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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

New IRB Chair, Professor Andrew Willford

We are delighted to announce that on July 1, 2018, Andrew Willford began his term as the Chair of Cornell's IRB. Andrew is a Professor of Anthropology and has previously served as the Chair of the Department. His research has focused upon ethnic identity, the politics of development, and mental health in Malaysia and India. Andrew takes over this role from Professor Emeritus Carol Devine, who led the IRB for six years until her retirement from Cornell in June 2018.

The Revised Common Rule: some provisions now in effect, most others effective January 21

Most provisions of the Revised Common Rule will be effective on January 21, 2019. Learn more

Cornell has chosen to adopt some burden-reducing provisions of the Revised Rule early. Effective now:

  • Annual or triennial continuing review ("renewal") is no longer needed for expedited protocols. Learn more
  • Two other burden-reducing provisions of the Revised Common Rule are also now in effect. Learn more
  • Non-federally funded studies involving benign experiments may qualify for exemption using criteria from the Revised Common Rule that the IRB has chosen to apply early. Learn more

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes to IRB processes, please do not hesitate to contact the IRB office.

More News from the IRB

  • Policy Changes Affecting NIH Studies (learn more)
  • New Guidance on Parental Consent
  • Read the April 2018 newsletter
  • Video Resource: Informed Consent 101


IRB Office Hours (New times!)

IRB Protocol Tools

Biomedical Templates

Message to Researchers about New NIH Policies (March 20, 2018)

Newsletter Archive

Contact Information

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