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Guidelines for the protection of
human subjects in research studies


Sherman College of Chiropractic has established an Institutional Review Board to fulfill the college’s commitment to protecting all subjects of research, regardless of the source of funding and/or the methodology used.

Federal regulations for these ethical research concerns originate from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Sherman College IRB Manual, focus is derived from the Belmont Report from the National Commission for the Protection of Human Rights, and the Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 – Public Welfare, Part 46 – Protection of Human Subjects (please visit the OHRP website for further information). Whether an Exempt, Expedited or Standard research submission, the mission of Sherman College’s IRB is to maintain protection of human subjects and sound research practices integrated into all research projects.


The function of the IRB is to assist the investigator in the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects. Investigators should not bear the sole responsibility for determining the standards for ethical conduct of research involving human subjects. It is necessary for others, who are independent of this research, to share this responsibility. The Sherman College of Chiropractic Institutional Review Board (IRB) is this institution's responsible agency for such review.

Due to time constraints, the Sherman College IRB is not able to consider
external proposals (those not affiliated with the institution).
Currently, only research projects sponsored or co-sponsored
by Sherman College personnel will be considered by the board.

Current Members of the IRB

  • Jaime Browning, B.S., D.C.
    IRB Chair (for consultation)
    Director of Reach Out and Recruit
    800-849-8771, ext 220
  • Crissy Lewis, B.A., M.L.I.S.
    Director of Learning Resources
  • Jennifer York, B.A., M.S., D.C.
    Instructor of Clinical Sciences
  • Guangming Wu, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Basic Sciences
  • Richard Keen, B.A., Ph.D.

Research Consultant

  • Pengju "George" Luo, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
    Director of Research
    Associate Professor of Basic Sciences

IRB Documents

IRB Standard Review Committee 2013 meeting schedule (tentative):

    • Week ending April 26
      (Deadline for submissions: Friday, April 12)
    • Week ending August 2
      (Deadline for submissions: Friday, July 19)
    • Week ending October 25
      (Deadline for submissions: Friday, October 11)