Human Research Protection Program

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) reviews and monitors human research conducted by Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff and students. The HRPP is comprised of an interconnected system of individuals, programs and offices. It works to assure the appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. 


The CWRU HRPP is accredited by Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). To learn more about this accreditation, please visit AAHRPP’s website.

IRB Advisory Committee

CWRU and its four Cleveland hospital affiliates are members of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Advisory Committee (IAC), which is overseen by the associate vice president for research and executive director for CWRU’s HRPP and serves to provide centralized oversight of the CWRU HRPP.

The IAC's core mission is to ensure that the oversight of human subject research is appropriate and in accordance with institutional, federal and state regulations under the CWRU HRPP. The secondary mission of the IAC is to share resources and best practices among member institutions and other institutions within our community to ensure the protection of participants in human research.

CWRU and Its Hospital Affiliates’ IRBs

See IAC Charter Information

Get in Touch

To express any concerns, complaints or suggestions regarding the organization's program to protect research participants, please use the following contact information.