University of Pikeville’s Institutional Review Board (UPIKE-IRB)
The University of Pikeville believes that research involving human subjects demands that our first responsibility is to the health and well-being of the individual. To protect and respect patient's rights, the University of Pikeville has established an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Subject to FDA and HHS regulations, the IRB is an appropriately constituted group formally designated to review and monitor research involving human subjects. The purpose of the IRB is to assure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating as subjects in research.

The IRB's role is vital in the protection of human research subjects.

IRB review must take place before any human subject research activity starts as it is the role of the IRB to assess the study's potential benefits and risks. You must not start your study until you have your IRB approval or exemption letter.
Some items, such as classroom activities and institutional quality improvement do not meet the UPIKE IRBs definition of human subject research, and do not require IRB review. For a more indepth description of what does and does not require IRB approval, read: (IRB Review Needed If)

If you have any questions about whether IRB review is required, please contact us at:

University of Pikeville
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
Attn: Rita Thacker (Coal 717)
Phone: 606-218-5421

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