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University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus Office of Human Research Participant Protection & Institutional Review Board


The mission of the University of Oklahoma’s Office of Human Research Participant Protection (HRPP) is to protect the rights, privacy, and welfare of all human participants in research projects conducted by University faculty, staff, students and those who conduct human research projects under the auspices of the University or otherwise conducted under its oversight.

The HRPP is the University's established program designed to support the University’s commitment to the protection of human participants in research. The goals of this program are to provide safety for human participants in research, to educate the University’s investigators, and to provide continuous quality improvement of the University’s research activities.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for reviewing research submissions that involve human subjects and assess that it adequately meets the criteria for approval set forth by the federal and state regulations and OU policies and procedures. The IRB’s mission is to ensure that research is conducted ethically and participants are protected. The IRB reviews each submission on an individual basis, works with investigators to ensure adequate protections are in place and that participants are properly informed. The IRB is comprised of members that represent a wide range of scientific disciplines (OU Faculty and Staff) and from members in the local community.

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) oversees the operation of the IRB.

We operate as an accredited institution through the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). AAHRPP accreditation indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research. By earning the AAHRPP seal, we have affirmed our commitment to protecting research participants.

Organizations Components and Structure

Organizational Official

Anil Gollahalli, Vice President of the University and General Counsel is responsible for the Office of Human Research Participant Protection (HRPP), through the Director of Compliance, and is obligated to promote and foster ethical integrity involving research and other activities.

Director of Compliance

Sandra Nettleton, Director of Compliance has direct oversight of the Norman Campus Office of HRPP and reports to the Vice President of the University and General Counsel. She is responsible for oversight of the operation of the Office of HRPP for Norman Campus including staffing, budget, and performance of the HRPP.

Institutional Official

Dr. Glen Krutz, Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives designated by the Senior Vice President and Provost as the Institutional Official for the Norman Campus. Dr. Krutz is responsible for the conduct of human research and is the signatory official for the OHRP Federal Wide Assurance (FWA), all authorization agreements, and Department of Defense addenda. His other main responsibilities include the authority to provide the necessary means to operate the HRPP program and enforce the independent nature of the relationship of the IRB within the University.

Office for Human Research Participant Protection
Five Partner's Place, 201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 1300A
Norman OK 73019
Phone: 405-325-8110
E-mail: irb@ou.edu

Federalwide Assurance: FWA00003191
IRB ID# Board1: IRB00000194

IRB ID# Board 2: IRB00003967

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