VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Blog

The VCU HRPP is dedicated to facilitating ethically and scientifically sound research through robust review of research projects and through effective education and outreach to the VCU research community.

*The original deadline of January 5, 2024, has been extended to March 1, 2024. This post has been edited to reflect an updated deadline.

Dear Research Community,

We are excited to announce that the nomination period for membership on our esteemed Institutional Review Board (IRB) is now open for the 2024 annual calendar. As a vital component of our commitment to ethical research practices, the IRB plays a crucial role in ensuring the protection and welfare of human subjects involved in research conducted at our institution.

Nomination Period: November 24, 2023 – March 1, 2024 *Updated deadline*

We invite all interested, qualified and dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to consider applying for membership. The IRB is seeking candidates who can contribute to a broad spectrum of expertise, fostering a rich and inclusive dialogue on ethical considerations in research.

Why Join the IRB?

Serving on the IRB provides a unique opportunity to actively contribute to the ethical review process. Members are at the forefront of safeguarding the rights and well-being of research participants. The commitment involves attending a minimum of 10 convened meetings a year, conducting 10 expedited reviews, and evaluating 10 exemption or not-human-subject determinations annually.

How to Apply:

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please complete the 2024 Institutional Review Board Nomination Form available on our website and submit it by March 1, 2024. We encourage you to consider this prestigious opportunity to be part of a committee dedicated to advancing ethical research practices within our institution.

Diversity Matters:

We are particularly committed to creating a diverse cohort of IRB members that represents a wide range of perspectives and experiences. Your unique background and expertise could contribute significantly to the ethical oversight of research at our institution.

Join us in upholding the highest standards in research ethics and ensuring the responsible conduct of research involving human subjects. Together, let’s make a meaningful impact on the landscape of ethical research.

For more information contact the Human Research Protection Program at  and 804- 828-0868 or click  2024 Institutional Review Board Nomination Form to the nomination form.

Thank you for your interest and commitment to advancing ethical research practices.


Sanjur Brooks, DPS, MA

Director, Human Research Protections Program 

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

Virginia Commonwealth University

Categories Announcements and Updates, IRB Membership, Open Call for Nominations