Human Subjects (IRB)

Human Subjects Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance for All In-Person Research Protocols (Updated 11/16/2022)

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NC State University IRB Mission

The mission of the NC State University IRB office is to advocate for and protect human subjects participating in research by working with investigators to facilitate ethical and compliant research. The IRB values beneficence, justice, and respect for persons. We operationalize these values by practicing transparency, collaboration, education and communication with researchers and participants.

What We Do and How We Do It

We review all proposed research through the lenses of ethics and compliance before it is implemented by NC State University researchers. Our office maintains common sense administrative policies to promote the efficient and effective review of all proposed research involving humans. We educate and train others in practical ethics, legal compliance, and social justice as it relates to research with humans by aiming to minimize risks and maximize benefits. We intervene, when necessary, in research to serve as a participant advocate and an accountability board.


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Please email if the research participant concern/complaint form on the For Participants portal of the website is not accessible to you. The NC State IRB values and wants to hear from you.

Targeted Guidance

Carter Church
IRB Coordinator for Administration

Fatima Hedadji
Pre-Protocol IRB Coordinator

Kara Thio-Smith
Post-Approval IRB Coordinator

Yael Allen
IRB Coordinator for Outreach and Education

Complex Issues

Dr. Jennie Ofstein
IRB Director

IRB Chair

Dr. Thomas A Birkland
Campus Box 8115
Raleigh, NC 27695

Institutional Official

Mary Millsaps
Campus Box 7514
Raleigh, NC 27695

IRB Addresses

Mailing Address
Campus Box 7514
Raleigh, NC 27695

Physical Address

Administrative Services III
2601 Wolf Village Way, Suite 240
Raleigh, NC 27607

NC State IRB Registration Numbers

FWA: 00003429, IRB Board Registration: 00000330, and I-ORG: 0000200