Institutional Review Board (IRB)


What's New?

Check out our new Researcher Tools (checklists and editable forms to facilitate compliance) on our Tools and Guides page and our latest policy revisions on our Standard Operating Procedures page. 

Educational/Training Opportunities

The UTHSC IRB offers training sessions called IRB Insights. These sessions will be opportunities for researchers to learn more about human research protections and how to use the IRB electronic system, iMedRIS.

Mark your calendars for future IRB Insights opportunities:

  • Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:00 noon - Secure Data Storage (GEB A304)
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:00 noon - Consent Process: What do I need to know? (GEB A204)
  • Thursday, June 4, 2015, 12:00 noon - iMedRIS
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 12:00 noon - Common Audit Findings
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 12:00 noon - Creating & Maintaining Research Records
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015, 12:00 noon - Selected Hot Topic

Registration for IRB Insights

For information on other iMedRIS training opportunities, please visit the Training page.


Does the UTHSC IRB have to review and approve my research if it is "exempt" according to the federal regulations?

Yes.  If you are a UTHSC faculty or staff member, or student, resident, or fellow, and you wish to conduct research on human subjects, cells, tissue, etc., you must submit your research proposals to us for review and approval before you may begin your research.  OHRP's long-standing recommendation is that investigators not be given the authority to make an independent determination that human subjects research is exempt; therefore, UTHSC requires that you submit your project to the IRB, even if you believe it is exempt according to the regulations.  The ONLY exception to this rule is the use of anonymized human cell lines purchased from ATCC; UTHSC investigators using anonymized cell lines from ATCC do not need to undertake any interaction with the IRB.  If you have any questions, please call the IRB at 448-4824.

IRB Tip Archive (common questions and problem areas)