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About the Office of Human Research

The Office of Human Research (OHR) is the administrative support office for the George Washington University (GW) Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). OHR's mission is to support the GW research community in the conduct of innovative and ethical research by providing guidance, education and oversight for the protection of human subjects.

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Electronic Submission and Tracking of Forms and Studies

The human subjects module of GW iRIS, the university’s new electronic research compliance system, has been launched. Beginning June 1, 2018, investigators can initiate and track the status of IRB applications via GW iRIS. The system automatically routes applications for approval and streamlines the review process. The Office of Human Research is no longer accepting paper forms or email submissions.

For information about logging into the system, training and support, please view the GW iRIS webpage.

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Human Subjects Research

The Office of Human Research (OHR) strongly urges investigators to take steps to decrease the likelihood that they will put themselves, members of their study teams, or their study participants at risk of becoming infected with or transmitting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Principal investigators (PIs) and their study teams should carefully consider their research protocols in light of the rapidly evolving environment, while being mindful of university and sponsor guidelines.

Read OHR's COVID-19 Guidance