The Hunter College Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Office
As of the Fall of 2011, CUNY began a reorganization of its oversight of human subject research activities. The IRBs throughout every CUNY campus, including Hunter College have been dissolved into 4 University-Integrated (UI) IRBs composed of faculty members from various departments, schools and centers of CUNY, as well as several community members. The UI IRBs will be responsible for the review of all CUNY human subject research that require review by a full-board committee. Hunter College is represented by faculty members, Dr. Paul Cascella, Dr. Michael Wood, Dr. Kenny Kwong, and Dr. Jason Young. Dr. Cascella is currrently on sabbatical and is only conducting expedited reviews. More information regarding these individuals may be found on the "HRPP Staff and Members" link on the left of the screen. Human Subject Research Determinations, and exempt reviews (from Hunter College faculty and students) will take place at the Hunter College HRPP Office.
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Research Participants is an independent compliance committee mandated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). (See Title 45 Part 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations). The role of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of persons recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of Hunter College. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications, or disapprove all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified by both the federal regulations and institutional policy. Research that has been reviewed and approved by the IRB may be subject to review and disapproval by officials of the institution. However, those officials may not approve research if it has been disapproved by the IRB. Research that has been reviewed and approved by the IRB is subject to continuing IRB review and must be re-evaluated at least annually, or more frequently if specified by the IRB.
For questions, clarification or forms you may contact the Hunter College Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Office at (212) 650-3053 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.