August 2018- NIH's Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) has made available country-based guides for the new European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). https://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/international/gdpr/compilation-of-gdpr-guidances-tables/index.html.These new regulations apply to all data collected from individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). They apply to human research projects if data is collected from individuals in the EU and EEA. To read more about the GDPR in general, please visit: https://www.eugdpr.org/

December 2017- The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. has recently launched a web site of resources on conducting research in the Arctic. https://www.arcus.org/resources/northern-communities. These resources, recommendations, and best practices come from a variety of sources and cover a wide variety of topics, and aim to help researchers build good communication and cooperation with northern communities.

November 2017- The 2018 edition of the International Compilation of Human Research Standards has been released and is now available on-line: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/international/compilation-human-research-standards/index.html . The Compilation features listings of over 1,000 laws, regulations, and guidelines on human subject protections in 130 countries, as well as standards issued by a number of international and regional organizations. 

April 2017- The National Institutes of Health will be incorporating a new "Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information form" into the grant and contract application process. Beginning January 25, 2018, every applicant will be required to complete this form whenever human subject research or clinical trials are indicated. To learn more, visit: https://grants.nih.gov/policy/clinical-trials/new-human-subject-clinical-trial-info-form.htm



The mission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to ensure the rights and welfare of people who agree to participate in UAF research projects. 

One way that the IRB and Office of Research Integrity (ORI) work to fulfill the IRB mission is by encouraging dialog between researchers and the community on issues related to the responsible and respectful conduct of research.  As part of this outreach, ORI co-sponsored Fred Gray's January 2007 visit to UAF as part of our observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Alaska Civil Liberties Day.  Mr. Gray, a noted civil rights attorney, spoke about his personal relationships with and representation of the men enrolled in the Tuskegee Syphilis Study without their informed consent and their families.  This case was one of the driving forces behind the development of laws and regulations to protect human participants in research studies in the United States.

An archived webcast of Mr. Gray's January 19, 2007 lecture is available at http://www.alaska.edu/oit/cts/streaming/srchive/2007/IRB/ (requires Flash Player to view). ORI also has several DVDs of the lecture that may be checked out for UAF educational uses. Contact ORI for more information or to request a copy.

IRB Meetings & Deadlines

The UAF IRB meets monthly to discuss applications requiring full board review and to conduct other IRB business.   Protocol related applications must be submitted via IRBNet by 5:00 p.m. local time 10 business days prior to the meeting.

Please submit non-protocol related items to the Research Integrity Administrator via e-mail to uaf-irb@alaska.edu at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled meeting date.

Winter/Spring IRB Meetings: 

  • Generally the first Wednesday of each month
  • Location:  210 WRRB
  • Time:  9:00am to 10:00am
  • Submission Deadline:  Two weeks prior to each meeting date @ 5:00 P.M. (ADT)

Note:  All submissions for IRB review must be made through IRBNet!  

All researchers with projects to be reviewed by the full board are welcome to attend.  Please let us know if you plan to attend at x7800.

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