All research involving the use of human subjects subject to the Marshall University Human Research Protection Program MUST be submitted to an Institutional Review Board (IRB) designated by Marshall University for review and approval PRIOR to initiation of the project.

When there is any doubt as to whether or not a study could qualify as human subject research, you should submit an abstract to the Office of Research Integrity for an IRB chairman to review and make a determination. This abstract must be written in lay terms, should be 1-2 pages max, and should include the following information:

  • The purpose of the research;
  • The scientific or scholarly rationale;
  • The procedures to be performed;
  • A description of what procedures were being performed already for diagnostic or treatment purposes;
  • The risks and potential benefits of the research; and
  • Complete inclusion/exclusion criteria.

The abstract can be mailed, hand delivered or e-mailed to the respective IRB coordinator. The contact information for the IRB coordinators is:

IRB #1 (Medical) – Trula Stanley, 304.696.7320

IRB #2 (Social/Behavioral) – Bruce Day, 304.696.4303

Once the IRB chairman has made a determination, the respective IRB coordinator will contact you to communicate the decision.

Thesis Abstracts may be submitted to Bruce Day, director of the Office of Research Integrity, for a determination as to whether or not it is human subject research. If the thesis is deemed to be human subject research, then you will be directed to the appropriate IRB coordinator for assistance. If the thesis is deemed not to be human subject research then you will be provided a letter stating that determination.