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 provides up-to-date information related to conducting research with human participants.

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)

Recorded Webinar: Relying on External IRBs and Utilizing SMART IRB - Process and Procedures 
Held February 15th, 2024. Relying on External IRBs and Utilizing SMART IRB - Process and Procedures. Presentation by Dr. Julie Doherty.

University of Maryland Baltimore Human Research Protections Program

SMART IRB is a platform designed to ease common challenges associated with initiating multisite research and to provide a roadmap for institutions to implement the NIH Single IRB Review policy (effective date: January 25, 2018). Freely available for institutions and investigators, SMART IRB is an integrated, comprehensive platform that allows flexibility in the size and scope of collaboration to enable IRB reliance for multisite studies across the nation, regardless of funding status. Presentation by Dr. Julie Doherty.

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Slides: Relying on an External IRB_Researchers Feb 2024

Announcement - Revisions to Informed Consent and HIPAA Authorization Form Template

Effective December 4th, 2023, the University of Maryland Baltimore Human Research Protections Program (HRPO) will adopt a revised version of the informed consent document (ICF) template.

Recorded Webinars - Session I, II, III, IV, and V: Registration & Reporting Guidelines and Best Practices 
Tony Keys, Johns Hopkins University, explains the regulatory requirements related to clinical and answers any questions you may have about common issues responsible parties encounter when using the system.

Recorded Webinar UMB Research Compliance Education - Research with Prisoners 
Held March 2, 2023, A Review of the Federal Regulations Pertaining to Research with Prisoners presented by Julia Gorey, JD, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Title: A Review of the Federal Regulations Pertaining to Research with Prisoners.

Speaker: Julia Gorey, JD

Julia Gorey serves as a Policy Analyst in the Office for Human Research Protections, Division of Policy, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and is charged with writing and interpreting guidance and policy for 45 CFR part 46, the HHS regulations for the protection of human subjects in research. In addition to general responsibilities, she oversees the administration of subpart C and the review and authorization of human subject research involving prisoners; she also serves as Executive Director of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), which provides expert advice and recommendations to the Secretary, HHS, on issues relevant to research involving human subjects with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations. She is a University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law alumnus.

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