February 2019

The Council on Government Relations (COGR) has drafted two excellent summary documents describing the changes to the federal regulations on human subject research. UAF researchers will see these changes reflected on the IRB website, the IRBNet submission system, and in protocol documents and templates. To read COGR's summaries.

January 2019

The 2019 edition of the International Compilation of Human Research Standards has been released and is now available on-line. The Compilation features listings of over 1,000 laws, regulations, and guidelines on human subject protections in 131 countries, as well as standards issued by a number of international and regional organizations. To learn more...

December 2018

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule) has undergone substantial revisions. These changes will affect multiple aspects of the IRB review process. The IRB and the Office of Research Integrity are in the process of revising the affected IRB forms and templates, and these will be posted on the IRB website and in the IRBNet protocol submission system on the Common Rule implementation date of January 21, 2019.  You can read more about these changes here.

August 2018

NIH's Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) has made available country-based guides for the new European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). These new regulations apply to all data collected from individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). They apply to human research projects if data is collected from individuals in the EU and EEA. To read more about the GDPR in general


The mission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to ensure the rights and welfare of people who agree to participate in UAF research projects. 

One way that the IRB and Office of Research Integrity (ORI) work to fulfill the IRB mission is by encouraging dialog between researchers and the community on issues related to the responsible and respectful conduct of research.  As part of this outreach, ORI co-sponsored Fred Gray's January 2007 visit to UAF as part of our observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Alaska Civil Liberties Day.  Mr. Gray, a noted civil rights attorney, spoke about his personal relationships with and representation of the men enrolled in the Tuskegee Syphilis Study without their informed consent and their families.  This case was one of the driving forces behind the development of laws and regulations to protect human participants in research studies in the United States.

An archived webcast of Mr. Gray's January 19, 2007 lecture is available. ORI also has several DVDs of the lecture that may be checked out for UAF educational uses. Contact ORI for more information or to request a copy.

IRB Meetings & Deadlines

The UAF IRB meets monthly to discuss applications requiring full board review and to conduct other IRB business.   Protocol related applications must be submitted via IRBNet by 5:00 p.m. local time 10 business days prior to the meeting.

Please submit non-protocol related items to the Research Integrity Administrator via e-mail to uaf-irb@alaska.edu at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled meeting date.

Winter/Spring IRB Meetings: 

  • Generally the first Wednesday of each month
  • Location:  210 WRRB
  • Time:  9:00am to 10:00am
  • Submission Deadline:  Two weeks prior to each meeting date @ 5:00 P.M. (ADT)

Note:  All submissions for IRB review must be made through IRBNet!  

All researchers with projects to be reviewed by the full board are welcome to attend.  Please let us know if you plan to attend at x7800.