Human Subjects: All University of Memphis faculty, staff, or students who propose to engage in any
research activity involving the use of human subjects must have prior approval from
the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is responsible for safeguarding rights
and welfare of all persons participating in research projects, whether funded or non-funded.
Human subjects means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional
or student) conducting research obtains: (1) data through intervention or interaction
with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information. Research means a systematic
investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to
develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. For further information, contact
the IRB coordinator in the Office of Research Support Services.
Vertebrate Animals: All uses of vertebrate animals must receive prior approval from the Institutional
Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Biohazards: Research involving recombinant DNA, radioisotopes, or other hazardous material must
receive prior approval by the Institutional Biosafety Committee.