Which IRB do I choose?

Investigators who wish to conduct studies with human subjects must obtain approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) before commencing their research. At Duke, there are two distinct IRBs:

  • The Campus Human Subjects Protections Program (the Campus IRB), which reviews non-medical human subjects research (HSR) studies.
  • The DUHS IRB, which reviews HSR studies that utilize Duke Health patients or patient data, Duke Health resources, or services that generate a Maestro Care charge.

Duke faculty members with primary appointments in the School of Medicine (SOM) must submit to the DUHS IRB. Campus researchers may submit proposals to either IRB; however, if a Campus proposal includes use of any of the above-described Duke Health resources, it must be submitted to the DUHS IRB for review.