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Administrative Responsibilities: Research Involving Human Subjects

Read about administrative officials' responsibilities in the area of research involving human subjects.

Research involving human subjects

UCSD is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects, human specimens, and related data in research conducted by or under the supervision of faculty, staff, or students.


  • Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) review research protocols involving human subjects, human specimens, and related data and evaluate risk and protection against risk for subjects by:
    • Certifying that projects reviewed conform to DHHS and FDS regulations/ policies regarding health, welfare, safety, rights, and privileges of human subjects
    • Helping investigators comply with federal and state regulations
  • UCSD's IRB:
    • Reviews all human subject research that is sponsored and conducted by UCSD or San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SDVAMC) employees or agents
    • Uses UCSD/ SDVAMC property or facilities
    • Uses non-public information to identify or contact human research subjects