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Human Research Protection Program

Human Research Protection (HRP) is responsible for administrative and regulatory support to the Drexel University Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and the University’s Human Research Protection Program.  HRP provides guidance to our IRB members, faculty, investigators and their research assistants regarding the responsible conduct of human research. Information about the IRB application process, investigator responsibilities, and scheduling of educational in-services and training can be found at the links below or by contacting our office at 215-255-7857 or

  • Drexel Institutional Review Boards

    Drexel University has three IRBs on site supported by faculty and staff members as well as representatives from the local community. The Drexel University IRBs have specialized areas of review; IRB #1 Adult Medical, IRB #3 Adult Social/Behavioral and IRB #4 Pediatric Medical Human research protocols.

  • Western Institutional Review Board

    Drexel University has an agreement in place authorizing the Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) to review and approve industry sponsored multicenter clinical trials involving adult medical subjects on behalf of our investigators. Industry sponsored multicenter clinical trials enrolling children will be reviewed by the Drexel University IRB #4.

  • Human Subjects Research Training

    All key research personnel at Drexel University or an affiliated site for which the Drexel IRB will or has provided an IRB review and approval must complete the online CITI Training program as well as any other necessary courses. IRB approval of any individual application is contingent upon the fulfillment of this requirement; additional training requirements may be necessary and are based upon the research protocol design.

  • Investigator Initiated Research

    The IISA Committee was established to provide researchers an early assessment of their research to identify additional regulatory and institutional requirements imposed on such research. The early assessment will allow researchers to plan for these additional requirements.

  • HIPAA/Privacy & Research

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) have been in effect since April 14, 2003. Under this rule, researchers working at Drexel University are permitted to use and disclose Protected Health Information (PHI) for research with individual authorization, or with a waiver of authorization as set forth in the HIPAA Privacy Rule