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About the IRB

Our Mission

To ensure the protection of human research subjects by conducting scientific and ethical review of research studies while providing leadership and education for the research community.

Scope of Authority for the

The DUHS IRB is the IRB-of-Record for all DUHS employees and students who conduct research with human subjects, regardless of the location of that research.  It serves as the IRB for:

  • Duke University Hospital and Clinics
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Duke University School of Nursing
  • Duke Regional Hospital
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital
  • Duke University (biomedical)


The DUHS IRB has oversight of nine convened IRBs, eight of which meet monthly in Hock Plaza on the first, second, third and fourth Wednesday and Thursday afternoons of the month.

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The DUHS IRB office has 14 full-time employees and 13 part-time employees, including 11 Chairs, the Executive Director, and 15 staff persons.  IRB members are drawn from various disciplines across DUHS and from the surrounding Durham/Triangle community.

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