Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHSR)
Introduction and Background
The Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHSR) is charged with the review of research involving human subjects in order to protect those subjects. CUHSR assumes the duties of the IRB (Institutional Review Board) and ensures compliance with Federal Regulations regarding human subjects in research. CUHSR also will review some protocols involving human subjects that may not fall strictly within the scope of the federal definition of research. Some Quality Assurance/Improvement activities would fall into this category. Bradley University has Federal Wide Assurance which is an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services to follow the federal regulations (45 CFR 46.103) for research that is conducted by or supported by a federal agency. These federal regulations serve as the bases for all processes and procedures conducted by the committee.
On May 11, 2023, Illinois has aligned with federal government’s decision to end the COVID 19 national public health emergency. For research protocols requiring in-person interaction should be sensitive to any level of community outbreak and be prepared to deploy social distancing and face coverings in accordance with the local public health guidelines. Protocols within health care facilities should align their infection control procedures with that facility. Additionally, best practices should still be considered such as ensuring that hand sanitizer and handwashing facilities are readily available and encouraged and establishing rigorous disinfecting protocols for study equipment or manipulatives.
Investigators with new research protocols that involve in-person contact with populations vulnerable to infection should still include in their application how they are applying the restrictions and all the steps they are taking to mitigate COVID-19 or any pathogen exposure.