Human Research Protection Program

At WMed, we believe that research is at the forefront of the advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery. The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is a key component of WMed’s research strategy. The HRPP, in collaboration with the local research community, is responsible for ensuring the ethical and equitable treatment of all human subjects in research conducted at, under the auspices of, or using the services or resources of the medical school.

Our Accredited Program Promotes High Quality Research

AAHRPP LogoWMed achieved full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) in June of 2020.

As the "gold seal," AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that an HRPP is committed to scientifically and ethically sound research and continuous improvement.

IRB News

Update (November 16, 2020)

Due to the increase in patients being treated at our affiliates, processing of submissions that require approval from Bronson Methodist Hospital and/or Ascension Borgess Hospital may be delayed. This includes processing of data pull requests.

Working with the IRB Remotely

IRB review of submitted applications will continue as usual. The IRB is available to assist by calling 269-337-4345. Our remote office hours are M-F 7 am – 6 pm. If you have questions outside of the office hours, email us at Visit to access the electronic IRB application.

New Guidance - Researcher Guidebook

The Researcher Guidebook is a resource designed to guide investigators and study staff through policies and procedures related to the conduct of human research that are specific to WMed. Additionally, it serves as a guide for the research community when preparing and submitting materials to the WMed IRB. General information regarding human research protections as well as relevant federal regulations and guidance has been incorporated throughout this manual where applicable.

Electronic IRB Application

The electronic IRB application is available at Users can also visit the IRB E-Submission webpage for more information. For assistance with accessing or using the electronic system, please contact the IRB at or 269-337-4345. We're located on the fourth floor of the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus. Feel free to drop in with questions. If you would like to schedule a time for one-on-one training, please call 269-337-4345.