Effective immediately, the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board (IRB) Office, with the support of the Chancellor and Provost, has been renamed the Human Research Protection Office (HRPO).
The HRPO will maintain its position under the Office of Research Protections (ORP) and will continue to oversee the functions of the IRB Committees and administrative review processes. This change will not affect the review process or services provided to the research community; rather it more accurately reflects the comprehensive services that have always been provided. The HRPO will promote the safety and protection of individuals involved in research by providing support, guidance and education to facilitate ethical and scientifically sound research. Send any questions about this change to askirb.pitt.edu.