Human Research Protection Program

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is a service and compliance unit within the Office of Research at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed). It manages the Institutional Review Board (IRB) that reviews and oversees human subjects research. Please check back regularly for IRB-related news and updates.

IRB News

The Scoop on Case Reports

We’ve had a lot of questions on case reports being submitted to research day for presentation. If you are writing a case report involving one or two subjects, no IRB review is required. When writing up a case report, keep in mind that you cannot use identifiable information (includes living and deceased individuals). This includes name, initials, dates of service, medical record number,  or even age if older than 89 years of age. The full list of 18 identifiers which can’t be used are described here.

New electronic IRB application is now live

The electronic IRB application is now available at Users can also visit the IRB E-Submission webpage for more information. The IRB can be contacted at or 337.4345 with any questions.

Note: We are currently experiencing a few minor technical issues with the new electronic IRB submission system. These issues are related to user access to the IRB module. If you log in to the system and DO NOT see the “Study Assistant” under “My Workspaces” located in top left hand corner, please call the IRB Office at 269-337-4345.

Final Rule Implementation at WMed

The U.S. Office for Human Research Protections has announced a further 6-month delay of the Revised Common Rule. The changes are now expected to take effect on January 21, 2019. The WMed IRB is implementing the changes in tandem with our electronic submission system.  Please continue to monitor our website for upcoming announcements.

IRB Open Office Hours

The WMed IRB will be available in December 2018 and January 2019 for assistance with any questions or help with what’s required from the IRB for your Research Day projects. These sessions will be an opportunity to assist faculty, students and residents that will be submitting projects for Research Day and will provide assistance to help determine what IRB oversight is required. The IRB can be contacted at or 337.4345 with any questions.

W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus Session

Tuesday and Thursday: Noon to 1:00 p.m. near first-floor fireplace 

Friday: 1:00 to 4:00 pm, fourth floor IRB Area