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Overview of Human Subjects Protections

Human subjects protections is about respecting the rights and welfare of people who volunteer to help researchers by participating in their studies.  Researchers come from colleges and universities, medical facilities and medical schools, and private and public research institutes. Regardless where in the United States a researcher is working, the ethical principles and fundamental regulations are the same.

Every institution that accepts public funding for research must abide by one of the three primary ethical guidelines: the Declaration of Helsinki, the Nuremberg Code, or the Belmont Report.  MSU Denver is committed to upholding the ethical principles of the Belmont Report: Respect for Persons, Beneficence, and Justice.

In addition, each institution must have an Institutional Review Board (IRB) that is charged with reviewing human subjects research to ensure that it complies with ethical principles and the federal regulations that govern human subjects protections.


The "Guidance" section of the IRB/HSPP website is intended to provide information to researchers, participants, IRB members, and the general community on ethical issues in human subjects research and protections.  Guidance on specific aspects of human subjects research, such as informed consent, may be helpful as researchers develop a submission package for IRB review or as individuals consider whether or not to participate in a research study. 

The HSPP welcomes your questions, concerns, feedback, suggestions, and collaboration.  If you need assistance, please contact us.


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