Frequently Asked Question
The IRB is responsible for reviewing and providing oversight of research studies that involve use of samples, images and/or data derived from humans. This can include leftover biological specimens, existing radiological images or medical record information. If you are planning to conduct a research study that will use samples/images/data derived from humans, you will need to submit an application to the IRB for review and approval or exemption prior to starting any research activities. If you are obtaining the samples/images/data from another source (for example, another researcher, a collaborating institution or clinic records), you need to obtain IRB review and approval/exemption before receiving the samples/images/data.