Institutional Review Board

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Colorado State University (CSU) 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 the Organization.  In support of this, Colorado State University has established a Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).  The Colorado State University HRPP, in partnership with its research community, is responsible for ensuring the ethical and equitable treatment of all human subjects in research conducted under Colorado State University’s auspices.

The CSU HRPP consists of various individuals and committees including IRB Staff, the Biomedical IRB Committee, the Social Behavioral IRB commitee, the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Radiation Safety, Conflict of Interest, Clinical Trials Office(ClinTro), Legal Counsel, investigators, research staff, health and safety staff and research laboratory staff. The objective of this system is to assist the organization in meeting ethical principles and regulatory requirements for the protection of human subjects in research.

The mission of the HRPP is to:

  • Safeguard and promote the health and welfare of human research subjects by ensuring that their rights, safety, and well-being are protected
  • Provide guidance and support to the research community in the conduct of research with human subjects;
  • Assist the research community in ensuring compliance with relevant regulations
  • To provide timely and high-quality education, review, and monitoring of human research projects; and
  • To facilitate excellence in research with human subjects.

The HRPP includes mechanisms to:

  • Monitor, evaluate and continually improve the protection of human research participants
  • Exercise responsible oversight of human subjects research
  • Educate IRB members, investigators, and staff about their ethical responsibility to protect research participants
  • When appropriate, intervene in research and respond directly to concerns of research participants.

45 CFR 46 defines “Research” as a systematic investigation (i.e. the gathering and analysis of information) designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. (46.102(d)) For more information, view Is My Project Research?

45 CFR 46 defines “Human Subjects” as a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research: Obtains information or biospecimens through intervention or interaction with the individual, and uses, studies, or analyzes the information or biospecimens; or (ii) Obtains, uses, studies, analyzes, or generates identifiable private information or identifiable biospecimens. (46.102(e.1)) For more information, view Does My Project Involve “Human Subjects”?

IRB Name: Colorado State U IRB #1
IRB Affiliation: Colorado State University
Oversight Authorities: United States: Federal
FWA Number: 00000647 (expires 01/13/2027)
IORG (Institution/Organization) number: 0000122
IRB Number: 00000202 (expires 04/22/2024)

IRB Name: Colorado State U IRB #2
IRB Affiliation: Colorado State University
Oversight Authorities: United States: Federal
FWA Number: 00000647 (expires 01/13/2027)
IORG (Institution/Organization) number: 0000122
IRB Number: 00010468 (expires 04/22/2024)

The Institutional Review Board and Its Membership

Committee members must be familiar with the diverse regulations, including those of the Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Education, and the State of Colorado. They must be current on recent interpretations of the regulations from the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and elsewhere. The federal regulations specify the minimum requirements for membership at §45 CFR 46.107.

Although they each represent their own academic expertise, they are committees of the institution and must reflect community and institutional values and standards. Committee members devote 7-12 hours per month, 12 months per year, to IRB meetings and protocol reviews; the IRB Chairs are involved in an additional 25 hours or more per month reviewing responses and protocols, discussions with researchers, and problem resolution. Membership on the IRB is a service responsibility; members are not paid. The Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office (RICRO) serves as the administrative support unit for the IRB, acting on behalf of the Committees and serving as a consistent contact point and resource for information.

IRB members serve a three-year term, which may be renewed. New members are nominated by the IRB and appointed by the Vice President for Research in consultation with the Deans of the colleges conducting human research and the involved Department Heads/Chairs. The University’s Bioethicist is a permanent appointment. The rosters of the IRB are approved by OHRP to verify the committee is consistent with the intent of the federal regulations. Normally new members join at the start of the University’s new fiscal year, in July.

Biomedical IRB (BMR) Chair
Kim Cox-York, PhD

Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research (SBER) IRB Chair
Matthew G. Rhodes, PhD