Research at University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has three Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) which are a part of the  Human Research Protections Program on campus. 

Health Sciences IRB

The HS IRB reviews research protocols involving medical interventions or procedures where medical expertise is required for evaluation.

Health Sciences Minimal Risk IRB

The MR IRB reviews primarily research protocols that present minimal risk to subjects and that involve medical interventions or procedures requiring medical expertise or that require knowledge of the health care setting.   

Education and Social/Behavioral Science IRB

The ED/SBS IRB specializes in education and social/behavioral science research. 

Education research focuses on expanding knowledge and information about the education process, practices that improve academic administration and academic achievement, the effectiveness of education programs as well as child development and social adjustment. Included is all K-12 classroom-based research, as well as some educational or learning-related research conducted in other contexts, such as libraries, religious schools, summer camps, after school programs, and any other learning-related context.

Social/behavioral research focuses on disciplines primarily dealing with the decision processes and individual functioning used in the survival of organisms in a social environment.  These include anthropology, psychology, cognitive science, organizational theory, organizational behavior, sociology, social networks and social neuroscience.