Human Research

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The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at VCU is charged with reviewing all research protocols involving human participants to ensure research is conducted ethically and in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Guidance and resources for researchers, research participants, and IRB members are provided on this site.

Conducting Human Research

Information for investigators on getting started, types of review, how to submit to the IRB, post-approval activities, and study close-out.

Education and Required Training

Information for Research Volunteers

Contact the Office of Research Integrity and Ethics at 804-827-2157 or to have questions about being a research volunteer answered or to discuss concerns.

Written Policies and Procedures

WPPs provide extensive policy and guidance information for investigators and IRB members.

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