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.

IRB Guidelines   |   



IRB Committee




Angela Thornton, Pharm.D., ACUE - Committee Chairperson
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Florida A&M University


Perry Brown, Dr. PH
Professor of Public Health, Director, Global Health Initiative
Florida A&M University


Hassiem Kambui, Ph.D., CCMHC, LMHC, NCC, ACS
Associate Professor of Counseling
Florida A&M University
College of Education
501 Orr Drive, Gore Educational Complex, C-112
Tallahassee, Florida 32301


Debora Oliveira Ph.D., OTR/L
Professor/Program Director
Division of Occupational Therapy
Florida A&M University


Mr. Patrick Kennedy
Community Member

Gloria Spradley-Brown, M.Ed.
Office of Sponsored Programs
Division of Research
Florida A&M University
1700 Lee Hall Drive
400 Foote-Hilyer Administration Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32307-3200


Tanise L. Jackson, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA
Director, Animal Welfare and Research Integrity
Research Integrity Officer
OpEx AHC Yellow Belt Certification
Florida A&M University
Room L107 New Pharmacy Building Phase II
1415 South Martin Luther King




Charles Weatherford, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Florida A&M University






IRB Meeting Schedule

Note: All Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. of the deadline date.

Application Deadline Meeting Date

 January 4, 2024

January 18, 2024

February 1, 2024

February 15, 2024

March 7, 2024

March 21, 2024

April 4, 2024

April 18, 2024

May 2, 2024

May 16, 2024

June 6, 2024

June 20, 2024

July 4, 2024

July 18, 2024

August 1, 2024

August 15, 2024

September 5, 2024

September 19, 2024

October 3, 2024

October 17, 2024

November 7, 2024

November 21, 2024

December 5, 2024

December 19, 2024

January 2, 2025

January 16, 2025