The Office for Responsible Conduct of Research has combined with the Office for Protection of Human Subjects to become Research Compliance Services. Research Compliance Services supports and protects the interests of the University, faculty, staff, students and research subjects in research compliance matters. Our key service areas include:
- Assisting researchers in disclosing and managing financial conflicts of interest
- Training and education in research ethics and research compliance
- Assessing and investigating allegations of research misconduct
- Protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects in University of Oregon research
In a recent review of metrics for the IRB, we compared UO review time metrics with data from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). AAHRPP’s metrics include data on how accredited human research protection programs perform. AAHRPP surveys accredited institutions annually to create new data. Our current data review indicates improvement in the average cycle time for both expedited and exempt review types. This table depicts our last year in comparison to the national average indicated by AAHRPP. These times reflect total time from protocol submission to approval, and therefore include time back with researchers for revisions. The RCS staff has made excellent progress this past year in streamlining processes and maximizing efficiency. RCS thanks the many faculty and community members who make up the IRB, who conduct reviews of new human subject research applications as well as continuation and amendment reviews for previously approved research. Research Compliance Services facilitates the IRB review for over 1,500 active human research studies. Please feel free to contact Research Compliance Services at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like more information.
On August 23, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a Final Rule amending existing financial conflict of interest regulations.
Two new tools are available to assist researchers with meeting federal requirements for responsible conduct of research (RCR) training. The University of Oregon now offers on-line RCR training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Research Compliance Services has also developed guidance for Principal Investigators for developing an RCR instruction plan as part of NIH funding applications.
The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct is an interactive movie produced by the federal Office of Research Integrity (ORI) that can be viewed online. In The Lab, viewers assume the role of one of four characters associated with a research laboratory – graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, principal investigator, or Research Integrity Officer – and make decisions about research integrity that can have long-term consequences. The movie touches on topics such as research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, data management, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices.
The integrity of research depends critically on accurate, organized and accessible data. The University Libraries, Information Services, and the Office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education have jointly developed resources that can help you with data management at all stages of your research, from conceptualization of a project to the archiving and disposal of research materials.
The Managing Your Data webpages include a wealth of resources on data management, including:
- guidance on how to develop a data management plan at the outset of your research project
- an overview of federal funding agency requirements for data management planning and data sharing
- a list of subject-specific data repositories where you can share your data
- information on research computing resources on campus
A number of workshops and training sessions have been held for graduate students, faculty and researchers on creating data management plans for NSF grant proposals and on responsible data management practices. More such sessions may be offered in the future. To arrange a workshop or training session, contact Brian Westra, Lorry I. Lokey Science Data Services Librarian.