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Human Subjects

WVU Office of Human Research Protections (WVU OHRP)

WVU OHRP supports the human research protections program for human subjects research conducted under the auspices of WVU. The human research protections program includes the operation of the WVU IRBs, management and approval of protocol application submissions and regulatory\institutional compliance.


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Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 8:15 AM to 4:45 PM

Contact: 304-293-7073  IRB@mail.wvu.edu 
Fax: 304-293-3098


WVU Human Research Protections Program

West Virginia University 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 within the WVU Office of Human Research Protections.

  • 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 (Gold Board and Blue Board) have oversight and responsibility for the protection of human subjects to 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 WVU OHRP Office at (304) 293-7073  or at IRB@mail.wvu.edu .

The WVU human research protection program is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protections Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP).  Accreditation Certificate

New researchers and staff are encouraged to review the Getting Started section of this website.

Getting Started