Institutional Review Board

Human Subjects Research - Institutional Review Board

Clarkson University maintains an Institutional Review Board (IRB) with the mandate of protecting the rights and welfare of humans who participate in research. Federal guidelines require that any research related to human subjects that makes generalizable claims and/or will be presented publicly (including research in the classroom) must initially be reviewed and approved or exempted by the Clarkson University IRB, whether it is conducted by faculty, staff, assistants, students, or any other research collaborator.

IRB Protocol Submission & Meeting Dates

Protocols must be submitted to Sponsored Research Services no later than noon (12:00PM EST) on the submission deadline date (two weeks prior to the selected meeting date) in order to allow the IRB Chair time to pre-review protocols.  Protocols with significant issues may require revision before being accepted for review by the full IRB. Please note that any required revisions, as a result of the pre-review, would need to be completed no later than one week prior to the selected meeting date.

Information for individuals involved in research

Clarkson University may collect your personal data in a numbers of ways, including by you providing it to us as part of an agreement to participate in research with Clarkson. Clarkson may also be provided your information by a third party with whom you have agreed to allow information to be shared.

These agreements are often contained in an “Informed Consent” document that you sign with Clarkson or with a third party.  This Informed Consent document will contain additional important information about how your data may be used.

For any research that involves human subjects, Clarkson follows the principles outlined in the Belmont Report, the U.S. “Common Rule,” and other applicable law.

Clarkson may also receive your information as part of a research collaboration with federal, state, or local governmental authorities.

Importantly, there are laws that affect how your data may be used or shared by Clarkson, and may provide you with additional rights.

Human Subjects Research Training

To help ensure our researchers are properly trained in human subjects research, Clarkson utilizes the CITI Human Subjects Research Training.


Clarkson University recognizes its responsibility to ensure the humane and appropriate care and use of all live vertebrate animals used or intended for use in research, research training, experimentation, biological testing, or teaching. Therefore, the University has established and provides resources for an Animal Care and Use Program and an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) that oversees the program, facilities, policies, and procedures.

IACUC Members are as follows:

  • Richard Latt DVM
  • Thomas Lufkin, Department of Biology (Committee Chair)
  • Costel Darie, Department of Chemistry and Bimolecular Science
  • Andrew David, Department of Biology
  • Rebecca Pelkey, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Kenneth Wallace, Department of Biology
  • M.B. Warburton, Local Community Member

IACUC Meeting Dates

IACUC meetings are typically scheduled on a semi-annual basis or as needed; April and October. IACUC protocol applications are due at least one week prior to scheduled meeting date.

Next IRB Meeting: TBD

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