Jones to head Human Research Protection Office

Martha F. Jones has been named executive director of the Human Research Protection Office effective April 6.


As executive director of human studies, Jones will be responsible for planning, developing and implementing processes, systems, programs and activities to support the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Jones was director of the Human Subjects Office at the University of Iowa in Iowa City since 2004 and chair of the university’s IRBs since 2002. In those roles, she directed the administrative activities of the Human Subjects Office in support of IRBs and chaired boards overseeing biomedical, social science/behavioral and Veterans Administration research.

She was instrumental in leading the University of Iowa to become the first U.S. academic institution to achieve accreditation from the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs in 2003. She also developed, implemented and led the transition from a paper-based Human Research Protection Program application and database tracking system to an electronic integrated system.

Jones was course co-director of Clinical Research Ethics in the Iowa Scholars in Clinical Investigation and the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She has served as a site reviewer for the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs since 2007. She had been on the University of Iowa staff since 1983 in various roles.

Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and a master’s degree in audiology, both from the University of Iowa.