The Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS) serves as the Institutional Review Board for the Cambridge and Allston campuses at Harvard. CUHS is located in the Research Administration Services (RAS) department of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).

News & Announcements

Got Funding for Summer Research?

March 30, 2016

Please know that a formal determination from CUHS is required before the research can begin, even with studies that are determined to be “exempt”. More information on how to submit a study may be found here.

Human subjects training seminar for undergraduates

March 8, 2016

So that you may properly prepare to conduct human subjects research, the IRB will offer three Spring 2016 training sessions for undergraduates. This training is designed to help you develop a proposal that minimizes risk and to guide you on completing templates for the protocol and informed consent documents. Training in the ethics of human subjects research is included. Click for dates and locations.

Proposed Changes to

February 24, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have released two proposals to increase the transparency of clinical trials via information submitted to, a publicly accessible database operated by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the NIH. Click here for more information. 

Drop-In ESTR Training

January 28, 2016

IRB experts are available during these open information sessions to answer any questions about both the ESTR system and IRB review requirements. Please consider bringing a laptop to the session for more efficient assistance.

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