Office of the Provost

Protection of Human Subjects in Research

The University of Pittsburgh holds its faculty to the highest standards for respecting the rights and welfare of persons involved as subjects of research. This includes the responsibility of faculty to supervise their students' research. The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences administers and enforces University-wide procedures for protecting human research subjects. At the core of these procedures is the Institutional Review Board (IRB) charged with reviewing research involving human subjects. No student or faculty research involving human subjects may proceed until it has been approved by the IRB or favorably screened by the IRB for exemption from such review. A detailed explanation of these University policies may be obtained from the University IRB Office Website.