Human Research Protection Program

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About Us/Mission

The Saint Luke’s Health System (SLHS) Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) includes the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the office of the IRB.

One IRB oversees:

  • Biomedical and health research
  • Social science and behavioral research
  • Community research

The SLHS HRPP mission is to protect the rights and welfare of individuals who participate in research conducted under the auspices of SLHS, while advocating the advancement of scientific knowledge. SLHS is committed to following the ethical principles as they are outlined in the Belmont Report, as well as all applicable federal, state and local regulations, and system policies and procedures. The HRPP at SLHS sets forth the structure, policies, and procedures to implement this mission and commitment. The process of education, review, and monitoring as described in official HRPP policies and procedures serves to ensure the safe and ethical conduct of research that will protect human subjects in an environment of mutual trust and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge, development, innovation, and growth.

Institutional Review Board

The SLHS IRB is a committee designated by the organization to review and monitor research involving human subjects. We have the authority to approve, require modifications, or disapprove research.

Our primary goal is to facilitate the IRB review process, provide support to investigators to assure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations, institutional policies, and procedures, which aim to protect human subjects, all while providing timely, customer-friendly service to the research community.

Our staff performs preliminary review of incoming applications and coordinates our review process. Staff also make determinations on research that is exempt from our review and provide guidance regarding human subjects’ research protection requirements to researchers, IRB members, and other system administrators.

Getting Started

Whether you’re a new investigator, have not submitted an application recently, or just want information about the application process, this section is intended to provide information and resources.

Contact the HRPP office with questions or concerns.