjects research-related visits during COVID-19 outbreak effective March 16

Effective 3/16/20, the University of Iowa has issued guidance to pause research related study visits in light of COVID-19.  More information can be found on the OVPR website.  

Mitigating the COVID-19 Impact on Research Activities

The University of Iowa is closely monitoring the coronavirus and associated COVID-19 disease, and plans are in place to anticipate, minimize, and adequately manage its potential impact on campus life and operations.