"Indigenous people and researchers: building collaborative partnerships and the importance of responsibilities, ethics, and values of research on the Navajo Nation"

The mission of the Navajo Nation Research Program is to support research that promotes and enhances the interests and the visions of the Navajo people: to encourage a mutual and beneficial partnership between the Navajo people and researchers; and to create an interface where different cultures, lifestyles, disciplines, and ideologies can come together in a way that improves, promotes, and strengthens the health of the Navajo people.

The Navajo Nation Human Research Review Board (NNHRB) was developed in March 1996 to guarantee ethical research for the Diné people. 



June 19th, 2018
From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NN Administration Bldg. #2,
NDOH Conference Room
Window Rock, AZ

06-19-2018 Meeting Agenda
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On July 17th, 2018
From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NN Administration Bldg. #2,
NDOH Conference Room
Window Rock, AZ


Upcoming Events

Luminaries Lecture Series OHRP’s Luminaries Lecture Series features thought-provoking presentations by esteemed individuals in human research protections and bioethics. Click here for more information

The Belmont Report: 39 and looking good OHRP’s Belmont Report website has gotten a makeover! In 1979, the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research released a report titled “Ethical Principle and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research,” which is commonly referred to as the “Belmont Report.” Click here for more information

Vision, Design, and Capacity Training for Technical Writers is a grant writing training.
These sessions are on a first come first serve basis and will be limited to 30 people.

Dates: June 25th-26th, 2018

Location: Twin Arrows Casino, AZ

Registration Form (Microsoft Word)

UNM HSC Human Research Protections Program “Shifting the Research Environment: New Trends, New Rules”

Dates: July 17-18, 2018

Location: UNM Domenici North Wing Room 3740 (New Building 3rd Floor), Univ. of New Mexico, NM

More information (FLYER):

For Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/research-university-2018-registration-44813431179

2nd Annual National Native Health Research Training Conference

Dates: August 8-10, 2018

Location: Mystic Lake Center, Prior Lake, MN

More information: http://nnhrti.org

Carolina in My Mind (and travel plans)

Join OHRP for a Research Community Forum about “Community Engagement: Current Challenges and New Directions,” co-sponsored by East Carolina University on September 25-26, 2018 in Greenville, North Carolina. The workshop day will feature interactive presentations on applying the HHS regulations, with a focus on the revised Common Rule. The conference day will focus on thought-provoking topics related to community engagement, and include breakout sessions on research with vulnerable populations and the role of patient advocates. Check out the agenda and view the full program!

You can find the agenda and more information about registration at: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/research/OHRP_Conf.cfm

New! OHRP Exploratory Workshop

“Meeting New Challenges in Informed Consent in Clinical Research” Friday, September 7, 2018 The OHRP Exploratory Workshop is a new initiative to provide a forum for intellectual exchange within the research community on issues important for human subjects protections. The workshop will bring together experts from diverse perspectives to discuss challenges for informed consent and innovative ways to address them. The meeting will be videocast and free to the public, so mark your calendar for September 7, 2018! A full agenda will be available soon.


Educational Workshop at NIH’s OER Regional Seminar on October 17, 2018 in San Francisco, CA: https://regionalseminars.od.nih.gov/sanfrancisco2018/

Your Institution + OHRP = Awesome Opportunities

Have you considered hosting an OHRP educational event in your community? If so, now is a great time to turn your thoughts into action! OHRP co-sponsors several educational workshops each year across the country. The goal of these events is to promote the protection of human subjects by directly engaging with IRB professionals and investigators from a diverse range of institutions. OHRP’s one-day educational workshops focus on understanding, interpreting, and applying the HHS regulations. OHRP staff also works with hosting institutions to ensure that topics relevant to their specific needs are integrated into the program.

OHRP is currently planning FY2019 activities and would like to hear from interested groups. You can learn more about co-sponsoring an educational workshop at your institution at: https://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/education-and-outreach/educational-collaboration-with-ohrp/workshops/index.html

Educational Resources for Research Participants

Explaining research to prospective research participants can be challenging. One year ago, OHRP launched its public outreach website, About Research Participation, www.hhs.gov/about-research-participation, to help potential volunteers better understand research and make informed decisions. Since then, we’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the research and patient communities, and continue to hear about new and creative ways these materials are being used to educate prospective volunteers and improve the informed consent process.

Available resources include short videos about participating in research, and a list of questions for prospective participants to consider. All of the resources, including the videos, are available in English and Spanish. And because OHRP’s educational materials are free to the public, you can use any and all of them as much as you’d like! If you have any questions or would like source files for off-line use, email the education division at: OHRP-Edu@hhs.gov. If you’ve been using the About Research Participation resources in your institution, we’d love to hear from you!

Please consider sharing this information with your colleagues and other human research protection professionals and programs!

SACHRP Meeting in July

The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will be meeting in Rockville, MD, July 10-11, 2018. SACHRP meetings are open to the public, or you can watch the proceedings on a live webcast. Details about each meeting are posted in the Federal Register approximately two weeks in advance, or you can check OHRP’s website for more information: https://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp-committee/meetings



Feb 13, 2018

Health, Education, and Human Services Committee support the development of a genetics research policy for the Navajo Nation

NNHRB 2017 Meeting Schedule

Meetings held every 3rd Tuesday of each month
at Navajo Department of Health East Conference
Room (NDOH)
(Schedule subject to change without advance notice)

** One (1) complete original NNHRRB application/protocol and ten (10) copies due to NNHRRB office by 5:00PM on submission date.


(Copies must be collated, stapled or binder clipped)

For information or inquiries, please contact Mike Winney at:

Navajo Department
of Health
Navajo Research Office
Post Office Box 1390
Window Rock, Arizona 86515

Telephone Number:
(928) 871-6929

Fax Number:
(928) 871-6255

E-mail Address:
michael.winney@nndoh.org or
Ms. Becenit-Pigman

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May 25, 2018 June 19, 2018
June 22, 2018 July 17, 2018
July 27, 2018 August 21, 2018
August 24, 2018 September 18, 2018
September 28, 2018 October 16, 2018
October 26, 2018 November 20, 2018
November 23, 2018 December 18, 2018