Any person interested in conducting research at Marshfield Clinic involving human subjects or human subjects data must receive approval from the Marshfield Clinic Institutional Review Board (IRB), in accordance with the policy/procedure, “Human Subjects in Research.” ORIP provides investigators with decision charts designed to aid investigators in deciding whether their studies meet the definition of human subjects research, or whether they meet one of the exemptions from IRB review.

If a study qualifies as human subjects research, investigators and research staff complete computer-based training, and are to familiarize themselves with IRB policies and forms. The Tips and Tools Newsletters also offers bi-monthly discussions of topics of interest, and other educational material is available to assist investigators and research staff to understand and meet requirements. Questions regarding IRB may be directed to ORIP at (715) 389-3022.