The Institutional Review Board (IRB), part of the Human Research Protection Program, reviews all research involving humans to ensure that participants are informed of all known risks posed by a research study and that these studies are conducted in accordance with the ethical standards put forward by the Belmont Report, and federal, state, and local regulations, and policies governing human research.  Wake Forest University Health Sciences operates with four biomedical Institutional Review Boards that are supported by the IRB Office.