Categories of Biomaterials Needing IBC Review and Approval
All research involving prions will be reviewed at a convened meeting of the Institutional Biosafety Committee. A biosafety level of 2 should be expected as a minimum requirement from the IBC, for research involving prions. Depending on the nature of the research, BSL-3 containment may be required.
There are additional links to resources pertaining to with prions listed on the Helpful Links page of this website.
The PI should complete the appropriate protocol form and submit it to the Office of University Research Compliance. This office will coordinate review by the IBC.
The University has additional oversight procedures for research involving prions. Investigators should contact the Biological Safety Officer for more information about receiving approval to conduct research involving prions.