Human Research

The Wake Forest University Institutional Review Board (IRB)  is a committee of faculty, staff, and community members that reviews research about living people. They are charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human participants involved in research conducted under the auspices of Wake Forest University, in accordance with its Federal-wide Assurance and 45 CFR §46.

Do you need IRB approval for your proposed research activity?

If you are gathering information about living individuals, you may be conducting human research.

Contact  for guidance. Don’t risk noncompliance with University policy or federal regulations! Only the IRB can make this determination.

Remember, no research activities involving human participants (including advertising or recruiting) can take place until the research application is reviewed and approved by the IRB.

The Application Process

  • eIRB is Wake Forest University’s web-based system for processing human research applications. Investigators can complete, submit, amend, renew, and track their applications from anywhere with a secure internet connection.
  • Review the IRB’s Policies and Procedures,  Investigator’s Guide,and Data Classification Definitions, and additional resources at  Getting Started in eIRB for guidance.
  • Apply to the Wake Forest University (Reynolda campus) IRB via eIRB.
    • Investigators whose research requires the review and approval of the WF School of Medicine IRB should select Wake Forest Baptist Health when logging in to eIRB.
  • Any substantive changes to the original application must be made via an application amendment. Changes to personnel are also made via amendment.
    • Create an application amendment to change the Principal Investigator and/or non-WFU collaborators.
    • Create a personnel amendment to add or remove Student Co-Principal Investigator, Study Coordinator, Co-Investigators, or Other Team Members.
  • Before the approval term expires, submit either a continuing review or annual update to keep the study open. Request study closure and submit the final report to close the application in eIRB.
  • Retain IRB records and accompanying documentation for as long as they are scientifically useful or three years after study closure, whichever is longer, before destroying them.

Please note that most applications (those that qualify for Flex, Exempt, or Expedited level review) can be submitted anytime and are reviewed in the order submitted.  Applications requiring review by the Full Board at a convened IRB meeting must be submitted at least one week before the meeting date to be considered for the agenda.

IRB meetings of the Full Board are routinely scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month.  If there are no agenda items requiring Full Board review, the meeting may be cancelled.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • July 23
Contact IRB

John V. Petrocelli, Chair 
Department of Psychology

Pam Moser, CIP
Associate Director for Human Research Protection and Human Protections Administrator

Jeanie Baird, CIP
Human Subjects Protection Specialist    

306 Reynolda Hall
Wake Forest University-Reynolda Campus
PO Box 7528
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7528