Upcoming Events:

Informed Consent Workshops

Join the IRB staff to learn more about informed consent and practice your consent discussion and dialogue. These sessions are open for faculty, staff, and students. Please register by emailing muen0526@stthomas.edu. Attendees should bring a copy of their IRB-approved consent form (or a draft if you have not obtained IRB approval).

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
7:00-8:00pm

Thursday, January 5, 2017
12:00-1:00pm

Office Closure During the Holiday Break

The Institutional Review Board office will close on Thursday, December 22, 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Submitted applications and revisions will not be reviewed during this time. Investigators who would like their application(s) or completed revisions to be reviewed prior to the IRB office closure must submit all required materials by Friday, December 16, 2016. Any applications or revisions submitted after December 16th will not be guaranteed review until after January 3, 2017.

What is an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

It is the responsibility of all investigators to ensure the respect and welfare of every research participant. The Institutional Review Board's purpose is to review proposed research studies to safeguard the rights, safety, and welfare of people involved in research activities conducted at or sponsored by the University of St. Thomas. The IRB assures compliance with governing federal regulations put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The University is officially registered in a Federalwide Assurance, through which the University assures that its activities related to human subjects research, regardless of the sources of support, will be approved by the IRB. The IRB is guided by both federal regulations and the basic principles set forth in the Belmont Report: respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.

As a Catholic institution, the mission of the University of St. Thomas obligates members of the college community "to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good." Therefore, the University community must strive to ensure the respect and welfare of every research participant.