About Us

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee formally constituted under federal regulations and institutional policy, and charged with reviewing research involving human subjects to protect the rights and welfare of those subjects. The IRB is composed of members from a variety of scientific disciplines as well as persons from the community. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or disapprove research. The IRB also serves as a resource for researchers by providing advice and guidance on ethical and regulatory issues related to human subject research.  


The Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is the administrative department that provides support for the functions of the IRB. The ORA also serves as a final gateway for research review by assuring that all other institutional committee reviews and approvals have been obtained, and that all institutional requirements have been met.

The IRB and the ORA are committed to facilitating the conduct of ethical research involving human subjects, in full compliance with federal, state and institutional requirements.

Please contact us at irbora@unmc.edu for assistance with the submission of all IRB Applications and forms.