Division of Research Updates

May. 6, 2021


Office of Research Integrity

As UNLV faculty continue to pursue ever expanding opportunities in research, the Division of Research not only helps to facilitate this process but also ensures UNLV research is conducted ethically and within the boundaries of applicable laws and regulations. 

The Office of Research Integrity is charged with ensuring compliance with such regulations, including the protection of human subjects in research. In 2019 and 2020, our Human Subjects Program (i.e., IRB) continued to experience increased volume in submitted research protocols while also seeing a growth in scientific complexity of proposed research. As a result, the time to review and approve IRB research protocols grew. Fortunately, due to increased staffing and revisions of procedures, UNLV’s IRB turn-around-times now fall far below the national (AAHRPP)* averages.

To provide perspective, AAHRPP median turn-around-times are as follows:
Protocols designated as Full Board: 44.25 days
Protocols designated as Expedited: 21 days
Protocols designated as Exempt: 13 days

Current UNLV IRB turn-around-times are: 
Protocols designated as Full Board: 12 days**
Protocols designated as Expedited: 11 days
Protocols designated as Exempt: 5 days

While monthly averages vary, the Human Subjects Program has consistently outperformed national averages for 2021. 

*Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs
**Full Board metric drawn from January 2021 report.


Office of Sponsored Projects
Stephanie Page is featured in UNLV Today on Monday, May 3, 2021. She talks about how she left UNLV and why she decided to come back, her lessons learned during COVID-19, and what her hectic workday looks like and why she wouldn’t change a thing.

Read her (Remote) Interview here:  https://www.unlv.edu/news/article/remote-interview-stephanie-page  


UNLV's Sports Research and Innovation Initiative hosted the inaugural #SportResearchSummit in March – it was open exclusively to UNLV researchers interested in the study of sport! The summit welcomed more than 70 attendees who discussed everything from esports and sports betting to sport business and sport psychology. 

Stay tuned for future events open to all, but in the meantime, a recording of the summit can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_Cn5l-RMP0