Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Human Research Protection Office (HRPO)

All human subject research conducted by University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff, or students, regardless of funding source or location at which the research will be conducted, requires submission to the Pitt IRB.

When research is conducted outside the United States, investigators must comply both with the U.S. regulations and with the local policies and regulations governing the international research sites. Detailed information on requirements for International research studies are available on the IRB website.

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(412) 383-1480



Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

IACUC has a standard operating procedure (SOP) “Accepting IACUC Reviews from Other Institutions” that covers circumstances involving collaborations between the University of Pittsburgh and other institutions or animal care programs.

Michael Kessler
(412) 383-2008



Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

All research involving recombinant DNA (rDNA) materials, including human gene transfer protocols (clinical trials using recombinant DNA molecules), must be reviewed by the IBC. University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff, or students involved with or conducting this type of research in the U.S. or abroad must obtain IBC approval.

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Beverly Harding
(412) 383-1768



Radiation Safety Office (RSO)

In addition to providing radiation safety training, monitoring, and waste disposal, the Radiation Safety Office is responsible for all sources of licensed radioactive material and ionizing radiation producing equipment and ensuring they are used optimally and safely.

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Michael Sheetz