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Research Review by the Mount St. Mary's IRB

As per the requirements of the State of Maryland and the NIH and other bodies, research involving human and animal participants requires review by the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB). The purpose of the Board is to insure that human and animal participants in research are treated according to conventional ethical standards. In general, research targeted towards publication requires IRB review, whatever its level of risk.

Some students might also be required by their instructors to submit research proposals to the IRB that might not otherwise need IRB approval (e.g., work with planaria or c. elegens). If your professor requires IRB review, follow all protocols below.

Before submitting an IRB application you should:

  1. Get a copy of the IRB form to prepare your answers (see below);
  2. Do the NIH Human Participants training (see below);
  3. Get approval of your IRB application by your research advisor;
  4. Send a copy of you Informed Consent Form to the IRB Chair (see below)

For any questions, contact the IRB Chair, currently Dr. Robert Keefer at campus extension 5251 or click on his email address to send him a question.

If your research involves animal participants, contact Dr. Keefer regarding ethical review of animal projects.

If you plan to fill out an IRB proposal, it is strongly suggested that you look over the questions on the submission form carefully. You should prepare your answers in a word processor so that you can spell check them before submission. You can simply "cut and paste" your answers into the IRB proposal form on the next page. Click here for a MicroSoft Word version of the of the IRB Proposal Questionnaire/form.

Please note that all IRB applications involving human participation must include a copy of the Informed Consent form that will be used (as well as any debriefing form). This can simply be sent to the IRB Chair; again, click here or use to send him your form.

The NIH site for training in Human Subject Research has been closed, for no apparent reason. The IRB is working on an alternative.
In the meantime, no certification will be required.
As stated above, the IRB now requires all applicants complete the NIH training for the Protecting Human Research Participants at this address: You should include your certificate number in your answer to Question 2 on the application.


Updated: April, 2019