Human Research Protection Program





Monika Lau

Dear Members of the Research Community,

Let me introduce myself as the new Education and Training Specialist for the HRPP Office. My name is Monika Lau and I have been a member of the Human Investigation Committee staff for the past 7 years. Through interactions with many of you, I had a chance to gain a great understanding of the educational needs of the research community. In the next few months, I will focus on adding more diverse online training modules to our current portfolio. Please, contact me at or 203-737-4434 if you have suggestions for improvement, ideas for specific training sessions, or if you would simply like to share your comments about how the Education Unit of the HRPP Office is doing. Any feedback is welcome!


Monika Lau


February 18, 2015

Not all research involving human subjects or their information is subject to annual IRB review and oversight. OHRP has designated specific categories of research that are exempt from annual review. Similarly, some research involving human tissue or data is considered to be not human subjects research. A slight difference in a study design may change the category of research that can be exempt to research that requires IRB review and approval.

Our March First and Second Fridays session, Is It Exempt? Is It Not Human Subjects?, reviews exemptions, not human subjects research determinations, and medical record reviews.

The session will be offered on March 6 from 9:00-10:00AM and repeated on March 13 from 1:00-2:00PM, 47 College Street, Room 212A.

Registration is available through The course is listed under Human Subjects Research, Yale Human Subjects.



A sound understanding and working knowledge of the relevant ethical principles, legal and regulatory requirements, professional standards, and University policies, procedures and guidance, is needed by persons involved in the design, conduct, review and/or oversight of human research conducted or supported by Yale University. Such individuals also are obligated to stay current with evolving issues related to the conduct of human research and the protection individuals who choose to participate in such research.

One of the primary responsibilities of the HRPP is to ensure that research personnel, IRB members and staff and other persons charged with the protection of research participants receive and maintain the training and education necessary to fulfill their obligations in the research enterprise.

Accordingly, this section incorporates the various educational endeavors associated with the HRPP and its respective communities.





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