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Compliance & Assurances


The use of human subjects, vertebrate animals or biohazards must be approved by the appropriate compliance committee. Researchers must complete compliance training prior to protocol approval.

UNMC/UNO Institutional Review Board For the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB)

In accordance with Health and Human Services Regulations for Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46), an Institutional Review Board (IRB) composed of members from a variety of scientific disciplines and individuals from the community, assists investigators in the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) IRB was established to assure the protection of all human subjects in research projects conducted by anyone on the premises of UNMC, The Nebraska Medical Center (TNMC), Children's Hospital & Medical Center (CH&MC), Bellevue Medical Center (BMC), Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (GSCN) and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). In addition, the IRB has oversight for all research that is conducted elsewhere by faculty, students, staff, or other representatives of these institutions.

The IRB also serves to facilitate valuable human subject research, as well as, protect the investigator and the institutions through a comprehensive review process. All human subject research projects must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to initiation and then conducted in full compliance with the federal regulations and institutional policies.

Assurance # FWA 00002939
Effective through March 14, 2019

UNO IRB Representatives:

  • Dr. Joseph Brown, Psychology (Member & Vice Chair IRB-01 and IRB-02; Pediatric IRB Alternate Member)
  • Dr. John Hill, Educational Administration & Supervision (Member IRB-01 and IRB-02)
  • Dr. Brigette Ryalls, Psychology (Pediatric IRB Member)
  • Dr. Lisa Sample, Criminology & Criminal Justice (Member IRB-01, Alternate IRB-02)

Required Training in Protection of Human Research Subjects

The Institution, which includes UNMC, The Nebraska Medical Center and UNO, requires all investigators, study personnel, and protocol coordinators, including student researchers, engaged in human subjects research to undergo training in the protection of human subjects utilizing the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI). IRB will review an application but is not authorized to approve the project until all key personnel are trained and certified. When you are ready to proceed with the Mandatory Training Program, please register at the CITI website

IRB implemented a new online submission system in January, 2012. In order for UNO faculty, staff, and students to access the IRB online system, they must have a UNMC Network ID or UNMC Guest Account which may be requested here.

In the Account Details section of the registration form, under Primary Purpose of Account, you must select, “UNMC RSS – IRB Application”.

IRB Education Sessions:

The spring 2014 IRB Education Series provides a great way for faculty, staff and students who are involved or interested in human subject research to understand and navigate the IRB process. Click here for the schedule of presentations and for registration information. Attendees must register directly with IRB via the link on the flyer. UNO does not handle registration for this series.

IRB Office Hours at UNO

If you have questions about your human subject research study or the IRB submissions process please consider dropping in during one our IRB Office Hours. Check out the flyer for dates and times.

UNO/UNMC IRB Bulletins

Bulletin #1

November 2010

Bulletin #2

December 2010

Bulletin #3

April 2011

Bulletin #4

June 2011

Bulletin #5

December 2011

Bulletin #6

July 2012

Bulletin #7

January/February 2013

For more information about the IRB process and proceedures please visit the IRB website.