Research Resources - Administrative, Regulatory and Educational

This directory provides links to support services, policies, procedures, and regulations related to the conduct of research.

To submit updates, or to request the addition of a resource, please contact Paul Wood at pgw@pitt.edu or (412) 648-9618.

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Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences

Suite 302 Iroquois Building
412-647-8232
F: 412-647-8222
Website

The purpose of the Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is to advance the academic, clinical, and service missions of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC through the continuing professional development of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other health professionals and the translation of biomedical knowledge into clinical practice.

The effects of the Center's activities are measured through the assessment of knowledge, professional performance, clinical outcomes, and population health. This is accomplished through a variety of methodologies including survey tools, reflective exercises, pre- and post-activity knowledge and competency testing, and measurement of healthcare outcomes. These data are used to assess the effectiveness of our activities and to continuously improve the quality of education offered to our target audiences.

Center for Health Equity

125 Parran Hall
130 DeSoto Street
412-624-5665
F: 412-624-8679
Website

The Center for Health Equity focuses on excess premature mortality (deaths before age 65) in populations experiencing health inequities with four major aims:

  1. To gain a further understanding of the causes of health inequities with a focus on Western Pennsylvania and, more specifically, Allegheny County
  2. To develop, implement, and evaluate interventions designed to reduce those inequities
  3. To provide capacity-building services to community organizations in our region
  4. To disseminate findings and experiences through the CHE website, conferences, and peer-reviewed publications.

Center for Military Medicine Research

Bridgeside Point II
450 Technology Drive
412-624-3420
Website

The Center for Military Medicine Research (CMMR) was established in June 2012 to provide a formal mechanism through which the challenges and opportunities of casualty care and wound healing can be examined at an advanced research level. The center has identified a network of successful partnerships and collaborations between scientists, clinicians, industry, and the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to foster the most promising research technologies and therapeutic strategies.

Areas of Focus include:

  • Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Transplantation immunology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Human performance
  • Vision Restoration
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Center for Research on Health Care

Suite 600
230 McKee Place
412-692-4853
Website

The Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC) was created as a place where investigators can transform ideas into feasible projects, work together in multidisciplinary health services research teams, establish a broad-based research agenda, and train leaders and investigators in the conduct of health services research.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute(CTSI)

Suite 401 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
412-648-2332
F: 412-648-2741
Website

The mission of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh is to improve the efficiency with which biomedical advances translate to improvements in the health of the community. CTSI is transforming the process of clinical and translational research through the provision of research and educational resources, thus training and enabling scientists to generate and translate new biomedical knowledge.

  • Research Participant Registry
  • Regulatory Core
  • Clinical and Translational Research Center
  • Design Biostatistics and Ethics Core

Conflict of Interest (COI) Office

Ground Floor Hieber Building
3500 Fifth Avenue
412-383-1735
Website

The University of Pittsburgh has put policies in place - consistent with federal guidelines - that require the reporting and management of the potential conflicts of interest of its faculty, administrators, and staff. The Conflict of Interest Web site makes available COI-related policies and procedures, compliance forms, resource and training materials, and other information on this important issue that will be of interest to the University community.

Education and Compliance Office - For Human Subject Research

Sute 205 Hieber Building
3500 Fifth Avenue
412-383-1711
F: 412-383-1388
Website

The Education and Compliance Office for Human Subject Research (ECO-HSR) provides research compliance services and education for bio-medical and psycho-social researchers in all departments and schools throughout the University.  In particular, the ECO-HSR conducts Research Investigator Start-Up Education (RISE) reviews and monitoring sponsor-investigator IND/IDE protocols. In addition, the ECO-HSR program includes a strong research education component. The Pitt Research Network Seminar Series (PRN) is a collaboration between the ECO-HSR and the IRB to provide updated regulatory education and information on “best research practices.” ECO-HSR staff members also provide presentations on good research practices to individual departments upon request.

Education and Compliance Office - For Laboratory Animal Research

Suite 200 Hieber Building
3500 Fifth Avenue
412-383-2008
F: 412-383-2020
Website

The role of the compliance component associated with the Laboratory Animal Research Program is oversight through (a) random protocol reviews, (b) “for cause” protocol audits, and (c) semi-annual site visits to animal housing and use areas.  There is a close association between this office and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Environmental Health and Safety Department

Floor 4 Public Safety Building
3412 Forbes Avenue
412-624-9505
F: 412-624-8524
Website

Contact EHS to obtain information and assistance concerning Health and safety within the laboratories and offices at the University. The objectives of the University of Pittsburgh General Health and Safety Program are to:

  • identify potential hazards to health and safety at the University of Pittsburgh;
  • prescribe suitable means for the evaluation and control of hazards;
  • investigate all accidents and institute corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence;
  • provide guidance for compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and make specific reference to such regulations where appropriate;
  • promote health and safety awareness among University faculty, staff, and students by developing and implementing effective training programs to minimize the impact of workplace hazards. 

Health Sciences Library System (HSLS)

200 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
412-648-8866
Website

The Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) at the University of Pittsburgh offers a wide array of information services, educational opportunities, and resources in print and electronic format to faculty, students and researchers in the Schools of the Health Sciences.  The HSLS web site is the primary access point for library information.

Information Resources: 

HSLS offers access to  at thousands of databases and full-text electronic journals and books.  Consult PITTCat for the Health Sciences for complete information about HSLS print and electronic resources.

Research Consultation: 

Arrange an individualized consultation with a reference librarian.  A consult could include any of the following: developing/refining a complicated search strategy, locating an appropriate electronic resource, advice on how to approach a difficult topic, data management concerns, systematic review assistance, IACUC searches, or techniques for using the Web to locate specific information.  Contact the information services department or call 412-648-8866.

Molecular Biology Information Service: 

Provides bioinformatics support via workshops, videos, access to data analysis software, consultations, and a comprehensive Web site.   For further information contact Dr. Carrie Iwema, 412-383-6887 or Dr. Ansuman Chattopadhyay, 412-648-1297.

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