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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

IRB Navigator

Do you need help with your IRB Submission?  Contact the IRB Navigator.

The IRB Navigator helps students and faculty navigate BSPH IRB procedures for their first-time human subjects research submissions or particularly complicated protocols.

We can help with:

  • General guidance on the BSPH IRB and the necessary steps to get approval for human subjects research
  • Guidance on the preparation and submission of:
    • Initial submissions for new projects
    • Informed consent
    • Amendments and continuing reviews for existing projects
  • Assistance in navigating PHIRST, the online platform used to manage IRB submissions at BSPH
  • Answers to general questions
  • Resources related to IRB

The IRB Navigator is available Monday through Friday via email or Zoom, individually or in group/department settings. Please contact us at to set up a meeting.

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  • Questions about Student Research: click here



This service is run through the Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (ICTR) (not the IRB), and consultants are faculty members at the Berman Institute of Bioethics. The ICTR offers education, expert advice and resources to better equip study teams to conduct research that is ethical, relevant and responsive to the interests of patients and research participants. Note:  This service is not designed to “pre-review" submissions to the IRB nor to review or draft consent documents.