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Human Research Protection Program

Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

The HRPP provides internal and external monitoring, which is designed to assess compliance and safety in human subjects research. It develops, implements, and interprets Vanderbilt HRPP (VHRPP) policies and procedures and takes action on non-compliance according to VHRPP policies and procedures. Its responsibilities include:

  • Providing interpretation and application of Federal regulations
  • Reviewing and ensuring adequate resource allocation
  • Supporting and facilitating the IRB process and committee
  • Maintaining ongoing educational programs for Investigators and key study personnel
  • Mentoring and training VHRPP new staff
  • Performing directed audits and random compliance reviews

For a more detailed outline of the HRPP's responsibilities, click here.

Oversight Committee

 Institutional Review Board Committees (IRB)

The mission of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects at the university. To accomplish this, it reviews and approves the initiation of and reviews periodically research involving human subjects. At Vanderbilt, four IRB Committees review health, behavioral, and social science research. Their responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing all proposed human subject research in accordance with the basic ethical principles of The Belmont Report
  • Conducting timely continuing reviews of approved research, with the authority to approve, require modification in, or disapprove all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction
  • Evaluating research applications involving the use of radiological procedures (e.g., x-rays, radionuclides, etc.), which the participant would otherwise not receive as part of his/her medical care

For a more detailed outline of IRB's responsibilities, click here


Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of human subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OHRP is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Office of the Secretary of HHS.

OHRP provides clarification and guidance, develops educational programs and materials, maintains regulatory oversight, and provides advice on ethical and regulatory issues in biomedical and behavioral research. OHRP also supports the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), which advises the HHS Secretary on issues related to protecting human subjects in research

For more on the OHRP, click here.

Contact Directory


  Lead Day-to-day Contact
VUMC Gordon Bernard
615-343-0077 | e-mail
Julie Ozier
615-322-2918 | e-mail
VU Padma Raghavan
615-322-6155 | e-mail
Hilda McMackin
615-875-2716 | e-mail
IRB General Staff
615-322-2918 | e-mail
HRPP General Staff
615-322-2918 | e-mail