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Human Subject Research Policies and Procedures

Mentor IRB

Mentor IRB is an IRB web-based application that facilitates the submission of proposed research protocols, and monitors the ongoing progress of existing protocols.

All faculty and student investigators conducting research with human subjects at Duquesne University are required to submit their IRB applications via Mentor. These research protocols will be reviewed by members of the Institutional Review Board for compliance with the Office of Human Research Protection regulations.

Please login to the Mentor webpage using your multipass credentials for more information and tutorials on filing your research protocols.

Required CITI Training Program

Key Personnel are defined as the Principal Investigator, other investigators and research personnel who are directly involved in conducting research with study participants or who are directly involved with handling private information (example: patient's medical records and charts) related to study participants during the course of a research project. Key Personnel also include faculty sponsors who provide direct oversight of research with study participants or research using study participant's private information. The CITI training has been streamlined for your convenience and also includes a module and quiz specific to research conducted at Duquesne University.

ALL key personnel engaged in human subject research must complete the online CITI training program prior to IRB approval of a new or continuing review application. 

Note: DO NOT use the "Log in through my institution" button. If you do not already have an account, click "Register" under "Create an Account". Otherwise, simply login with your username and password.

For additional instructions, visit the CITI program website.

Institutional Review Board

All research conducted at or sponsored by Duquesne University that involves human subjects must be approved by the IRB before research begins and, when necessary, reviewed periodically during the course of the project.

Information is available from:
Dr. David Delmonico 
Institutional Review Board Chair
(412)-396-4032 / irb@duq.edu 

Julie Christy
IRB Coordinator
412.396.1886 christy@duq.edu

Natalie Drozda
Assistant to the IRB Chair


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) emphasize the privacy, security, and confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) including patient records, whether in oral, written, or electronic format. Should PHI be the source of research data from a covered entity, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) must ensure HIPAA compliance such that the subject's PHI remains confidential. In addition, the covered entities want assurances that the PHI will be used in accordance with HIPAA standards. Covered entities are defined as health care providers, such as hospitals, doctors' offices, health departments, and many others who transmit patient health information electronically. In addition to health care providers, covered entities can include insurance companies, human resource offices, health care billing companies, and others.

Please log in to Mentor, and if applicable, complete the HIPAA forms and follow instructions located on the Info Page tab under Submitting a Protocol.