Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Welcome! Aspirus Wausau Hospital's Institutional Research Review Board (AWH-IRB) serves as an ethical review board to protect the rights and welfare of individuals who participate as subjects of research conducted at Aspirus Health.

The AWH-IRB is a partner in the Protection of Human Research Participants.

The IRB is composed of a diverse group consisting of members with varied experience, expertise, and backgrounds, including:

  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Other health professionals
  • Administrators
  • Community members (not affiliated with Aspirus Wausau Hospital)

IRB members serve on a voluntary basis, for a two-year term, meeting once a month to review research for physicians & medical staff who are engaged in research.

The mission of the Institutional Review Board is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects. The IRB ensures that risks to subjects are minimized and reasonable in relation to the anticipated benefit, that selection of subjects is equitable, and that each subject is informed of the research and gives his/her consent prior to participation.

Meeting Dates

The IRB meets the third Tuesday of every month. Please direct any questions or requests to

Contact Us

Human Research Participants Protection & IRB Office
Aspirus Wausau Hospital
333 Pine Ridge Blvd. Wausau, WI 54401

IRB Chair: Kevin O'Connell, MD

Vice Chair: Benjamin Herdrich, MD

IRB Coordinator/HRP Administrator: Deb Block, BS


Aspirus Wausau Hospital utilizes the internet to submit applications to the IRB through the use of a program, "IRBManager." This program is accessible from any computer.

Access IRBManager

If you are a new user please contact the IRB Office at to receive instructions, a USER ID and Password to access IRBManager.