A component of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and a unit of the Office of Research Compliance, the Institutional Review Boards oversee human subjects research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This includes research conducted off-site by University faculty and staff when acting as University employees or in connection with their University appointments. The IRBs review and oversee research to ensure that it meets ethical principles and complies with federal regulations, state laws, and university policies. The IRBs are composed of members from various disciplines in the medical, social, and behavioral sciences as well as community members.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an IRB must review all research involving human subjects, and the research cannot begin until the IRB has reached a determination. This is true even if a researcher perceives there are no risks for people who participate in their research.

Accreditation

The University’s Human Research Protection Program is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. Learn more about AAHRPP accreditation.

IRB Chairs


Health Sciences IRB

Peter Rahko, MD (Chair)
Professor of Medicine – Cardiovascular
(608) 262-9088
psr@medicine.wisc.edu

Donna Blankenbaker, MD (Vice-Chair)
Associate Professor of Medicine – Allergy and Immunology
(608) 265-8601
dblankenbaker@uwhealth.org

Michelle Ciucci, PhD, CCC-SLP (Vice-Chair)
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
(608) 262-6122
ciucci@surgery.wisc.edu

Rowan Karaman, MD (Vice-Chair)
Assistant Professor of Medicine – Endocrinology
rkaraman@medicine.wisc.edu

Sameer Mathur, MD, PhD (Vice-Chair)
Associate Professor of Medicine – Allergy and Immunology
(608) 262-2804
skmathur@wisc.edu

Minimal Risk Research IRB

Edward Hubbard, PhD (Chair)
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
(608) 265-2607
emhubbard@wisc.edu

Kristina Matkowskyj, MD, PhD (Vice-Chair)
Assistant Professor, Pathology
(608) 265-4235
matkowskyj@wisc.edu