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Human Subjects

The Human Research Protections Program and the IRBs

West Virginia University (WVU) fosters a research environment that promotes the respect for the rights and welfare of individuals recruited for, or participating in, research conducted by or under the auspices of WVU. In the review and conduct of research, actions by WVU will be guided by the principles (i.e., respect for persons, beneficence, and justice) set forth in the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (often referred to as the Belmont Report). The actions of WVU will also conform to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. In order to fulfill this policy, WVU has established a Human Research Protections Program (HRPP) within the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC).

The mission of the WVU HRPP is to:

  • To safeguard and promote the health and welfare of human research subjects by ensuring that their rights, safety and well-being are protected;
  • To provide timely and high quality education, review and monitoring of human research projects; and
  • To facilitate excellence in human subjects research.

The WVU Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) for Protection of Human Research Subjects ensure that human subject research at WVU is appropriate and conforms to federal regulations.

We invite your questions, concerns, and suggestions about the West Virginia University Human Research Protection Program.

Please contact the HRPP Office at (304) 293-7073 or at with any questions you may have.

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