Institutional Review 

LSU is committed to providing a safe and secure research environment for researchers as well as research subjects.  The university has several Institutional Review committees that oversee research activity that involves human and animal subjects, biological hazards and recombinant DNA.  Our guidelines follow federal law and university policy.

Institutional review boards (IRBs) oversee research involving humans by health care, academic, governmental and other agencies and organizations. They exist to protect the safety, health and privacy of human research subjects, including those involved in clinical trials and drug research. Federal law offers definitions and guidance on what constitutes research involving human subjects. These definitions determine whether an agency or organization must have an institutional review board and the board’s ability to approve, reject or modify the agency’s or organization’s activities.