Office of Human Subjects Research

Office of Human Subjects Research

The Human Subjects Research Committee is the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for HHRI and the Hennepin Healthcare System (HHS).  Institutional Review Boards are charged by the federal government with protecting the rights and welfare of research subjects.  No human subjects research at this campus or by its faculty may proceed without the HSRC approval.

The Human Subjects Research Committee (HSRC) membership includes hospital and community representatives, scientists and non-scientists.  The HSRC reviews research proposals, considering the risk and benefits to subjects.  It ensures that research subjects provide voluntary and informed consent.  Once a research study is approved, the HSRC monitors its progress and any problems that research subjects may encounter.

Education & training for research involving human subjects

Required education for research involving human subjects CHECKLIST:

Required CITI training courses:

CITI online training access:

Required Hennepin Healthcare Human Subjects Protection online training:

For OEQCR in-person training, contact the HHRI Office for Education & Quality in Clinical Research (OEQCR):
Bonnie Crissman - (612) 873-5316
Deb Grillo - (612) 873-6997

Form & Policy Updates

02/12/2019: Non-English Speaking Short Form Consent

HHRI has added the short form as an option to the consent process.  The short form consent is an alternative to using a translated consent form.  The short form consent is a brief, standard document, translated into the subject's preferred language.  The short form contains a description of the required elements of informed consent.  The short form notes that these elements, as they pertain to the specific study and are contained in the full English-language informed consent form, will be presented orally to the subject or legally authorized representative.

For more details on the required process for using the short form, please see the following links:

For any questions, please contact the EQ office:

Bonnie Crissman: | 612-873-5316

Deb Grillo: | 612-873-6997

Mary Berchem: | 612-873-5467


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Mailing Address

701 Park Avenue
Shapiro 9.115
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Physical Location

914 South 8th Street
Shapiro 9.115
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone Number and Mail Code

Phone Number: 612-873-6881
Fax Number: 612-873-1646
Inter-Departmental Mail Code: S9.115

IRB Personnel

Craig Peine, MD


Karen Heim-Duthoy, PharmD

Vice Chair

Cindy Hanson

IRB Coordinator

Tracy Schmidt

Senior Research Secretary

Helpful Links

Below are links to the Food and Drug Administration's New Drug Application and Investigational Device Exemption Application, and the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) page on the information on the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of subjects involved in research.

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