Institutional Review Board



The Mission of the FAMU Institutional Review Board is to protect the welfare of human subject participants by compliance with the federal regulations governing the protection of human subjects, and facilitating the research efforts of FAMU faculty, students and staff. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) oversees the operation of the IRB, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforces regulations for the use of experimental drugs and devices. The IRB is a committee composed of scientists and laypersons who review all proposed FAMU human subjects research to ensure that the safety and welfare of subjects are protected. All human subject research requires review and approval by an IRB prior to subject recruitment and data collection, and prior to the use of extant data or private information. The FAMU IRB members have the responsibility for reviewing all research involving human subjects conducted by FAMU faculty, students, or staff, regardless of the source of funding.

Research Using Human Subjects
The Florida A&M University is committed to the ethical principles for the protection of human subjects in research as set forth in the Belmont Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1979)

The ethical principles are:

  • Respect for persons - which includes the requirement of a voluntary informed consent process
  • Beneficence – which entails an obligation to protect persons from harm by minimizing risks and maximizing benefits
  • Justice – which requires that selection of subjects be fair and equitable and that particular care be taken when working with populations (i.e. children, decisionally impaired) whose status puts them in a vulnerable position.
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IRB Committee

Angela Thornton, Ph.D. - Chair

Associate Professor

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

C. Perry Brown, Ph.D.

Institute of Public Health

Florida A&M University

Hassiem Kambui, Ph.D.

Educational Leadership and Human Service

Florida A&M University

Costellia H. Talley, Ph.D., ACNS-BC, RN-BC

School of Nursing

Florida A&M University

Katisa Donaldson, MS

Department of Social Work

Florida A&M University

Huijun Li, Ph.D.

College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Florida A&M University

Jullet Davis Weaver, Ph.D., MHA

School of Allied Health Sciences

Florida A&M University

Mrs. Frances James

Community Member

Mr. Patrick Kennedy

Community Member

Tanise L. Jackson, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA

Director, Animal Welfare and Research Integrity

Division of Research


Charles Weatherford, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research

Florida A&M University



IRB Guidelines

Guide to IRBNet 2016