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Office of Research Administration

Human Subjects Research

MSU adheres to a rigorous policy for the protection of human research subjects in accordance with the United States Department of Health and Human Services regulations, 45 CFR 46. All research projects involving human subjects that are conducted under the auspices of the University, regardless of the funding source, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The ORA is the administrative unit responsible for coordinating the functions of the IRB. Proposals involving human subjects should be submitted to the ORA for assignment to the appropriate IRB, including the proposed research protocols and informed consent forms.

PIs should allow at least 30 days for completion of IRB review. Following IRB review, the PI will be advised of the outcome in writing, whether approval, disapproval, or deferred approval with suggestions for modifying the proposed protocol. Under no circumstances will a research project involving human subjects be allowed to proceed without prior IRB review and approval.

Questions regarding IRB Process may be directed to the IRB Administrator: Dr. Edet Isuk at or 443-885-4340.

IRB Policies and Procedures
  • IRB Process Synopsis
  • Exempt Research
  • Protection of Human Subjects in Research Policy
  • Protection of Human Subjects in Research Procedures
  • CITI Training Program - The CITI Human Subjects Research (HSR) course is the required training for all researchers involved in human subjects research. Researchers may select the HSR course most appropriate for their research area or "Learner Group" (e.g., Biomedical, Social Behavioral Education (SBE), etc.). All researchers are also strongly encouraged to complete the following CITI Courses: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) to promote research ethics and avoid research misconduct (fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism), AND Conflict of Interest (COI) to promote timely disclosure of financial and other conflicts of interest.
  • FAQ's
IRB Meeting Schedule
Application Submission Deadlines IRB Meeting Dates
August 7, 2024 August 28, 2024
September 11, 2024 September 25, 2024
October 16, 2024 October 31, 2024
November 13, 2024 November 27, 2024
December 4, 2024 December 11, 2024
January 15, 2025 January 22, 2025
February 5, 2025 February 19, 2025
March 5, 2025 March 19, 2025
April 10, 2025 April 24, 2025
May 8, 2025 May 14, 2025
June 4, 2025 June 18, 2025
IRB - Human Participants Committee Membership

Committee Composition

Federal regulations 45 CFR 46 require that the IRB shall have at least five members, and membership include at a minimum, one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas, one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas, numerous members representing more than a single profession, and at least one individual not affiliated with the institution.

Morgan's IRB membership is drawn from faculty in several disciplines, from the social, behavioral and biological sciences to the liberal arts and business. The current IRB membership includes the following voting members:

IRB Members

  • Benjamin Welsh, Ph.D., Chairperson, Associate Professor, Education
  • Mian Hossain, Ph.D., Professor, Community Health and Policy
  • Asha Layne, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Justin Bonny, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Simone Gibson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Education
  • Karen Watkins-Lewis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Mona Addison, MA, Non-affiliated Community Member


  • Willie May, Ph.D., Institutional Official
  • Edet Isuk, Ph.D., IRB Administrator
  • Olatunde Aladesote, Research Compliance Assistant
  • Keyshawn Moncrieffe, Ph.D. MBA, Special Assistant

Note:  A quorum will be a majority (greater than 50%) of the voting members of the IRB. For reasons other than conflict of interest, abstentions do not alter the quorum, or change the number of votes required.