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Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

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.

COVID-19 updates: For information, updates and guidance related to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on human research, please monitor the VCU HRPP blog, as well as the OVPRI Phased Return to Research webpage.

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.

For guidance on VCU’s Phased Return to Research plan, read the HRPP’s letter to the research community. You may also access written guidance on investigator responsibilities to the IRB during the R2R plan. This written guidance offers a Supplemental flowchart for investigator responsibilities during the R2R. Finally, there is also guidance available in video format.

Contact us


Susan Robb, CRA
Senior associate vice president for research compliance
(804) 827-0479

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?
VCU Study Finder  |  Find Massey Cancer clinical trials 
Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry  |  Research Match
ClinicalTrials.gov  |  Becoming a research volunteer
About research participation  |  NIH Clinical Research Trials and You

Questions about being a research volunteer or want to discuss concerns?
Email Research Integrity and Ethics or call: (804) 827-2157.

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