Participating DOE Laboratories and Sites

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory is a major multi-program research institution managed and operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by the UChicago Argonne LLC. Argonne occupies 1,500 wooded acres about 25 miles southwest of Chicago. The site also houses the U.S. Department of Energy's Chicago Operations Office. As the United States’ first national laboratory, chartered in 1946, Argonne was given the initial mission of developing nuclear reactors for peaceful purposes. Today, the laboratory has about 2,800 employees and supports upwards of 200 research projects, ranging from studies of the atomic nucleus to global climate change research.

Argonne has five major mission areas, each of which fulfills important governmental and Department of Energy responsibilities and provides significant benefits to our society:

  • Conducting basic scientific research
  • Operating national scientific facilities
  • Enhancing the nation's energy resources
  • Developing better ways to manage environmental problems
  • Protecting National Security

Industrial technology development is an important Argonne activity for moving benefits of the Laboratory’s publicly funded research to industry to help strengthen the nation's technology base. Also Argonne's Division of Educational Programs provides a wide range of educational opportunities for faculty and students ranging from leading national universities to local junior high schools. More people attend educational programs at Argonne than at any other DOE national laboratory.

At present, only a limited number of human subject research projects are conducted at Argonne National Laboratory. The University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Division Institutional Review Board is the IRB of record for Argonne. In return, through the Argonne IRB coordinator provides reviewer support for the University of Chicago IRB. This mutually supportive working relationship continues to prove beneficial in providing protections for human subjects in research at both institutions.

The Former Worker Medical Surveillance Program conducted for former workers from Argonne is sponsored by the DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security. Screening for Argonne former workers is one component of the multi-site National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP). The Oak Ridge Site-wide IRB, serves as the DOE IRB of record for this multi-site program for reviews of medical screening protocols, informational materials, and consent forms.

Content reviewed: November 12, 2013