The University requires either Pitt or UPMC email addresses in order to gain access to MyIBC.
There are two (2) distinct protocol application systems within MyIBC.
- One is for the IBC review of research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules.
- The other application system is for the use and handling of human embryonic stem cells, or human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSc) that are administered into animals (hSCRO).
In order to gain access to either OR both of the application review systems in MyIBC, users must complete the relevant training module/s
For IBC: The NIH Guidelines requires training for all researchers and laboratory personnel working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. This is currently a one-time requirement.
- Take the "Biosafety — MyIBC" Training Module on the University of Pittsburgh's CITI Access Portal website
For hSCRO: The University of Pittsburgh requires training for all researchers and laboratory personnel working with human stem cells in order to access MyIBC. This is currently a one-time requirement.
- Take the "Human Stem Cell Research" Training Module on the University of Pittsburgh's CITI Access Portal website
To get started with the Training Modules:
- Set up your CITI account
- Click the "Login" button to sign on your CITI Account
- Search for the appropriate course, and be sure to add it to the list of courses.
- Once the course is completed, access will be provided to MyIBC - AFTER the data transfer from CITI (typically overnight)
IBC User Training opportunities: Upcoming IBC Workshops, Guidance and Training
The IBC offers personalized Q&A, guidance, and/or training for the online IBC submission process (MyIBC)
To schedule an appointment, or request a customized session to meet your specific needs, email email@example.com.
Investigator Responsibilities under the NIH Guidelines, Section IV-B-7:
The investigator is responsible for full compliance with the NIH Guidelines in the conduct of research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, including ensuring that reporting requirements are fulfilled, and is accountable for any reporting lapses.
See the IBC Policy definition of Investigator or view the NIH Office of Science Policy Brochure
Dual Use Research (DUR) and Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC):
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) is defined as life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security. DURC training module »
For more information: University of Pittsburgh DURC website
Page updated 01 March 2023; included NIH OSP Brochure on Investigator Responsibilities