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Human Subjects Protection

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The Division of Human Subjects Protection (IRB) is the administrative office for the Jefferson IRBs. These IRBs serve both Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, which includes Methodist Hospital.

Institutions must enter into an agreement with the federal government in order to conduct human research with federal funding. This agreement is called a Federalwide Assurance, or FWA. In entering into this agreement, the University and Hospital affirm that all human research, not just federally funded research, conducted in these institutions will adhere to certain ethical standards and federal regulations concerning human subjects research.

As the University and the Hospital are separate entities, each has its own FWA. Thomas Jefferson University’s FWA number is 00002109 with expiration date of 2/2/17. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s FWA is 00002142 with expiration date of 4/12/17.

Working with the HRPP

We value the input we receive from members of the Jefferson research community. Your input can help us improve Jefferson’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), which in turn ensures that participants in research studies will continue to receive the highest level of protection.

If you have questions, concerns or suggestions regarding Jefferson's HRPP or the IRB review process, we want to hear from you.

Of course, your correspondence is always treated confidentially.

Working together, we can ensure the highest level of protection for our research participants!

Please contact us:
J. Bruce Smith, MD, CIP

Director, Office of Human Research & Division of Human Subjects Protection
(215) 503-0203

Walter Kraft, MD
Associate Director, Office of Human Research
(215) 955-9077

Kyle Conner, MA, CIP
Associate Director, Division of Human Subjects Protection
(215) 503-8966

You may also contact the Vice President for Research, who oversees all of the research activities at Jefferson:

Steven B. McMahon, PhD
Associate Provost for Research Support Services
(215) 503-9064