The protection of human research subjects at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada is a shared responsibility, with the institution, Clinical Trials Office, researchers, the IRB committee, and the IRB office working together toward this common goal.


The mission of the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects in research.
The IRB examines the plans set forth by the investigator by considering five generally accepted ethical norms:

  • Good Research Design
  • Competent Investigators
  • Favorable Balance of Risk and Benefit
  • Informed Consent of the Subject
  • Suitable Selection of Subjects

The actions of the UMC IRB conform to all other applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding the rights, welfare and the safety of human subjects.


To accomplish our mission, we strive to:

  • Assure all activities related to human-subject research will be guided by the following ethical principles: respect for persons, beneficence and justice.
  • Guarantee that the risks to subjects are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits.
  • Continue appropriate ethical conduct and regulatory compliance.
  • Ensure that protocols receive timely continuing IRB review and approval.
  • Build relationships with our community and researchers.
  • Provide accurate and timely information.

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Is IRB Review Required?

The University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) frequently receives queries regarding whether Quality Improvement (QI) projects require IRB review. Below are guidance documents from OHRP to assist in determining whether or not a project is QI or human subjects. The UMC IRBs Policies and Procedures follow the guidelines established by OHRP.

If further clarification is required or there are questions please contact the IRB:
Telephone: Telephone: 702-383-7336

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