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Rights, Safety and Protection of Human Subjects

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 subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OHRP helps ensure this by providing clarification and guidance, developing educational programs and materials, maintaining regulatory oversight, and providing advice on ethical and regulatory issues in biomedical and social-behavioral research.

Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB®)

The Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB®) is a regulatory agency that provides human subjects protection for individuals participating in research trials. The WIRB also provides general information about research to people who are thinking about entering a research study. Visit their website to learn more about topics such as Who can I Contact With Questions or Concerns?, What is a protocol?, Risks and Benefits to Research, and Responsibilities and Rights to Research Subjects just to name a few.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Institutional Review Board (JHSPH-IRB)

Call or contact the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health IRB Office if you have questions about your rights as a study participant. Contact the IRB if you feel you have not been treated fairly or if you have other concerns.  The IRB contact information is:  

 Address:         Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

                        615 N. Wolfe Street, Suite E1100

                        Baltimore, MD   2120

Telephone:        410-955-3193

Toll Free:          1-888-262-3242

Fax:                 410-502-0584

E-mail:             irboffice@jhsph.edu