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The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) sponsors a series of workshops on responsibilities of researchers, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), and institutional officials for the protection of human subjects in research. The Conferences are open to everyone with an interest in research involving human subjects. The meetings should be of special interest to those persons currently serving or about to begin serving as a member of an IRB. Issues discussed at these Conferences are relevant to all other Public Health Service agencies. 

Scheduled future conferences include:  



OHRP Research Community Forum in University Park, Illinois on July 28, 2015

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Governors State University, Illinois will be co-hosting the July 2015 OHRP Research Community Forum in University Park, Illinois. The event title is “Human Subjects Research: Current Challenges in the Modern Research World”. In addition to the HHS regulations on human research protections, the conference will cover a variety of topics including ethical issues involving incidental findings, ethnographic research, internet research, and research involving vulnerable subjects. Additionally, representatives of OHRP will be onsite to answer questions and provide news and policy updates.

Researchers, research coordinators, Institutional Review Board (IRB) members and staff, institutional officials, other public health service agencies, emerging bioscience companies entering human research and anyone with an interest in research involving human subjects should consider attending this informative and interesting one-day conference.

Date and Venue:
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Governors State University,
One University Parkway,
University Park, IL 60484
For more information about the forum, please visit    




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Human Research Protections Workshop: Getting through Human Research Reviews without Pain

Session(s) Offered:  Full day program 9:00am-4:00pm

This full-day workshop aims to provide participants with the knowledge and information necessary to have their NIH grant applications and research protocols pass review for human research protections. It will focus on clarifying confusions and providing participants with practical tips and solutions to problems and difficulties commonly encountered during such reviews. Agenda.

Audience:  Early-staged investigators and trial coordinators involved in human subject research.

*The Human Research Protections Workshop may be attended separately without registering for the NIH Regional Seminar.



For further information regarding upcoming National Human Subject Protections Conferences, please contact:

Lannette Myers
Program Assistant
Division of Education
Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
The Tower Building
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20852


For a list of prior OHRP conferences