Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Office of Human Research

Welcome Jefferson Research Community!

The Office of Human Research (OHR) provides administrative support for the three TJU Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).  The OHR receives for review all research protocols involving humans, ensures that requirements for training for personnel in human subjects research and HIPAA are met and up-to-date, monitors and assesses adverse events and unanticipated problems that may affect research subjects or others, notifies investigators when continuing review of protocols is imminent, and provides education for research coordinators, faculty and other personnel involved in human subjects research. These IRBs serve both Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, which includes Methodist Hospital.

TJU Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

Our Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are committees established to review and approve research involving human subjects. The purpose of these boards is to ensure that all human subject research is conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines.

Working with Jefferson’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

We value the input we receive from members of the Jefferson research community. Your input can help us improve Jefferson’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), which in turn ensures that participants in research studies will continue to receive the highest level of protection.

If you have questions, concerns or suggestions regarding Jefferson's HRPP or the IRB review process, we want to hear from you.

Of course, your correspondence is always treated confidentially.

Working together, we can ensure the highest level of protection for our research participants!

Please contact us:

Walter Kraft, MD
Director, Office of Human Research
(215) 503-0203

Kyle Conner, MA, CIP
Associate Director,
Office of Human Research
(215) 503-8966

You may also contact the individual below, who oversees all of the research activities at Jefferson:

Theodore F. Taraschi, PhD
Senior Associate Provost for Research Conduct & Compliance
(215) 955-3900