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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 648-9618.
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Health Sciences Web Portal
The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences sponsors this website. The purposes of the site are:
- to provide a starting point for access to educational and research-related activities in the health sciences community at Pitt and the UPMC,
- to make available information on health sciences research-related activities, including providing information on funding opportunities,
- to provide a starting point to additional Internet-based, health sciences related resources,
- to provide information about events happening across the Schools of the Health Sciences and the UPMC,
- to serve as a gateway for the health sciences community to University web sites that are of practical interest, and
- to alert the health sciences community to scientific news of interest and other important announcements.
Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Office
The primary purpose of the University of Pittsburgh’s hSCRO Committee is to ensure that all federal and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regulations governing the conduct of human embryonic stem cell research are met and that other human stem cell research is conducted in accordance with the general principles expressed in the National Academies’ Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, with the policies and procedures adopted by the hSCRO Committee, and with other relevant University of Pittsburgh research policies. Human embryonic stem cell research conducted at the University must also comply with the applicable NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.
As there may be potential ethical concerns with any pluripotent stem cell research, the hSCRO Committee’s purview includes oversight of both embryonic and certain types of non-embryonic stem cell research. The hSCRO Committee’s specialized expertise and knowledge of the broad scope of human stem cell research being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh allows the Committee to serve as a valuable resource.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
The University of Pittsburgh Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the university's animal programs, facilities and procedures insuring the appropriate care, use, and humane treatments of animals being used for research, testing and education. The IACUC serves as a resource to faculty, investigators, technicians, students, staff, and administrators, providing guidance in fulfilling the obligation to plan and conduct all animal use procedures with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.
Institutional Biosafety Committee
The University of Pittsburgh Institutional Biosafety (IBC) Committee is responsible for reviewing and ensuring compliance with the NIH Guidelines on all research activities that involve recombinant DNA (rDNA) including human gene transfer clinical trials.
For guidance on export of dual-use research items, please contact the Office of Research.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University of Pittsburgh is an appropriately constituted administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in research activities. In accordance with the regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in (in order to approve) or disapprove all research activities involving humans that fall within its jurisdiction.
Internet Based Studies in Education and Research
The program provides training to individuals in the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and its affiliated institutions, who wish to participate in biomedical and medical research and clinical activities. Currently, the program has developed modules relating to Responsible Conduct of Research, Patient Safety & Risk Management, Safety Training and UPMC Related Training.
Investigational Drug Service - UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
The Investigational Drug Service (IDS), UPMC Department of Pharmacy, evaluates planned procedures for ordering, receipt, storage, preparation, dispensing, and billing of drugs used in research studies. The IDS also evaluates procedures to ensure compliance with informed consent documentation, and the provision of critical information on investigational new drugs to the Study Coordinators, Investigators and Pharmacy Staff.
Office for Investigator-Sponsored IND and IDE Support (O3IS)
The University of Pittsburgh Office for Investigator-Sponsored IND and IDE Support (O3IS) is a combined service of the Office of Clinical Research, Health Sciences, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Research Conduct and Compliance Office; established for the purpose of providing assistance to University researchers involved in the development and submission of investigator-sponsored Investigational New Drug (IND) applications and Investigational Device Exemptions (IDEs) for acceptance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the conduct of clinical research studies under such FDA-accepted applications and exemptions. Contact Mr. Dennis Swanson, RPh, MS, Director, O3IS.
Office of Academic Career Development
OACD is dedicated to providing professionals in the schools of the health sciences (the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) with the professional tools, resources, and support they need to achieve their full potential as leaders in biomedical research, education, and clinical practice. As a model for comprehensive academic career development programs internationally, OACD seeks to empower the academic health science community, including graduate and medical students, postdoctoral associates and scholars, residents, clinical associates, and faculty by providing academic career development guidance, training, and support.
Office of Clinical Research, Health Sciences
The Office of Clinical Research, Health Sciences (OCR) promotes the growth of clinical research within and across the six schools of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. The OCR’s mission is to facilitate promotion of an interdisciplinary collaborative environment that fosters the translation of research to the community. A successful collaborative environment will increase the institution’s competitiveness for clinical and translational research initiatives, promote the development of junior clinical investigators, facilitate participant recruitment into clinical research studies, and improve health in the community by increasing access to university-based and medical system-wide clinical research. In addition, OCR provides research-related resources for participants, investigators and research staff.
The Office offers a number of services including the Study Design and Statistical Consultation Service (including assistance with study design, data collection methods and data analyses), an Institutional Data and Safety Monitoring Board (IDSMB), and assistance in participant recruitment. In addition, OCR provides education and training resources for investigators, coordinators and other key personnel involved in clinical research. The OCR website provides information on these as well as clinical research studies currently being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh.