Education and Training


The Human Subjects Office is offering virtual HawkIRB Trainings, IRB Presentations, and IRB Office Hours (via Zoom). You may also access recorded HawkIRB trainings in the IRB ICON Course for Researchers.


Click on the links, or see below, for information about:

HawkIRB Training Sessions

HawkIRB is the web-based IRB application and review system.  Training sessions provide basic information about technical aspects of the HawkIRB system and guidance about content for specific sections and questions in the HawkIRB application.  These sessions are for anyone preparing to submit a HawkIRB application for the first time and for those who would like guidance about completing HawkIRB forms.

These sessions are intended to teach investigators, delegates, and research team members how to prepare HawkIRB applications to facilitate the IRB review process.  This is a four-part HawkIRB Training series. It is best to attend the two New Project sessions before attending the third training on Investigator Responsibilities after IRB Approval.

Student Principal Investigators: Attending the two New Project trainings satisfies the student PI training requirement.

See the Spring 2024 schedule of HawkIRB Trainings.


IRB Educational Tools

The Human Subjects Office issues guidance on a variety of topics to assist UI and VA researchers.

View the IRB Educational Tools


Office Hours

IRB Office Hours are for all UI faculty, staff, and Investigators, HawkIRB delegates, and research team members involved with Human Subjects research.  

No appointment necessary.  First come, first served; computers are available. HSO Staff will be available to:

  • Answer questions about conducting human subjects research.
  • Provide guidance and answer questions about the electronic application forms in the HawkIRB system.
  • Provide suggestions and guidance about study procedures that are in compliance with federal regulations and the UI IRB policies.
  • Provide guidance and answer questions about the submission of industry-initiated and industry-sponsored research projects to Western IRB (WIRB).

Spring 2024 Office Hours run January 24 through May 30.

Wednesdays, 2 - 4 pm (via Zoom)

Thursdays, 10 am - 12 pm (via Zoom)

Spring 2024 IRB Office Hours will be via Zoom:

When you follow the link to the Zoom session:

  • Select “Sign In” (NOT “Join a Meeting”)
  • Choose “Sign in with SSO” (the UI Single Sign On) option
  • Enter “uiowa” as the domain
  • Sign in with your HawkID and password.

Use the Zoom link to access IRB Office Hours at the scheduled time. It is not an option to dial in. Please call the Human Subjects Office (319-335-6564) for assistance if you are unable to use Zoom for IRB Office Hours.

Please see the HSO Calendar for the dates of the Spring 2024 IRB Office Hours.

If you need assistance outside of Office Hours, call the Human Subjects Office (319-335-6564) or send an email to



Research-related topics

The IRB offers hour-long presentations on a variety of topics related to human subjects research. These presentations are designed to provide information on topics of interest to Principal Investigators, Study Coordinators, research team members, and members of the University of Iowa research community. 

Presentation topic suggestions are always welcome; email ideas to:

See the schedule for the Spring 2024 IRB presentations.

Please register to receive the Zoom link. You will receive an email confirmation message with the Zoom link. Use the SSO (UI Single Sign On) option to sign in with your HawkID and password.

A Deeper Dive into the Research Process

See below for upcoming presentations in the lecture series offered by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and the Human Subjects Office. Registration is not necessary. Request the Zoom link from Dori Hinson ( or 319-384-5282) or the IRB Education & Outreach Program (

Lecture: June 6, 12-1 pm (regular Clinical Lecture Series)
Working With the IRB

Recordings of past lectures are available in the IRB ICON Course for Researchers, under “Additional Topics.”


Classroom Presentations

The IRB Education and Compliance Program staff deliver classroom presentations on a variety of research-related topics.  We consult with course instructors to create presentations that meet the needs of the students, on topics such as:

  • Requirements for course-related student projects
  • When and why IRB approval is required
  • How to ask whether IRB approval is necessary using the Human Subjects Research Determination (HSRD)
  • What to expect from the IRB review process
  • Ethical conduct of human subjects research
  • Flexibility in the federal regulations regarding IRB review and informed consent
  • Ethical conduct of human subjects research

A recording of the general IRB overview presentation is available in the IRB ICON Course for Researchers. This presentation provides a good orientation to the UI IRB and the IRB approval requirements for human subjects research. It is an excellent supplemental lecture for any research methods or responsible conduct of research course. It is ideal for students/trainees doing research as a course requirement or as an honors, Master’s or doctoral dissertation.

This presentation covers the following:

  • Guidelines for human subjects research: why and when IRB approval is required
  • Basic ethical principles for the conduct of human subjects research
  • Student Principal Investigator (PI) training requirements
  • What to expect from the IRB review process
  • Research off campus or outside the United States
  • Course-related student projects

Contact IRB Education and Outreach Program staff to schedule a classroom presentation. We will attend however the class is meeting, in-person or by Zoom.


ICON Courses for Researchers

University of Iowa faculty, staff, trainees, and students can access:

  • Recorded HawkIRB Trainings – Satisfies the student PI training requirement, but available to all HawkIRB users
  • IRB Efficiency Initiative – Recordings and Documents
  • IRB Overview
  • Recorded lectures (“Additional Topics”)
  • Medical Ethics Advisor Newsletter – back issues

For additional information, see the ICON content outline for a comprehensive list of all available courses.

If you have questions or need any assistance with the recordings or materials in this ICON course, please contact

Click here for the log-in screen.


IRB Display and Education Materials

IRB Display

The Education and Outreach Program has a tabletop display about the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Human Subjects Office.  We welcome opportunities to set up this display and hand out educational materials at research-oriented events such as conferences and workshops, poster sessions, training events for new faculty, staff, or students, etc.

Education Materials

The schedules are available to post on bulletin boards or distribute electronically to researchers at the University of Iowa (UI) and at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VAHCS). The Human Subjects Research Overview and HSO/IRB Overview handouts would be useful for anyone involved with conducting research at the UI or the VAHCS; including faculty, staff, trainees and student researchers.

Contact the IRB Education and Outreach Program staff regarding opportunities to set up the IRB display or distribute IRB educational materials or to receive slides for video boards.