ANNOUNCEMENT:   Dr. Rebecca Izzo-Manymules, Ph.D. selected as the New NNHRRB Chairperson.

"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. 

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NNHRRB awards Pendleton Robes to outgoing NNHRRB Board Members for Appreciation at 2019 Navajo Research Conference 10-16-19

-Dr. Mark C. Bauer, Ph.D. Served on NN IRB 2005 - 2019. Appointed from the Office of NN President/Vice-President

-Mr. Wallace McGilbert, Sr. Served on NN IRB 2011 - 2019, Appointed from NAIHS Health Board

-Dr. Raymond Reid, MD, Served on NN IRB 1996 - 2019, Appointed from Office of NN President/Vice-President

23rd Navajo Nation Council Recognized
and Awarded Sincere Gratitude and Appreciation
for Services to Navajo Nation Human
Research Review Board Members on 10-16-18.

(Members L-R:
Ms. Beverly Becenti-Pigman, Chairperson, - over 25 years;
Wallace McGilbert,- 7 years;
Dr. Raymond Reid, MD, - 22 years;
Dr. David Begay, PhD - 15 years;
Dr. Mark C. Bauer, PhD - 13 years ;
Ms. Ursula Knoki-Wilson, MSN, MPH - 11 years;
Honorable Jonathan Hale,
HEHS Chair, Dr. Kalvin White, PhD - 11 years;
Dr. Rebecca Izzo-Manymules, PhD – 13 Years. (Not in Picture).)

Good Job! and Thank You!

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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

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,, 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: 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!


January 19, 2021

Institutional Review Board

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February 16, 2021

NNHRB 2019 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: or

Dr. Rebecca Izzo-Manymules, Ph.D. Chairperson,

Click here for 2021 Meeting Schedule file  
January 22, 2020 February 16, 2021
February 26, 2021 March 16, 2021
March 26, 2021 April 20, 2021
April 23, 2021 May 18, 2021
May 21, 2021 June 15, 2021
June 25, 2021 July 1, 2021
July 23, 2021 August 17, 2021
August 27, 2021 September 21, 2021
September 24, 2021 October 19, 2021
October 23, 2021 November 16, 2021
November 26, 2021 December 21, 2021