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Log on account:

  • Log on accounts and authentication of user accounts are controlled by HSConnect which uses your email address as your username.
    • All changes to your profile (email address, telephone number, department, etc.) must be edited in HSConnect. No changes can be made directly in OSIRIS.
    • If you have forgotten your password, click here to reset it. You can then login to your account at www.hsconnect.pitt.edu and revise your new password if needed.
  • If you do not know your username, or are having difficulties retrieving your password, please submit a support request to irb@pitt.edu.

Human Subjects training requirements:

  • All students, faculty and staff conducting research with human subjects must complete specific Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI) training before initiating research activities and before access to OSIRIS (IRB on-line application) will be granted. The training guidelines listed below vary according to each individual’s role in conducting the research as well as the nature of the research being performed.  Therefore, these should be considered as guidelines to both required and optional modules.  Go to http://www.citi.pitt.edu/ to access the Pitt CITI Portal.
  • At a minimum, the IRB requires each investigator to complete two courses, which vary depending on the background and interests of the researcher.  Three researcher “learner groups” exist:  (a) biomedical researchers; (b) social & behavioral researchers; (c) undergraduate students.  There are two courses that must be completed within each learner group.  The “Basic” course covers the protection of human subjects; the “RCR” Course covers the responsible conduct of research. Individuals who have previously completed CITI modules for another institutional training program may be able to transfer those credits to our site if those modules were completed within the prior 12 months.
  • Similarly, individuals seeking to meet certification for other entities (e.g., VA Medical Centers) may be able to transfer Pitt CITI credits to those programs. An account to log on requires completion of specific training modules.

**Navigating OSIRIS:

Click here to access the Navigating OSIRIS document which provides step-by-step instructions with screen shots. If you need additional assistance, email us at irb@pitt.edu.

Useful External Tools:

(Unless otherwise noted, these tools are not supported by the University of Pittsburgh and the University is not responsible for any issues encountered while using these tools)

  • ieSpell is a free spell checking application designed specifically for Internet Explorer. You may find this tool useful while working with this system.

Additional Help:

  • If you cannot find what you need here and your are logged on to OSIRIS, click on the "Help" tab at the very top of the page to submit a formal request for assistance or email us at irb@pitt.edu. This request will be forwarded to support personnel who will respond to the issue reported.
  • If you cannot log on to OSIRIS, please contact the IRB by phone at 412 383-1480 or by email at irb@pitt.edu.

Supported Web Browsers:

  • Microsoft Windows (all versions)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 5.5 or later
    • Netscape Navigator, version 4.79 or later
    • Mozilla, version 1.5 or later
    • Firefox, version 1.0 or later
    • Opera, version 7.10 or later
  • Macintosh OS X or later
    • Safari, version 1.1 or later
    • Mozilla, version 1.5 or later
    • Netscape Navigator, version 4.79 or later

Scheduled OSIRIS Downtime:

  • OSIRIS is subject to weekly downtime for maintenance between 11 pm Saturday through 7 am Sunday. It is possible that OSIRIS will be unavailable during this time. During these rare occassions, a warning will be posted on the home page alerting users to the expected resumption of service.