Institutional Review Board
Guides for Ethical Research and Research Protocol
The JBU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with the oversight of both animal and human research performed by members of the JBU community. Specifically, the IRB seeks to ensure compliance with federal guidelines regarding the ethical treatment of human participants and animal subjects in research, and serves as an advocate for their safety and well-being.
The IRB consists of two groups: The Human Subjects Committee (HSC) and The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Dr. Curtis Cunningham
Human Subjects Committee
The mission of the JBU Human Subjects Committee (HSC) is to evaluate and monitor research with human participants carried out by JBU faculty, staff, administration and students. The HSC will attempt to insure compliance with federal regulations regarding the ethical treatment of human participants in research and will serve as an advocate for their safety and well-being. As an institution that respects Christian values, JBU has an obligation to follow the words uttered by Jesus in the gospel of Matthew:
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22: 36-39, NIV)
Loving God and one’s neighbor demands treating all people with dignity and compassion. The JBU HSC affirms this through careful oversight of the treatment of subjects as unique creations of God.