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Human Subjects Division (HSD)


Clinical Trials

IRB Review:

Clinical trials conducted by UW researchers are usually reviewed by one of the following Institutional Review Boards (IRBs):


  • Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) reviews most industry-sponsored and industry-initiated trials conducted by UW faculty. Industry-initiated means that the sponsor writes and owns the protocol for the study.
  • The Cancer Consortium IRB (CC-IRB) reviews most oncology trials conducted by UW faculty who are members of the Cancer Consortium.
  • The UW IRBs review clinical trials which are federally-funded and/or investigator-initiated. "Investigator-initiated" includes any clinical trial whose protocol was developed or idea was initiated by a UW investigator regardless of funding. Investigator-initiated trials can be partially funded by an industry-sponsor.



The UW HSD office also facilitates all registrations (e.g., initial registration, results postings) with Clinical Trials.gov for UW researchers.


For more information, please see the links to these pages under "Related Topics."