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The Institutional Review Board (IRB) provides compliance information and oversight of human subjects research to students, faculty, and staff as regulated by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).

The IRB carries out a number of functions including:

  • Oversight for the protection of human subjects in research
  • Maintaining institutional compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Providing training on the ethical conduct of research, biosafety, and HIPAA laws
  • Providing an IRB Compliance Administrator who assists with applications, forms, and other information, as needed by investigators for submitting research proposals to the IRB for the review and approval pocess
  • Maintaining records of IRB reviews and approvals, tracking of progress reports, renewal requests, and modifications of approved studies

IRB Application Login for SSO (single sign on) RVU Users:

  • Website
  • Students:
    • Login with your RVU email and 365 password
  • Faculty/Staff:
    • Login with your RVU email and RVU computer network password


Students Research Drones for Search and Rescue Missions

While summiting Broad Peak in the Karakoram mountain range of northeastern Pakistan, a mountaineer was separated from his climbing partner. The search party tasked with retrieving him faced the challenge of traversing a vast and difficult terrain at perilously high altitudes. However, unlike most search and rescue missions, the search party deployed a commercial drone to assist in their efforts.

When Elizabeth Kuge, OMS II, was an undergraduate student at the University of California – Santa Barbara, a gunman took the lives of six students and injured fourteen others in what became known as the Isla Vista killings. Four years later, another mass shooting occurred at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the city of Thousand Oaks, which was near SD Kuge’s hometown. “I [knew] one of the victims from...

Over the course of eight days, students and faculty from Rocky Vista University (RVU) and personnel with South Metro Fire and Rescue (SMFR) collaborated on a series of hyper-realistic training sessions designed to assess changes in the physiological response of paramedics in mass-casualty scenarios. The goal of the sessions was to inoculate first responders to the ill effects of stress by inducing a strong...

Over fifty years ago, the Department of Defense (DOD) began to explore the concept of robot-assisted trauma surgery as a means of decreasing battlefield casualties. The initial idea was telesurgery, in which a signal would be bounced from a hospital or medical facility via satellite and transmitted to a mobile operating room unit in remote battlefields. After setbacks in signal transmission to these remote areas...

A collaboration between students, faculty, and the South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) in Colorado has resulted in research published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. The authors included Joshua Calvano, OMS III, Ryan Henschell, OMS III, Rebecca Ryznar, PhD, William Suddarth, OMS II, Alex Knippenberg, OMS II, Anthony LaPorta, MD, FACS, Ryan Shelton, MPS, NREMT-P and Andrew Glen, PhD.