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Human research

VCU is committed to the integrity and quality of our research as an essential component of human research protections.

The OVPRI Human Research Protection Program provides guidance and resources for researchers and IRB members at Virginia Commonwealth University. We review all research involving human participants to facilitate the conduct of ethical research and ensure compliance with federal, state and institutional regulations. 

One VCU Clinical Research is a collaboration between the OVPRI Division of Clinical Research, the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and VCU Health. Our shared mission is to lead the development of research training, standards, quality and opportunities for the communities we serve.

Human Research Protection Program/Institutional Review Board
One VCU Clinical Research
Learn more about our clinical research program.

Participating in research during COVID-19?

Watch this video for instructions on how to keep yourself and others safe while participating in research during COVID-19: VCU research participants return to campus.

Contact us


Sandy L. Brooks, DPS
Executive director, human subjects protection
Phone: (804) 828-0131

One VCU Clinical Research

Lisa Richman Ballance, M.A., CPW, CCP
Executive director for clinical research and compliance
(804) 241-6223


Visit our Forms page for documents related to human research.

Research volunteers

Interested in volunteering as a research participant?

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