NHGRI Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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NHGRI Institutional Review Board


The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of the human subjects of research conducted by intramural investigators at NHGRI.

All intramural research protocols involving human subjects must be submitted for review by the NHGRI IRB. These Web pages contain the instructions, forms and relevant links for submitting a research protocol to the IRB.

IRB News and Updates

March 18, 2014

From: Director, Office of Human Subjects Research Protections, DIR, NIH
Subject: AAHRPP Accreditation Status

The Office of Human Subjects Research Protections (OHSRP) is pleased to announce that the NIH intramural program has achieved Full Accreditation with the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Programs (AAHRPP). OHSRP wishes to acknowledge and thank the intramural community for its assistance and cooperation on this major effort. We have come together as a community to make participation on intramural research protocols even better for our participants and their families.



Victoria Willits
IRB Coordinator
10 Center Drive, CRC
Building 10 CRC, Room 6-3330
Bethesda, MD 20892-1611
Phone: (301) 496-1906
Fax: (301) 480-3015
E-mail: vwillits@mail.nih.gov

Sara Hull, Ph.D.
Director, NHGRI Bioethics Core
Chair, NHGRI Institutional Review Board
Phone: (301) 435-8712
E-mail: shull@mail.nih.gov

Ben Berkman, J.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Director, NHGRI Bioethics Core
Phone: (301) 496-1531
E-mail: berkmanbe@mail.nih.gov

Grisel Lopez, M.D.
Staff Clinicial, NHGRI Medical Genetics Branch
Vice Chair, NHGRI Insitutional Review Board
Phone: (301) 451-1806
E-Mail: glopez@mail.nih.gov

Tara L. McDonough
NHGRI IRB Administrator
10 Center Drive
Building 10 CRC, Room 6-3330
Bethesda, MD 20892-1611
Phone: (301) 827-0026
Fax: (301) 480-3015
E-Mail: tara.mcdonough@nih.gov

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Last Updated: February 11, 2015