Human Research Protections (HRP) is a comprehensive program that affords protections for all human research participants and is under the direct leadership of the Vice President and Chief Accountability Officer. This website is designed to provide users with the most up-to-date information related to conducting research with human participants.

Full Accreditation by AAHRP

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Institutional Official (IO), Dr. Susan Buskirk

The IO is responsible for ensuring that the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) functions effectively and that the institution provides the resources and support necessary to comply with all requirements applicable to research involving human subjects.     Dr. Buskirk's IO Appointment Letter

UMB HRP Components

The main focus here is to provide information, resources, and instructions for completing the review process through the IRB. While the IRB is a key player in the HRP program, there are many other components within UMB critically involved in protecting human participants. Click here to learn more.

What Can Be Found Here

For Researchers: This resource helps investigators design, write, and organize research protocols; maintain compliance with policies and regulations; create and submit IRB applications via CICERO.


HRP Office: Information regarding its role in coordinating the Human Research Protections Program and providing support for the UMB Institutional Review Board (IRB). Contact information and informatics regarding submission processing times.


Institutional Review Board (IRB): Information about the board and the executive members and their role in approving, monitoring, and reviewing biomedical and behavioral research involving humans.


For Research Participants: This section assists former, current, or prospective human research participants in obtaining information or offering input regarding research and clinical trials.


(Click to read all Past Announcements)

UMSON November Research Seminar: SMART IRB Process and External IRB Reliance at UMB
November 22nd, 2022 - Cloud recording of the UMSON Research Seminar regarding the SMART IRB Process and External IRB Reliance at UMB.

REMINDER: FDA Compliance with

April 19th, 2022 - The UMB Office of Accountability and Compliance (OAC) and the IRB are once again asking researchers who are subject to the CT.GOV regulations to log in to and check for problems with their records.

Update to Announcement - Human Required Reliance Process Training for PIs

April 22th, 2022 - UMB’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has updated their Reliance Agreement documentation and requirements. UMB investigators read to see if you need to complete and how to access the training.

Announcement - Human Subjects Research Resumption Update

March 16th, 2022 - Memorandum to UMB Research Community, update to resumption of research requirements pertaining to COVID.