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The IRB office offers a variety of initial and advanced educational opportunities to support the the Northwestern University Human Research Protection Program. We encourage you to take part in these activities and if you have any education feedback and/or suggestions please email

Join an IRB Brown Bag Session

The Northwestern IRB Office hosts monthly brown bag sessions on timely and relevant research topics. 

  • For upcoming IRB Brown Bag sessions please see our Events page.
  • For copies of past presentations please see our dedicated IRB Brown Bag webpage.

Request a Training

If you or your research team have extensive questions on an IRB-related topic, you can request a training sessions.  Please contact to schedule an in-person or virtual training session.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Northwestern University’s Human Subjects Protection Program
  • History and ethical principles, including the Belmont Report
  • An overview of the federal regulations
  • Roles and responsibilities of the principal investigator, IRB, and institution
  • The Informed Consent Process
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Research with vulnerable populations
  • Ethical principles for conducting research
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Vulnerable populations and how to protect them
  • Records-based research
  • Reliance and Single IRB
  • Tips for Maintaining Compliant Research