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Human Subjects in Research

"Using human subjects" covers a wide range of project types –- from gathering simple and informal opinion polls to performing highly controlled sleep studies -- Investigators should plan & train prior to using human subjects in research.

The Human Subjects Committee (HSC) is also designated as the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Federal Wide Assurance IRB Number
FWA 00014037 

Expires April, 27, 2028

Assigned to ISU by the Division of Policy and Assurances/Office for Human Research Protections/ U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

What is Required for Humans Subjects Project Approval?

Sponsors like NIH, DHHS and PHS apply strict rules on both Investigators and ISU.  Federal law requires ISU and Investigators to do two things to ensure the legitimate, ethical handling of the people who are our human subjects -

  1. Have Protocols reviewed and approved by the HSC
  2. Complete Training specific to Human Subjects

  • Complete protocols detailing your project plan
  • Submit your protocol for review to the Human Subjects Committee (HSC)
  • Wait to start until HSC approves your protocol

       These steps apply:

  • whether you intend to publish results,
  • regardless of your funding,
  • whether the research is part of a course or degree requirement,
  • regardless of project location.

  • Complete Human Subjects CITI Training
  • Who? Each Investigator, all co-investigators & students on their research team
  • When? Prior to submitting a protocol for HSC review

How do I Submit an IRB Protocol?



Cayuse IRB is the online system used for submitting Human Subjects studies.

    • Access to Cayuse is NOT AUTOMATIC. Send the following information to humsubj@isu.edu with the Subject Line "Cayuse IRB Access Request"
      • Full Name
      • MyISU Username (Please DO NOT send your User ID #)
      • Phone # (Cell # is ok)
      • Academic Major/Department
      • Campus Location (i.e. Pocatello, Meridian, etc.)

You will receive a reply on your email once the account request is submitted - Allow 24 hours for the Cayuse system to update before trying to log in.

IRB Resources

Human Subjects Manual -

explains everything you need to know about working with Human Subjects at ISU, in detail.

  • Protocol preparation
  • Definitions
  • Exempt Research

Human Subjects Committee Spring 2024 Meeting & Protocol Submission Schedule

Note: Protocols are due by the close of the business day of the deadline to be considered for the next meeting.

Submission Deadline Meeting Date
Jan. 12 Jan. 19
Jan. 26 Feb. 2
Feb. 9 Feb. 16
Feb. 23 Mar. 1
Mar. 8 Mar. 15
Mar. 22 Mar. 29
Apr. 5 Apr. 12
Apr. 19 Apr. 26
May 3 May 10

IRB Fee Schedule for Private Industry-Funded Projects

HSC - IRB Fees for private industry-funded projects proposals review: $1500 for initial review; $500 for renewal


Human Subjects Committee/IRB Contacts:

Tom Bailey, Committee Coordinator
Business and Technology Center, Bldg. 86

Off campus at 1651 Alvin Ricken Dr., Suite 107   STOP 8286
V: 208-282-2179
Email: humsubj@isu.edu

Dr. Ralph Baergen, Committee Chair
Liberal Arts Room 247, STOP 8056
V: 208-282-3371
Email: baerralp@isu.edu

IRB Committee Members

Member Department Committee Position
Ralph Baergen, PhD Philosophy Chair
Cathy Arvidson, PhD Nursing/HCE Regular Member
Cynthia Blanton, PhD Nutrition & Dietetics Regular Member
Kristen Hulet PWCC Corrections Representative
Jeff Doerr   Community Member
Steve Lawyer, PhD Psychology Regular Member
Chris Owens, PharmD Pharmacy Regular Member
Janette Olsen, PhD Health Education Alternate Member
Kate Reedy, PhD Anthropology Regular Member
Robert Rieske, PhD Psychology Alternate Member
Cindy Seiger, PhD Physical & Occupational Therapy Regular Member

Bill Woodhouse, MD

Family Medicine Regular Member

Chad Yates, PhD

Counseling Regular Member

Sarah Ebel, PhD

Anthropology Alternate Member

John Holmes, PharmD

Pharmacy Alternate Member