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April 16, 2010

UI granted re-accreditation for human subject protection and review programs

The University of Iowa was recently granted re-accreditation by the Association for the accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

AAHRPP accreditation affirms the university's high ethical and professional standards in providing comprehensive protections for research participants. These standards exceed federal requirements for safeguarding participants and extend to all research studies overseen by the UI Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and Human Subjects Office (HSO). The re-accreditation period is five years.

UI faculty and students in all colleges and many interdisciplinary centers regularly engage in research activities involving hospitalized and ambulatory patients, students, volunteers and citizens with the outcomes affecting treatment, health care delivery, public policy and ultimately even communities.

Vice President for Research and Economic Development Jordan Cohen noted that the UI was among the first universities to achieve AAHRPP Accreditation, and the recent action marks the third such accreditation and continues a tradition of leadership in research integrity and human subject protection.

"It is a great tribute to our dedicated staff, IRB committee members and investigators and this recent action reinforces our commitment to the highest quality processes and standards for conducting human investigation and protecting subjects," he said.

Associate Vice President for Research Jim Walker added, "We want to specifically acknowledge the tremendous efforts of Michele Countryman, Anne Alberhasky, the HSO/IRB Staff, Grainne Martin, all the IRB chairs -- especially Andy Bertolatus and Janet Williams -- and thanks to all IRB members and investigators campus-wide for their continued support and respect for conducting high quality research."

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jordan Cohen, vice president for research and economic development, 319-335-8794,; Gary Galluzzo, writer, 319-384-0009,