Institutional Review Board

The role of the LSU IRB is to facilitate research, protect research participants, and comply with all research regulations.  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.

Please be aware: As of April 18, 2014, the IRB no longer accepts paper copies of IRB applications, continuations, or modifications.  All new applications should be submitted by email to the IRB office ( or the Screening Committee member in your academic area.  Continuation forms and modification requests should be submitted by email directly to the IRB office.

The applications on the IRB website may be completed and saved electronically.  If you still wish to complete the application by hand, you will need to submit a scanned copy.  The application and accompanying documents (consent, instruments, etc.) should be attached to an email to the IRB office or the Screening Committee member. 

Along with eliminating the use of a large amount of paper, it is our hope that this new process will help the IRB function more efficiently.  Please feel free to contact the IRB office if you have any questions about this new process.

Contact Info:

Dennis Landin, PhD, Chair
Elizabeth Cadarette, IRB Coordinator
130 David Boyd Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone: 225-578-8692
Fax: 225-578-5983

For Researchers

Use the links below to find additional information regarding the Institutional Review Board.

Application Forms

Consent Forms & Guides



For IRB Members

Membership List

Meeting Dates

Policies & Procedures

For Research Participants

One of the purposes of the Institutional Review Board is to ensure participants’ rights and safety. If you wish to make a complaint or report an issue concerning a study you have participated in or have been asked to participate in, send an email to or call 225-578-8692 to reach the IRB Coordinator.