Human Subjects Protection Program

The Human Subjects Protection Program involves both biomedical research and social, behavioral and educational research

The Human Subjects Protection Program Office (HSPPO) helps to ensure that all University of Louisville research involving human participants is conducted in accordance with Federal and State regulations and University and sponsoring agency policies and procedures instituted to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants. HSPPO upholds this commitment to the protection of human participants involved in research regardless of the funding source and regardless of the location of the research. HSPPO supports two duly established and independent Institutional Review Boards (hereby referred to as IRBs), which review and approve protocols for all research involving human participants. The IRBs also serve as the University’s institutional Privacy Board.

What's New in Research

Log into iRIS software

The iRIS software program for electronic submissions is up and running.  This software is very user friendly and will help researchers be able to conduct their studies more quickly and with less frustration.  For training on the system, please go to our iRIS page and sign up or login now.

IRB Calendar

Go to the HSPPO calendar of eventsIRB meets for a full board meeting on the first, third and fourth Thursday of every month

View the online calendar for schedules related to Biomedical IRB or Social/Behavioral/Educational IRB meetings, annual AAHRPP and PRIMR Meetings, and office closings.


View calendar as a .pdf


Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) accreditationAssociation for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) accreditation is a public affirmation of an organization's commitment to protecting research participants. The University of Louisville Human Subjects Protection Program has full accreditation through AAHRPP.


Full Accreditation Human Research Protection Program