Important Information Regarding The Coronavirus
As we make decisions on how to respond to the COVID-19 infections we want to begin by stating that our primary concern is the safety of our research participants and the research team members who work for Johns Hopkins University and Health System. Our secondary goal is to preserve the scientific integrity of the research protocols. For the most up-to-date information visit – Essential information for Human Subjects Research Teams Related to COVID-19

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of individuals participating as subjects in research. All human participant research conducted under the auspices of the University is evaluated by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that the rights and welfare of participants are fully protected.

The Homewood Institutional Review Board (HIRB) serves the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Education, Carey Business School, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Peabody Institute. HIRB is responsible for reviewing all research projects involving human participants conducted in these divisions. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and student research projects, whether or not a project is funded and regardless of the location at which the research will be conducted.

This site provides resources to help guide investigators through the HIRB application and review process. We also have included information on HIRB policies and procedures, HIRB membership and meeting calendar, education and training, and other resources for members, investigators, and participants.

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Who We Serve

For Members

The members of the Homewood HIRB include Johns Hopkins University faculty from various academic disciplines and a member from the community that is unaffiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

For Investigators

All investigators and research team members must complete training in the protection of human research participants prior to submission of applications for HIRB approval. CITI Program training must be taken every 5 years.

For Participants

The main purpose of the Homewood HIRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants. One way HIRB protects participants is to ensure that their participation is voluntary.

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Important Message From Interim Dean Toscano: Regarding Human Subjects Research

Dear Homewood IRB Investigators, Across the university, efforts are underway to consider the re-opening of human-subjects research activities. It is important that you begin to formulate your plans for the return of non-COVID-19 related human-subjects research. The date when restrictions for human-subjects research will be lifted is unknown at this time; however, IRB researchers and […]

Research Participant COVID-19 Risk Information Documents

For studies that will continue, there is a risk information document that we believe researchers should use with the following protocol (COVID risk research sheet 03152020 Final). Research teams should attempt to contact all participants before their scheduled research visit to provide them this information about COVID-19 risks. When participants arrive for a research-related visit, […]