Thomas Jefferson University

Office of Human Research

Welcome Jefferson Research Community


Please refer to the Contact Us section of the left navigation to identify the IRB personnel at your location.

The Office of Human Research (OHR) is the hub of the human research protection program for the Jefferson enterprise. OHR provides administrative support to the three Jefferson Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in Center City and the Abington IRB. Together, these IRBs review and approve all human research conducted in the Jefferson enterprise. OHR creates and updates IRB forms, policy and guidance, ensures that training requirements for research personnel are fulfilled, monitors and assesses adverse events and unanticipated problems that may affect research subjects or others, notifies investigators when continuing review of protocols is imminent, and provides education for research coordinators, faculty and other personnel involved in human subjects research. 

In partnership with the Jefferson research community, we strive to ensure the highest level of protections for human research participants.

OHR Organization

OHR Personnel

The OHR Personnel handle all IRB submissions and support the IRBs. Please see the resources on this OHR website for information about the OHR and IRB processes.

Use the Contact Us link to determine the correct contact person for OHR related questions.

Quality Improvement Group

This group works to improve the quality of research at Jefferson. Please CLICK HERE for more information about the Quality Improvement Group.

Use the Contact Us link for Quality Improvement Group personnel.


Jefferson Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

Our Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are committees established to review and approve research involving human subjects. The purpose of these boards is to ensure that all human subject research is conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines.

Working with Jefferson’s Human Research Protection Program (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:

Walter Kraft, MD
Director, Office of Human Research
(215) 503-0203

Kyle Conner, MA, CIP
Associate Director,
Office of Human Research
(215) 503-8966

You may also contact Dr. Taraschi, who oversees all of the research activities at Jefferson:

Theodore F. Taraschi, PhD
Senior Associate Provost for Research Conduct & Compliance
(215) 955-3900