COVID-19: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (‘Illinois’) Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (‘OPRS’) continues to develop plans to both protect the safety and health of our community as well as to ensure continuity of our business operations. Please see information and guidance for researchers here.
March 30, 2021
Next Social Behavioral IRB meeting
March 11, 2021
Next Biomedical IRB meeting
Submissions are pre-reviewed by OPRS before IRB review. Items requiring full board review must be determined to be ready, with pre-review issues resolved, no less than two weeks prior to the meeting date. This allows adequate processing time and ensures sufficient review time for the IRB members.
Education & Outreach Update
In-person OPRS presentations are on hold until further notice. If you have a request for a Zoom presentation, please provide OPRS with more information by emailing IRB@illinois.edu.
Illinois is now a member of SmartIRB, an online reliance system to aid in collaborative agreements across campuses.
Research in the News
Check out various news items related to human subjects research here.
Privacy Everywhere Conference
Take a 360-degree look at privacy through panel discussion and presenter expertise. Topics will include privacy and human research subjects, the future of privacy law, meta data, and the Safer Illinois application.
Friday, February 26, 2021 | 9 AM-2 PM | Online | Register using this form
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The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS), while performing administrative functions of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), serves as the official oversight office for human subject research at Illinois. The office is the central point of contact for investigators, research subjects, and regulatory agencies. OPRS organizes and documents the IRB review process, monitors research regulations, produces educational resources for faculty and staff, and provides assurance that the Urbana campus is in compliance with federal, state, and campus policies. Contact OPRS.
All research involving human subjects that is conducted at or sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whether funded or unfunded and whether conducted by Illinois faculty or others, must comply with applicable policies for the protection of human subjects.