IRB Contacts

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) works closely with investigators and the North Texas Regional Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure subject’s welfare and research compliance with federal regulations. You may contact us for assistance or guidance regarding human subject research and IRB review. Please schedule an appointment to ensure staff availability. For general questions and guidance, please call 817-735-0409. Please send fax correspondence to 817-735-0124.

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are currently living in extraordinary and unprecedented times but would like our research community to rest assured that we continue to be here for you and ready to address any research compliance related question. Given the current situation though, we ask that researchers please contact IRB staff by email first (see below for directory). Any web or phone-based meeting(s), or general phone calls can then be set up. You may also email us at


Tania C. Ghani, MS, CIP – Executive Director, Office of Research Compliance

Ph: (817) 735-2038 – Email:

Oversees the research compliance operations and committees within UNTHSC which includes the North Texas Regional Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Research Conflict of Interest Committee and is the Institution’s Research Integrity Officer. Additionally, conducts IRB reviews for biomedical and social-behavioral human subject research projects.

Itzel Peña Pérez, MS, CIP – Director, North Texas Regional IRB

Ph: (817) 735-0673 – Email:

Oversees the daily operation of the North Texas Regional IRB who provides review services to various institutions across North Texas. Additionally, reviews social-behavioral and biomedical research projects; conducts Spanish translations and verifications for research projects involving human subjects; and is the institution’s Administrator.

Amanda Oglesby, MS, CIP IRB Compliance Manager

Ph: (817) 735-5457 – Email:

Manages biomedical and social-behavioral research projects.

Stacy Abraham, MPH – IRB Compliance Manager

Ph: (817) 735-5483 – Email:

Manages biomedical and social-behavioral research projects.

Alyson Stearns, CIP – IRB Compliance Manager

Ph: (817) 735-2081 – Email:

Manages biomedical and social-behavioral research projects.


Office Hours 

Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm

NEW INFORMATION: The Office of Research Compliance (ORC), which includes the North Texas Regional IRB, has relocated from the Center for BioHealth to the 6th floor of 550 Bailey Avenue. Our mailing address continues to be 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd Fort Worth, TX 76107. Please address mail with attention to the Office of Research Compliance / North Texas Regional IRB. You may contact us at 817-735-0409, or email us at Please send fax correspondence to 817-735-0124.

We (the North Texas Regional IRB) are always willing to provide assistance to investigators regarding current or prospective research protocols. Please schedule an appointment to ensure staff availability.

COVID-19 UPDATE: In light of COVID-19, we ask researchers to contact the appropriate North Texas Regional IRB staff member by email first (see directory above for specifics). You may also reach us at  Researchers can then make arrangements with staff for a conference call and/or web/phone-based meeting(s).

All documents and correspondence regarding human subjects research project submissions for the North Texas Regional IRB are now completed through our electronic submission system, IRBNet. For assistance regarding IRBNet, please refer to our IRBNet User Manual, or contact a member of the North Texas Regional IRB staff (see contact information above).


The North Texas Regional IRB is a committee of highly-qualified individuals with various backgrounds and areas of expertise to promote complete and adequate review of human subject research activities including those which involve vulnerable subjects. In addition, the board has the expertise and capacity, as required by federal regulations, to review prisoner research.


ORC is organized within the Division of Research & Innovation at UNTHSC. As such, we collaborate with other appropriate offices within the Division (e.g., Office of Sponsored Programs) in coordinating human subject research at UNTHSC, in addition to working with our other collaborators: the Office of Clinical Research at John Peter Smith (JPS) Health Network and the Office of Sponsored Projects at UNT-Dallas. Click the Division of Research & Innovation Directory link for a listing of the Division of Research & Innovation.

This page was last modified on July 15, 2022