The Catholic University of America

The Protection of Human Subjects and Animals in Research Projects

À mon seul désir, the sixth of the La Dame à la licorne ("The Lady and the Unicorn") tapestries in the Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris

The Institutional Review Board/Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services provides administrative support for the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the university's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS). The members of the IRB are responsible for insuring all research using human subjects conducted at CUA or by CUA faculty/staff, and/or students at any location, including research conducted as part of classroom exercises or course requirements, complies with federal/state regulations. The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services is the responsible administrative unit for all human subjects research. Forms for documenting a specific research project and receiving approval can be obtained from the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services.

More information on the work of the Institutional Review Board can be found at the IRB website through the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services.

All IRB-related questions should be directed to Mr. Ralph Albano, Associate Provost for Research and Director of Technology Transfer. He can be reached by email at cua-osp@cua.edu, or by phone at 202-319-5218.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee/Animal Welfare Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee/Animal Welfare Committee (IACUC) generally meets twice a year or at special requests based upon frequency of submissions. IACUC meets to decide whether requirements of the federal regulations assuring the welfare of animals (9 CFR, subchapter A) are met. The Principal Investigator is denied or given approval to follow research protocol and procedures as specified. If any changes in protocol develop, a written request to IACUC must be submitted. The approval remains active for a period of one year from the date of certification. If project continues beyond one year, the Principal Investigator must resubmit materials for renewal in a timely fashion so that the research may continue uninterrupted.

More information on the work of the Animal Welfare Committee can be found at the IACUC website through the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services.

All IACUC-related questions should be directed to Mr. Ralph Albano, Associate Provost for Research and Director of Technology Transfer. He can be reached by email at cua-osp@cua.edu, or by phone at 202-319-5218.