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About the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Participants

All research that involves human participants must be either exempted from review or approved by Cornell's Institutional Review Board (IRB) before it can be initiated. Learn More

News from the IRB

  • Changes to the Common Rule, the regulations governing human subjects research, will take effect January 19, 2018. The IRB is in the process of identifying and revising its policies, templates, and procedures as necessary, and will be engaging with the Cornell research community to provide guidance as the compliance deadline approaches. If you would like more information, the official version of changes to the Common Rule is published in the Federal Register, and a helpful summary is available from the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR).
  • IRB Guidance on Managing Risk of Harm to Self or Others
  • New IRB Live Chat feature -IRB staff will now be accessible via online chat during Open Office Hours (Tues. 10am-12pm, Thurs. 2-4pm)! Click on the chat "button" in the left navigation bar to begin a conversation.


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Contact Information

Myles Gideon
Sr. IRB Administrator
t. 607-255-6182

Janet Jayne
IRB Administrator
t. 607-255-5138

Vanessa McCaffery
Compliance Administrator
t. 607-254-5162

Guilaine Senecal
Assistant Director, ORIA
t. 607-255-8994

East Hill Office Building
395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 320
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850

f. 607-255-0758