All human subjects research (and all other activities, which in part involve human subject research), regardless of sponsorship, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to initiation. This includes all interventions and interactions with human subjects for research, including advertising, recruitment, and/or screening of potential subjects.

Getting Started

Research Determination

Is this activity Human Subjects Research?
Step 1

New Study Submission

What do I need to submit?

Step 2

Submission Review

I am ready to submit – now what?

Step 3

Post Approval

What’s next?

Step 4

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a university-wide standing committee whose members are appointed annually by UTD’s President. The IRB has the authority to review, approve, disapprove, or require changes in all research or related activities involving human participants. The Office of Research Integrity and Outreach works directly with investigators and their administrative staff to facilitate submission of the required IRB documentation.

Callier patient Andy Cobb (left), Callier program manager Melissa Sweeney (center), and Andy's mother, Mary Cobb (right)
Patient with Callier program manager Melissa Sweeney (center).

The primary mission of the IRB is to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of all human participants in research conducted by university faculty, staff, and students. The IRB review process is guided by federal and state regulations, university policy, and the Belmont Report. IRB members include faculty, staff, and community members (scientists and non-scientists) who, in the aggregate, possess a broad range of interests and expertise that correspond with the areas of research reviewed.

On January 21, 2019 the 2018 Common Rule Requirements became effective with the exception of cooperative research. Please go here to learn more.

Contact Us

  • Sanaz Okhovat,
    Sanaz Okhovat
    Associate VP for Research, 972-883-4579, AD 3.202H, sanaz.okhovat@utdallas.edu, biosafety and chemical safety committee;conflict of interest;export control;institutional review board;lab animal resource center;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Research Integrity and Outreach,
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  • Amanda Boone,
    Amanda Boone
    Associate Director, IRB, 972-883-4575, AD 3.218B, amanda.boone@utdallas.edu, institutional review board;research integrity and outreach
  • Tiffani Jantz Fox,
    Tiffani Jantz Fox
    IRB Specialist, 972-883-4535, AD 3.218, tiffani.jantz@utdallas.edu, institutional review board;research integrity and outreach
  • Mary Beth Goodnight,
    Mary Beth Goodnight
    IRB Specialist, 972-883-4595, AD 3.218, marybeth.goodnight@utdallas.edu, institutional review board;research integrity and outreach
  • Yessenia Mendez,
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    IRB Specialist, 972-883-4758, AD 3.218, yessenia.mendez@utdallas.edu, institutional review board;research integrity and outreach